About me

  • Head of Design, Digital Health R&D at AstraZeneca

  • Super passionate about Problem Framing (1, 2)

  • Living in Paradise (Tampa, Florida)

  • Headphones on ~95% of the time (MS Teams or Spotify)

  • Super eclectic taste in music (Sade to Yngwie, Marvin Gaye to Metallica. Not a fan of country music)

  • Lisa’s husband (she is the better half, way better)

  • Live to work / highly engaged (positive, upbeat, glass half full and you can always refill it)

  • I believe people are inherently good

Passionately Opinionated, Admittedly Human

I am highly engaged and spend a lot of time thinking about the work, and bring a number of years of experience to the job, so when I offer an opinion, it’s generally because I’ve thought through things pretty deeply or because I understand the situation really well. I can usually rattle off a number of pros & cons pretty quickly. That said, I’m human, and fallible, and willing to admit when I'm wrong (when the facts change…). If there is a disagreement about something, I try to carve out time to challenge my thinking and consider alternate points of view…

Need to know

  • I’m roughly ~70% introvert, and really value alone time (I need it to recharge)

  • I prefer small teams of passionate people, and am totally comfortable working alone

  • I think most meetings are a waste of time, and am deeply suspicious of any that have more than 3 to 5 attendees… and most meetings are too long.

  • Hates when people credential themselves (repeatedly), I don’t care how much you know until I know how much you care

  • Hates when people complain

  • I’m totally comfortable (even thrive) with ambiguity

  • I want people to regard me as smart; and I write people off too quickly that I don’t think are smart or engaged (unengaged people are my kryptonite)

  • Blind Spots are organizational politics and assuming that everyone knows everything that I know or everything I’m thinking

Working with me

I'm an incredible optimist, and believe that most things are possible. When people say that things are hard or can't be done, I want (need) them to explain why.

  • I’m typically online and ready to meet by 6AM EST (11AM UK)

  • I tend to shut down around 5PM EST (10PM UK) for a couple of hours, but will work a few nights a week

  • Email or Teams, then text, then phone call.

  • I'm not good with small blocks of time. I need long blocks of uninterrupted time to be productive

I commit to the following, and look for the same in the people I work with:

  • Passionate ownership and engagement of the work I’m involved in

  • Be intellectually curious, and seek to understand as much as possible

  • Recognize the goal is delivery

  • Have genuine empathy for our customers and our team

  • Politics free - my only agenda is to improve the lives of patients, partners and co-workers

  • Admit I’m not always right, develop something to help us work through disagreements

Some snippets from me on a panel discussion at a Nielsen event. I'm the guy on the right in the white dress shirt.

~20 things you might not know about me:

  1. Salty, not sweet (pretzels, not chocolate)

  2. I was robbed at gunpoint; it changed my life

  3. I love movie quotes!

  4. My favorite book is Denial of Death by Ernest Becker,

  5. My favorite business book is Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman

  6. I lost my sister to Leukemia when I was 15 (she was 18)

  7. I’ve been to Canada, China, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and Thailand, - and would love to go back to any of them

  8. I took a class in DC on how to make French Macaroons, but I still can’t get them right

  9. There was a time when I could do a great Katherine Hepburn impression, but those days are gone

  10. I enjoy watching football (European, what we call soccer). I like AC Milan & Barcelona

  11. My wife taught me what it means to be a good person (I married up, big time)

  12. My wife is the hardest working, nicest person I know - I feel bad when she is working and I’m lounging on the couch

  13. My superpower if my ability to fall asleep anywhere, anytime... at the drop of a hat (unless I’m thinking about something work related, I have at least 1 work-related sleepless night a week).

  14. My musical tastes are very eclectic, I don’t care for Opera or Country though

  15. TV isn’t my thing, I love movies, especially comedies and suspense movies (not horror or supernatural thrillers)

  16. Believe it or not, I’m not really a Sci-Fi guy

  17. I’m not good in large social situations, they paralyze me

  18. My drink of choice is Hendricks & Tonic with lime (you probably already know about the coffee)

  19. I’ve traveled to 38 of the 50 states. States I’m missing are: Utah, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, Alabama, New Hampshire, Maine, Alaska, and Hawaii.

  20. I drive a nice car, but I’m not really a car guy

  21. I’m the least handy homeowner, ever. Changing lightbulbs is about where it ends for me


You can reach me at jstrande@gmail.com