Finally, Anne points out, there is the global reach she has in terms
of treating patients.
As Anne recalls, when she first decided to work for Novo Nordisk,
she was nervous she would lose out on the patient interaction.
“ Being a medical doctor,” she explains, “ you
are taught right from the beginning that it is all about treating patients.”
She quickly learned, though, what she says is captured best in one
of the Novo slogans:
“ We don’t treat one we treat millions.”
She goes on to explain what this means to her:
“ It’s not hands on in the same way,” she explains.
“ So you can’t help Ms. X sitting in front of you, however,
you help a lot of Ms. X’s, all over the globe, all the time,”
she says with an excited and genuine smile spread across her face.
Of course, global work is not without challenges.
For instance, she explains, each culture has its own way of working
and different respects for time or communication. Further, each
country has its own quality checks. As Anne describes,
“ sometimes it can get tense.”
What helps, she holds, is remembering that they are all working
toward the same thing.
“ People can get wrapped up in taking care of their own
interest,” says Anne,
“ but I think every time it comes back to remembering that we
have the same goal—that’s very good to keep in mind.”