LATEST POSTS ON COMMUNICATION & NEGOTIATIONS

Good Leadership Is About Communicating “Why”

In an ongoing crisis, clear communication is more important and more difficult than when things seem normal. Employees and customers are hungry for information, so we’re tempted to pull together presentations and communicate with urgency instead of with careful planning. But if we present without addressing our audience’s core questions of what, how, and why, we’ll sow more […]

How to Negotiate…with Your Kids

You’re going to negotiate with your kids today, probably multiple times. According to one informal survey of 2,000 parents, we negotiate with our children an average of six times a day (lasting about eight minutes each, or 24 hours a month). Imagine how much these numbers have escalated under the circumstances many now find themselves — […]

What Makes a Great Pitch

At one point or the other, every startup will present their idea, product, or service in front of a big audience. The ability to present is one that you can learn, if you feel rather uncomfortable on stage. But where to start? How do you prepare an excellent pitch? We gathered a few practical insights […]

LATEST POSTS ON LEARNING & INNOVATION

Lead Your Team Into a Post-Pandemic World

During the Covid-19 crisis, I’ve spoken with many CEOs who have shared that a key priority for them, naturally, has been the safety and well-being of their employees. And there are many examples of inspiring actions taken by CEOs and companies in support of their employees. But as we’ve come to recognize that this crisis will last […]

How CEOs Can Lead Selflessly Through a Crisis

You might think that crises tend to bring out the worst in people, but that isn’t reflected in how we view our leaders, at least. In fact, crises cause us to view leaders as more charismatic and effective than we normally do. This is probably why U.S. presidents are almost universally re-elected in times of war. And research has […]

LATEST POSTS ON BIOTECHNOLOGY & HEALTHCARE

THALASSEMIA, WHEN EVERY DROP COUNTS

Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder. People with Thalassemia disease are not able to make enough hemoglobin, which causes severe Anaemia. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and carries oxygen to all parts of the body. When there is not enough hemoglobin in the red blood cells, oxygen cannot get to all parts of […]

Researchers Uncover New Details Behind Alzheimer’s Using Cryo-EM and Mass Spectrometry

Tau protein is associated with causing Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative brain diseases. However, it has been difficult for scientists to pinpoint exactly why these proteins can cease their usual protective function and end up aggregating to form large tangles that cause the damaged cells seen in the brains of dementia patients. In an exciting study published […]

LATEST POSTS ON CAREERS & PLANNING

Thriving as a woman in Sales

A first-hand account of the challenges (and rewards) for women in frontline roles.  Dear members of the leadership team, Hope you are well and had a good weekend. As you know, becoming more inclusive and diverse as a company, is a critical imperative for us at Ndiema. Over the last few months, we have had […]

You’ve Been Furloughed. Now What?

Many of us join companies thinking we will have a clear path of progression and growth for years to come. For the most part, since the last recession, this has been true. But what started as a health crisis has evolved into a redefinition of work, with an estimated 18 million Americans furloughed since mid-March. The economy has […]

LATEST POSTS ON RELATIONSHIPS & DECISION MAKING

Take laughing seriously

Why so serious? Laughter and play make life so much better.  When I introduce myself in India to someone for the first time, the stereotypical question I often get asked is “So, are you very serious”? Gambhir means serious in Hindi and you can imagine why that would be a routine ice-breaker question! Now, in real life, I am not entirely […]

Managing your boss

Your manager is crucial to your success (and vice versa). How do you nurture this relationship?  Like many of you, I have had my fair share of both productive and unproductive relationships with my previous bosses. While I was recently reflecting on these relationships, I recognised that in the early part of my career, I tended to […]

LATEST POSTS ON LEADERSHIP & STRATEGY

Good Leadership Is About Communicating “Why”

In an ongoing crisis, clear communication is more important and more difficult than when things seem normal. Employees and customers are hungry for information, so we’re tempted to pull together presentations and communicate with urgency instead of with careful planning. But if we present without addressing our audience’s core questions of what, how, and why, we’ll sow more […]

Feeling Uncomfortable with Reentry? You’re on the Right Track.

