066: How Creating Strong Bonds Creates High-Performing Teams, with Andrej Baranek

Looking to create a strong bond with your team?  

In this episode I sit with Andrej Baranek, a Vice President of Strategic manufacturing and tenured leader of global teams. We discuss Andrej’s leadership journey as he shares several useful tips and advice for creating high-performing teams, including an initiative he launched during the pandemic called “Sparkles of Curiosity”. 


  • Building a Bond – how a simple carpool became the catalyst for building strong bonds (5:40) 
  • ‘Sparkles of Curiosity’ – a non-work-related initiative that brought colleagues together through learning about one another (15:31
  • HBR Article – Ferguson’s formula (17:41)
  • HBR Article – How will you measure your life? (19:44


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About the author, James

When James is not busy leading commercial training teams in the biopharmaceutical industry, you can find him behind the scenes orchestrating all that happens for his brainchild - The Leadership Jam Session Podcast. As our Executive Producer, James' background of more than 20 years in Marketing, Sales, and Training, combined with a passion for business and leadership education, have all inspired the very direction we take with delivering our content. James holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.