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Uncertainty and Fear

None of us have escaped the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, the U.S. elections, and the economy. Uncertainty can lead to feelings of a loss of control and fear. In the short term, fear may be a powerful motivator. In the intensity of an immediate crisis, fear may be lifesaving. However, in many situations, fear often further clouds the mind and can lead to unproductive or harmful actions. In the long term, fear is increasingly stressful and debilitating.

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Over-Communication

The previous blog discussed communication. This post discusses the other side of the coin: too much communication. We all are inundated with a constant deluge of emails, texts, phone calls, and video-calls. The ability to communicate immediately with individuals and large numbers of colleagues is a powerful capability. Used judiciously, it can benefit everyone. Used capriciously, it can be annoying and reduce productivity.

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Communications, Openness, and Respect

Sharing ideas for improvement can be challenging. If you are the receiving end, it can be viewed as criticism. Others might consider suggestions as a sign of a lack of appreciation, understanding, or respect. That can be the case if such sharing is not approached mindfully and with understanding. Approaching others with the intention of benefiting all involved is more beneficial and respectful than not engaging with others to discuss perceived issues or areas for improvement.

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Prevention of Growing Pains

The previous blog spoke of growth and acquisitions. This blog expands upon the topic of growth and what it means for us and our clients.

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Growth and Acquisitions

Do you want outside capital? Don’t you want to be a much larger company? These questions were recently asked of me by a Partner at an investment fund that was interested in investing into ABS. The answer to the first question was No. The answer to the second was a qualified Yes.

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Can Human Biospecimens Be Commoditized?

All of us at ABS want to make it as easy as possible to do business with us, and we want to provide you with the exact high-quality human biospecimens that will move your research forward. At first glance, a web-store or some sort of online exchange seems suited to this purpose, as such sites currently exist. An online store or similar interface would reduce your costs by eliminating or reducing much of the collaborative service that we provide. The technology to offer this type of platform is also  readily available.

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Working From Home Checklist

Many of us are now working from home. Recently, there has been a multitude of webinars, blogs, and articles on topics ranging from whether we should or shouldn’t continue to do so after the pandemics ceases, how to work from home, videoconferencing tips, etc.

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What are the Roles of Scientists in Society?

Many years ago, in a former life, I taught high school biology. The first day, I told my students that they could use their textbooks or any book to take any test that I would I give. They were surprised, and most thought that class would be very easy despite my explanations that it would not be. They were surprised again when they found that it was not as easy as they thought. This was because I asked them to think and reason with the information at hand.

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Masks

The use of seat belts and masks can prevent harm that we hope will never come to us or others. All our readers probably know this, but it's worth remembering for everyone’s sake. Please be careful and stay safe.

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Why ABS Never Has a Sale or Offers Discounts

ABS has never had a sale in its 30+ years in business. We do not offer additional discounts. ABS is different from many companies that use these tactics to try to drive sales.

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