A good leader knows s/he doesn’t have all the answers

A good leader knows s/he doesn’t have all the answers

Sašo Kočevar, Managing Director at hfp consulting and a Senior Consultant shares his views on leadership in science.

Why is leadership needed in science? 

Professional development (communication, conflict resolution, management skills) is a relatively new field. hfp consulting has been active since 2005, and since then the relevance of programs for PhD supervisors, PIs and so on has been acknowledged. And scientific leaders are becoming more aware of their responsibility in the training of … Read more “A good leader knows s/he doesn’t have all the answers”

A personal view – Dana Galili

A personal view – Dana Galili

Dana Galili joined hfp as a trainee in 2018. She studied biology and psychology for a B.Sc and then neurobiology for an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. Currently, she works as a postdoctoral scientist in Cambridge, doing research on the neuronal basis of social behaviour in drosophila flies.

Dana, you are currently a trainee trainer at hfp-consulting. At the same time, you are a Cambridge-based fulltime neuroscientist and a mother of two, how do you manage Read more “A personal view – Dana Galili”

How to get fruitful feedback

How to get fruitful feedback

Feedback is an essential element of mentorship or, for the record, leadership. Without feedback, mentees, junior scientists, and staff alike will most likely get the advice or the instructions from 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. Sašo Kočevar, senior director of hfp … Read more “How to get fruitful feedback”

Better be kind…?

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 to … Read more “Better be kind…?”

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

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 still … Read more “Nature careers feature: How to (better) lead a lab”

Interview with Sašo Kočevar at Naturejobs (podcast)

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)”

The value of stupidity in scientific research. Science implies the confrontation of our “absolute” stupidity.

The value of stupidity in scientific research. Science implies the confrontation of our “absolute” stupidity.

The idea has been around for a while, which doesn’t make it any less gripping, quite the opposite, it is worthwhile to occasionally revisit it, if only for the sake of positive stimulus.

The first one to formulate the concept within the scientific field, though, was Martin Schwarz, a professor of microbiology and biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia, who published an article [1] about the role of stupidity in scientific research, in the … Read more “The value of stupidity in scientific research. Science implies the confrontation of our “absolute” stupidity.”

Advanced courses in leadership and management skills are available!

Advanced courses in leadership and management skills are available!

We often get very good feedback from 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.

Well, we heard you! Exclusively to our hfp consulting course alumni and for a limited number of participants, we are offering an advanced course on leadership and management skills. Please use the contact formRead more “Advanced courses in leadership and management skills are available!”

Skill or luck? Can an academic career be planned?

Skill or luck? Can an academic career be planned?

Over the past few 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.

Examples include Tenure, She Wrote, the now less active Blue Lab Read more “Skill or luck? Can an academic career be planned?”

How we help the scientific community with leadership and management skills courses

How we help the scientific community with leadership and management skills courses

In a series of recent career advice articles (12) 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”