As Covid’s dizzying spin starts to slow, leaders are steeling themselves for the long road to recovery. An essential early step will be effectively addressing the anxieties of millions of workers who are worried about the future of their work and their health. Given the pain of this moment, there are plenty of “tips,” urging […]

LATEST POSTS ON PRODUCTIVITY & WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Steer Your Family Businesses Through an Unplanned Transition

Two years after her parents passed away, 63-year-old Alice Tazzi* found herself in a frustrating situation. As with several other recent efforts, she was unable to get her brothers to agree on a significant business investment. Alice had become president of her family business at the age of 61 after several decades watching from the […]

My list of top productivity apps

These 10 apps are proven “productivity enhancers”.  In my recent interactions with our regional sales teams in Kenya, I have been amazed by how actively our teams are using WhatsApp to constantly stay in touch and share information. Today, apps have become such an integral part of how we connect with our friends, family members […]

LATEST POSTS ON ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE

Thriving as a woman in Sales

A first-hand account of the challenges (and rewards) for women in frontline roles.  Dear members of the leadership team, Hope you are well and had a good weekend. As you know, becoming more inclusive and diverse as a company, is a critical imperative for us at Ndiema. Over the last few months, we have had […]

5 Tips for Safely Reopening Your Office

Open now? Open later? As debate rages about restarting economies, one critical element is absent from discussion. The predictor of our success or failure will have less to do with when businesses open their doors and more to do with how often people open their mouths. Decades of research suggest that the heart of a high reliability […]

LATEST POSTS ON TECHNOLOGY & OPERATIONS

Which Covid-19 Data Can You Trust?

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a tidal wave of data. As countries and cities struggle to grab hold of the scope and scale of the problem, tech corporations and data aggregators have stepped up, filling the gap with dashboards scoring social distancing based on location data from mobile phone apps and cell towers, contact-tracing apps using geolocation services and […]

Building a Transparent Supply Chain

BLOCKCHAIN CAN ENHANCE TRUST, EFFICIENCY AND SPEED. Blockchain, the digital record-keeping technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency networks, is a potential game-changer in the financial world. But another area where it holds great promise is supply chain management. Blockchain can greatly improve supply chains by enabling faster and more cost-efficient delivery of products, enhancing products’ […]

YOU WANT TO SUCCEED IN YOUR LAB? FOLLOW THIS TIPS

Handling, Storage and Shipment considerations for COVID-19 samples

In December 2019, a bunch of patients with a novel coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China. Initially, named 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the virus has now been named SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee of Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). This virus is the causative of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) which has brought economies to halt, […]

Protect Precious Samples So That You’re Ready For The Unexpected

Do you want to ensure optimal biobanking? What can you do to protect your unique collection and minimize the risks, so you can be ready to act and recover when the unforeseen happens? Risk mitigation, redundancy and monitoring can help. One of the worst nightmares a biobanker can face is the loss of samples that have […]

RADIO SAFETY

As a Healthcare Professional, What Is Your Role in Radiation Safety?

As a healthcare professional who works in medical imaging, you are most likely to work with equipment that produces ionizing radiation. It is your responsibility to balance the right dose for the patient to provide optimal care as per the prescribed standards. Apart from that, it is also your duty to protect yourself from harmful […]

ROBOTIC SURGERY

Understanding Thoracic Robotic Surgery

If you need thoracic (chest) surgery, UCLA is one of the most experienced centers in the world. Our thoracic robotic surgeons helped to develop robotic surgery since it became a major choice for surgeons as a form of treatment: UCLA thoracic robotic surgeons have been performing robotic chest procedures longer than anyone in California.   As […]

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a collection of related diseases caused by abnormal cell growth in a patient’s body. It occurs when normal checks on cellular division cease to function, resulting in excessive growth of cells in a specific tissue the body cannot control on its own. Cancer is not one single disease, and it develops from a […]

MICROBIOLOGY

Nine Safe Practices for the Microbiology Laboratory

  1. Treat all microorganisms as potential pathogens. While the majority of microorganisms are not pathogenic to humans and have never been shown to cause illness, under unusual circumstances a few microorganisms that are not normally pathogenic can act as pathogens. Treat all microorganisms—especially unknown cultures—as if they were pathogenic. A student who has a compromised […]

IMAGING

The Role of Backscattered Electrons in SEM Imaging

Unlike optical microscopes, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) use electrons rather than light rays to generate images of the specimen being studied. And to understand how SEMs work, it’s important to grasp the concept of backscattered electrons (BSEs). BSEs are high-energy electrons used to obtain high-resolution images that show the distribution of various elements that make up a sample. To […]