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The metaphoric phrase, the shoe being on the other foot, is easy to understand when one realizes how uncomfortable a foot is when it is encased in a shoe meant for the other extremity.   In essence, this idiom refers to a situation that is now the opposite of what it once was, especially because someone who had one role in a two-party relationship finds themselves filling the opposite role. 


For me it is interesting to be a consultant, as for the longest time my responsibility was to identify and work with consultants and CROs.  In fact, a few years ago I was asked to share my thoughts on how one went about identifying, choosing and engaging a CRO.1   Now here I am on the other side of the fence, the consultant who is trying to convince clients that I am the right partner for them.


I thought then, and I still believe today, that consultants are judged based on three primary criteria; who they are, what they have done and what they have achieved.  In other places on this webpage I have addressed the first two components, who I am and what I have done.   That leaves, however, the most important point, what has been accomplished.  This is important because it focuses not on taking actions but rather on what were the results derived from those actions.  One suspects that a client is less concerned about how “much work did you do for me” but more interested in “what value did I derive from that work”.


The Wall of Fame represents a few odds and ends that I have collected, both internally and externally, over the course of a career that spanned over three decades.  Each item on the Wall reflects an accomplishment that was, in the opinion of the benefactor, noteworthy in its result and its impact.  In its entirety, the Wall reflects a career of continuous, repeated and noteworthy accomplishment.


My picture, which shows up elsewhere on this webpage, is actually the portrait that was painted to commemorate my appointment as a Distinguished Scientist at Baxter Healthcare. The appointment as a Baxter Distinguished Scientist was the highest honor bestowed by Baxter on its scientific and technical community.  Not that it matters, but the portrait is displayed in both Baxter’s Corporate headquarters and its R&D site in Round Lake, IL.   Beneath the portrait is a brief inscription that describes the circumstances that justify the appointment.  The inscription reads:  


Dennis Jenke’s contributions in the field of plastic/solution compatibility have significantly impacted the healthcare industry.  A widely-recognized expert in the field, his studies involving extractables and leachables were crucial to the development, registration, and global commercialization of numerous Baxter products.  Understanding the impact of plastics on product quality helps Baxter and others in the medical products industry produce safe and effective products for patients.


Now, can I answer any other question you might have about accomplishments?


  1. D. Jenke.  Insights gained into the identification, qualification, and utilization of CRO laboratories in extractables and leachables studies.  Pharm. Outsourcing. 14(2): 20, 22, 24-26 and 14(3): 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 (2013).






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