Empowerment and Leadership: Insights from Cathy Zerbe, a Top-Tier Leader in the CRO Pharmaceutical Industry
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Empowerment and Leadership: Insights from Cathy Zerbe, a Top-Tier Leader in the CRO Pharmaceutical Industry

Season
4
| Episode
42
7/12/2023
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Join me, Susan Ireland, co-founder of Seasons Leadership, and Lauren Penning, Seasons Leadership communications and marketing leader, as we talk to Cathy Zerbe, a retired senior director in the CRO Pharmaceutical Industry, about how to inspire, motivate and empower teams.

Show Notes:
Cathy graciously takes us into her world, revealing her leadership style that puts empowering others at the fore. Cathy's approach of integrating technology, refining processes, and leading by example, serves as the backbone of her hands-on leadership style that has seen people around her thrive. 

Now, imagine a workplace where respect and trust are the bedrock. Cathy believes, and we couldn't agree more, that these are crucial elements in empowering a team. In our chat, she delves into how she strikes a balance between work and personal life to avert employee burnout and shares her unique approach to dealing with workaholics. 

As we segue into the final part of our discussion, Cathy shares her journey of mentorship. She talks about finding a mentor outside her own organization, standing firm on her values, and the importance of self-awareness and courage in the workplace. We conclude by reflecting on Stephen Covey's, "Seven Habits of Highly Successful People" and its relevance to Kathy's journey. Join us as we navigate these insightful conversations and discover a treasure trove of empowerment and leadership wisdom.

Bio: Cathy Zerbe worked in the Contract ResearchOrganization industry for 30 years, primarily at Quintiles (now IQvia), Parexel and Syneos. With a master’s in computer engineering, she started in IT, was the worldwide head of Data Management for Quintiles for several years and then moved on to develop clinical trial planning and pricing tools. Her experience in line management includes managing groups of up to 250people in 5 different countries, managing managers and engaging users. Her main goal has always been to empower people around her, and to help make other people's jobs easier.


Resources:
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

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