Testimonial

Zoltan Maliga of Harvard Medical School

Research Associate in Therapeutic Science at Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School
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If the goal is to build a dynamic ecosystem of companies, I feel this IBE workshop is a great structure to identify, develop and deploy talent.

Hi Curtis,

Thank you once again for including me in the IBE workshop. I wanted to provide written feed-back in case you might find it useful for promotional material, at the board meeting.The lectures were topically informative and engaging. The scope of Don Rose’s presentation might have been ambitious, none of the 1-2 hour lectures were dull and the speakers clearly invested time, mental effort and heart to prepare thoughtful surveys of their field of expertise (or experiences). I can’t over-emphasize how they set examples of positivity to create a safe and collaborative tone for the students. That, in turn, drove student communication and cross-pollination. Early framing of behavior as a critical component to entrepreneurial success clearly set this course apart. I may have been primed for the ‘word choice’ exercise from a project management course the previous day, but it was clear how the students adjusted their behavior as the word-choice enterprise scaled with some students adopting leadership positions consistent with their strengths - from note-taking to mediating. The meta-level feed-back on group dynamics, primarily from you and Gregg, primed me for constructive self-reflection and an ‘attitude adustment’ entering the final day that helped cement relationships with future colleagues (possibly), friends (definitely) and mentors (hopefully). Finally, I’m proud that members of our team added real value to Michael Munker’s company by providing a growth-driven business plan, investor pitch and cross-pond perspective.My only benchmark is a probably for-profit 4 day ‘Drug Development Boot-Camp’ with a broadly similar price point (3-4K). In several ways, the DDBC was a foil to the IBE workshop: class size (3-5x), structure (didactic lecture with a few practical break-out sessions) and speakers (positioning for consulting positions). It was successful in conveying information to drug company executives, of which there were many, and provided network opportunities for extremely driven and focused individuals. However, I did not receive the space or structure for reflection, collaboration and cross-polination as the IBE workshop.Your workshop is clearly designed for the open-minded participants to look over the walls of their organizational silos for fresh ideas, opportunities and best practices. The presentations helped tie together the diverse threads of the course - but given the time and preparation, I’d call it a useful exercise in team building, communication and creative failure. If the goal is to build a dynamic ecosystem of companies, I feel this IBE workshop is a great structure to identify, develop and deploy talent.