Every ClinOps Professional Needs to Develop a Social Media Circle

Laurie Meehan has demonstrated prowess navigating the murky waters of social media. She has developed a strong presence through her work at Polaris Compliance Consultants, so when Meehan says everyone needs to develop their own online social circle, it pays to listen.  This doesn’t necessarily mean collecting thousands of twitter followers, 100K+ blog hits per month,…

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Enrich your ClinOps career through volunteering

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A Weekend to Remember and a Tradition in the Works In April, I drove up to Butte County, a 3.5 hour drive to the picturesque location of Camp Okizu, a childhood cancer camp for families. I spent the weekend with another 30+ individuals all committed to preparing the camp for the upcoming Onc Weekend. The…

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How do I manage millennial employees in clinical operations?

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Millennials (born between 1981 and 2000) will make up 75% of the work force within the next 10 years. Millennials are able to amplify their ideas and values (with social media, confidence, brand prowess, etc.). Already, millennials have achieved Senior Management positions and their presence has impacted corporate culture. And they get a bad rap.…

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What does a lead CRA look like?

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A lead CRA on Day 1 I was 27 years old when I walked in to the Clinical Research Associate (CRA) training room at my first Contract Research Organization (CRO) job. I’d flown in the day before, a 6-hour flight and then a chatty cab-ride along the waterfront. I’d barely slept. I was jittery. There…

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How to Network with ClinOps Toolkit

ClinOps Toolkit LinkedIn Group is great

ClinOps Toolkit Grows Again! We’re building a community for established clinical research professionals to meetup, share best practices for managing clinical trials, and voice issues and concerns from the everyday (or not so everyday) challenges in clinical trial operations. What’s in your ClinOps Toolkit? What skills do you need to focus and grow? If you…

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Have you met Daron Scott?

Meet Daron. Daron Scott, Senior Contributor – ClinOps Toolkit What gets measured gets managed. ~ Peter Drucker Mr. Consistency I am lucky to call Daron the original ClinOps Toolkit Volunteer Contributor and also my friend.  Daron is not Mr. Agreeable, or Mr. Social-Hour, or Mr. TellMeAboutYourFeelings, but he is absolutely Mr. Consistency.  His personality, difficult…

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4 things that Inhibit our Communication

Every CRA job description lists excellent communication skills — but how often do we think about what that means? The CRA role is task oriented and technical, however if you have poor communication skills you will be far a less effective CRA. This is a brief look at some of things that inhibit communication. Lack of clear…

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CRA Superhero

CRA Superhero Are you a CRA Superhero? I get asked all the time, “how does it feel to be a CRA Superhero?”  OK, so that is total malarkey, nobody has ever called me a superhero.  I can tell you honestly though that it often feels a bit bitter, exhausting, and hopeless. I’ve made myself a…

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How do you build meaningful relationships with your network?

Cultivating Meaningful Relationships Support from my network makes me more successful I’m so grateful for meaningful relationships with like-minded people who believe in me. When I am stuck or need help I can always find someone who not only understands my needs but wants to help me overcome obstacles and achieve more. As I have…

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Another ClinOps New Year

Happy ClinOps New Year! Last year I migrated over the Lead CRA blog into a new home here at ClinOps Toolkit.  I appreciate your support and for filling 2013 with such wonderful conversation.  Many of you have already subscribed for regular updates – thank you! Here is a link to the recap of one of my…

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