Head of Design, Digital Health R&D at AstraZeneca
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:
Salty, not sweet (pretzels, not chocolate)
I was robbed at gunpoint; it changed my life
I love movie quotes!
My favorite book is Denial of Death by Ernest Becker,
My favorite business book is Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman
I lost my sister to Leukemia when I was 15 (she was 18)
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
I took a class in DC on how to make French Macaroons, but I still can’t get them right
There was a time when I could do a great Katherine Hepburn impression, but those days are gone
I enjoy watching football (European, what we call soccer). I like AC Milan & Barcelona
My wife taught me what it means to be a good person (I married up, big time)
My wife is the hardest working, nicest person I know - I feel bad when she is working and I’m lounging on the couch
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).
My musical tastes are very eclectic, I don’t care for Opera or Country though
TV isn’t my thing, I love movies, especially comedies and suspense movies (not horror or supernatural thrillers)
Believe it or not, I’m not really a Sci-Fi guy
I’m not good in large social situations, they paralyze me
My drink of choice is Hendricks & Tonic with lime (you probably already know about the coffee)
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.
I drive a nice car, but I’m not really a car guy
I’m the least handy homeowner, ever. Changing lightbulbs is about where it ends for me