David Pulman Blogs on Management and Life After Retirement

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Former GlaxoSmithKline executive blogs about personal development, leadership, and other lessons learned from his long years of experience at the company

David Pulman GSK, former president of Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at GlaxoSmithKline, has started a blog on his website, http://www.davidpulman.com. In his blog, the executive discusses lessons learned from his 35 years of experience at one of the world’s top companies, as well as his reflections on life after retirement.

Several of his posts discuss how to develop a managerial “style,” and suggest that too often, executives put more thought into their personal image rather than their management style. States Dr. Pulman, “Consciously developing the aspects of your [management] style is an important feature of your ability to motivate people and deliver results. Many factors influence management style.

  •     Personality
  •     Comfort level on the spectrum of control vs. empowerment
  •     Focus on team or individual contribution
  •     Management by objectives or community consensus
  •     Level of ambition
  •     Formality vs. informality

He goes on to state that just as with your personal image, a good visualization of one’s management style that plays to one’s strengths can represent a strong contribution to the culture of one’s organization. In another blog post, he discusses the importance of “institutional learning,” or the ability of employees and executives to maintain their knowledge of core business skills and essential business behaviors. He discusses the lack of learning processes in organizations that often contributes to the diminution of these skills in employees who do not get to practice them every day, and goes on to suggest that companies institute learning programs that allow their employees to practice these valuable skills regularly.

In the realm of retirement, David Pulman GSK reflects on having to reconcile a busy and successful career life with the more laid-back one of retirement. His latest blog post, called “start as you mean to go on,” details the ways his morning schedule has changed as an effect of retirement. Several other blog posts detail his thoughts on this “second phase” of life and what he plans to do with the time he now has to himself.

These reflections from a widely respected business executive make for valuable reading for anyone who wants to learn more about business, management, or retirement.

To read more of Dr. Pulman’s thoughts, visit his blog at http://www.davidpulman.com/blog.

About David Pulman

David Pulman GSK had a 35 year career with GlaxoSmithKline, the final 10 years as President of Global Manufacturing & Supply (GMS). With responsibility for the supply of pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and consumer health products, operations were situated in c 40 countries with an internal manufacturing network of c 80 sites in addition to a substantial external network. With as cost base of c $7bn and staff of 26,000, GMS represented a significant activity for GSK. His current interests include not for profit work in the areas of heath and education, understanding the factors that influence organizational and personal excellence, modern trends in the global society and how to redefine a productive lifestyle in a post-employment environment.

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