Motivating Technical Teams in the Life Sciences: A Conversation with Rick Beatty

The FDA Group’s CEO, Nick Capman, sits down with Rick Beatty, Chief Science Officer and Sr. VP of Quality and Regulatory at Robinson Pharma Inc., the largest softgel contract manufacturer in the U.S.

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In a recent episode of our podcast, The Life Science Rundown, The FDA Group's Nick Capman spoke with Rick Beatty, a life science professional with over 35 years of scientific experience in the dietary supplement, API, and OTC fields, to discuss the challenges of engaging scientific and technical team members in company projects and tasks outside their routine responsibilities.

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They discuss:

  • Leadership philosophy, particularly the importance of focusing on employees’ success as a pathway to organizational achievement.

  • Rick's shift in leadership approach after training with Marshall Goldsmith, moving from a self-centered to a people-centered approach.

  • The generational gap in leadership styles, with older generations often struggling to understand the mindset of younger employees.

  • How scientific and technical teams often face challenges in communication and emotional intelligence (EQ)—and the importance of acknowledging and respecting different perceptions and realities to foster effective communication.

  • How Rick’s international experience highlights the need for leaders to adapt their communication styles to different cultures and individual preferences.

  • Why reflective listening and using various communication styles are essential to ensure messages are effectively received and understood.hers.

Rick currently leads and manages multi-site manufacturing processes and systems for DSHEA, foods, and cosmetics. He manages employees, teams, and technology to pursue corporate goals in R&D, formulation, QC, Laboratory, QA, Regulatory, Audits, Compliance, and Customer Service engagement with National and FMD customers.

You can follow and connect with Rick on LinkedIn here.

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