goodgreatPOST SUMMARY: “When [what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine] come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.”   Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leapand Others Don’t

imagesPOST SUMMARY: Amgen said it plans to reduce its global workforce by 12% to 15% and close facilities in two states as part of a restructuring that aims to focus resources on developing new drugs. In an industry where layoffs have become the norm one has to wonder if “the right people” are being let go vs. the pharma lifers who continue to hang on to paychecks.