Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Santo J. Costa discusses the need to rely on other people in “Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help”

Whenever we need help, we should ask for it. This precept seems obvious, but sadly our culture tends to view reliance on others as a weakness. The vital importance of taking the advice of other people is demonstrated by the story of Edward John Smith, the captain of the Titanic. Before the tragic crash of that British luxury passenger liner, Smith told a number of people that he had never been in an emergency in the forty years he had been a captain. Then, when he was heading towards the icebergs, he ignored the warnings of the radio operators, sailing toward them at full speed. We all know that this decision resulted in one of the greatest sea disasters of all time. Moreover, the wisest people in the world constantly seek advice from other people. Since the 15th century, the Dalai Lama has relied heavily on the advice of the Nechung Oracle.
Sandy Costa’s professional experience includes over 30 years in executive and senior operating management positions within the pharmaceutical, health care and life sciences industries. In addition to his legal practice, Sandy’s experience includes President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of Quintiles Transnational Corp. where during his tenure he had responsibility for all operating divisions and worldwide business development. Other executive level experience includes Senior Vice President-Administration, General Counsel and Director, Glaxo Inc.; and U.S. Area Counsel for Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals.
Sandy is a nationally recognized speaker on leadership, as well as legal and policy issues affecting the pharmaceutical industry.