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Monday, June 19 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
#137: The Worst Coworker on the Block: Can YOU Work with Difficult People? Yes, You Can!

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Component Type: Session
Level: Intermediate

The life science industry is dominated by teams. High-performing teams create a dynamic where innovation and productivity flourish. They respect and amplify the talents of the individual. Put simply: they get more done. However, even the most motivated teams can have challenging team members and, possibly, be derailed by those individuals. With candor (and humor), this session will outline specific extreme team member personalities (archetypes) that can disrupt a project or process. Small groups will focus on strategies for keeping cool, obtaining information, and maintaining team rapport with their challenging team member. Attendees will be encouraged to share their examples and solutions within their small group and then the larger audience. This will be an interactive session for attendees at all levels.

Learning Objectives

Discuss the challenges of working in a group dynamic; Detail strategies for handling challenging team members; Strategize how to create a better rapport.


Robin Whitsell

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Robin Whitsell

President, Whitsell Innovations, Inc.
Ms. Whitsell has 20 years of industry experience. Prior to founding WI, Ms. Whitsell was the assistant director of preclinical & clinical development at Inspire Pharmaceuticals, a team lead at GlaxoWellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline), and a CRA at Parexel International CRO. She was na... Read More →

Monday June 19, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Exhibit Hall McCormick Place 2301 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Gate 4 Chicago, IL 60616