How to get fruitful feedback

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.

One way to receive honest feedback is to listen non-judgmentally. Saso Kocevar, senior director of hfp consulting, … Read more “How to get fruitful feedback”

Better be kind…?

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…?”

Nature careers feature: How to (better) lead a lab

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”

Interview with Sašo Kočevar at Naturejobs (podcast)

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.

Mentoring has long since been a major issue to Nature. In 2005, Nature launched its annual awards for outstanding scientific mentorship in order to highlight the essential, but … Read more “Interview with Sašo Kočevar at Naturejobs (podcast)”