Feedback is an essential element of mentorship. Or leadership, for the record. Without feedback, mentees, junior scientists and staff alike will most likely get the advice or the instructions you as their mentor and/or PI might think they need. But you will never know whether what they get will support them as good as you think it does.
Is there a shift in science culture – and do we even need one?
Nature recently reported on the first „Kindness in Science“ Workshop, which was held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in December 2017. The initiators, the Kindness in Science Committee, are striving for a New Zealand based, yet globally scaling approach towards a kinder, more respectful as well as more inclusive scientific working culture. Overall, they want work in science … Read more “Better be kind…?”
Being promoted to PI very often means that young scientists have to face challenges like lab and staff/student management, budgeting and other administrative tasks for the very first time – or at least, for the very first time entirely on their own. On top of that, not only are they responsible for advancing their own career, but that of their respective teams as well. More often than not, they are rather unprepared for this. And … Read more “Nature careers feature: How to (better) lead a lab”
The December issue of the monthly Naturejobs podcast was dedicated to the impact of high quality mentoring in research. Sašo Kočevar, director of hfp consulting, was requested to give a brief survey of the basics of leadership in science in the first of the feature’s interviews.
We often get very good feedback for our courses. And sometimes, course participants contact us after some time and ask for a follow-up course to refresh relevant skills and broaden the set of essential tools and techniques to lead and manage.
Over the past years, quite a few blogs with a focus on careers of academics in the life science sector have sprung up. They are mostly written by junior faculty and postdocs and often share very personal stories on the author’s career trajectories, or they provide general advice, for example on grant writing and job interviews both inside and outside of academia.
Just a quick note to let you know that registration to the EMBO Laboratory Management Courses for 2015 is now open. These courses are under very high demand and usually fill up fairly quick. Please head over to the EMBO site to register and book your place on one of the courses offered by hfp consulting.
In a series of recent Career Advice articles (1, 2) in Science, Lucas Laursen gave an overview of opportunities for scientist to acquire leadership and management skills, which we believe are essential for today’s challenges in an academic environment. The articles give a good overview and mention a number of important leadership and management tasks scientists face and which we address in our courses. Improving time management, setting priorities, delegating, dealing with … Read more “How we help the scientific community with leadership and management skills courses”
Just a very brief note: We are again offering EMBO laboratory management and leadership courses for postdocs and group leaders in 2014. These courses are organized by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). They are very popular and only very few free spots are still avalable. Please have a look here for dates and details. The courses will be in Heidelberg, Germany.… Read more “Laboratory Management Courses at EMBO 2014”