EMBO Laboratory Management Courses
The Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Lebenswissenschaften Heidelberg GmbH (GFLW) administrates four courses under the EMBO Laboratory Management umbrella:
- Research Leadership for Group Leaders
- Research Leadership for Postdocs
- Negotiation for scientists
- Self-Leadership for female scientists
GFLW is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit daughter company of EMBO.
Through GFLW, EMBO runs these courses for two reasons: the first is to make a positive change in the leadership and management of science to improve the quality and quantity of research output and the performance and well-being of staff and teams, which is important to EMBO's mission to support excellence in science; the second is to generate a small amount of income for GFLW, to provide financial resources for other programmes and activities that support scientists and their work; in other words, the money 'stays in science' to a large degree.
Our courses are delivered in a workshop style (chairs in a semi-circle around the instructors). All content is delivered 'live' on flipcharts, with contributions (examples, experiences, ideas) from the participants captured directly and integrated into the course (photo notes of these flipcharts are shared after the course to supplement the course manual). For certain modules, practical demonstrations are used to illustrate concepts and techniques, and group work is undertaken to practice new approaches and tools. Because much of the course content is derived from the experience of the participants, and because the courses were developed by EMBO with professional consultants, they are tailored directly to the experience and professional needs of scientists and others in academia.
Below are descriptions of each of the courses.
"The Art of Leadership - fewer conflicts, more results"
Leadership and management skills are critical for a successful career in science. EMBO, in partnership with consultancy teams, has designed this course specifically to meet the needs of researchers and others in academia. There are two versions of the Research Leadership course: a three day courses designed for postdoctoral researchers and a four day course designed for group leaders.
The aim is to explore with attendees their own approach to leadership – and the approaches of the other participants - and use this insight to define for each individual how they want to lead and manage their research groups or other teams. The course also provides insight into how teams work best together and how to identify and resolve barriers to the efficient operation of teams. Throughout the course, the trainers provide tools, techniques and insight tailored specifically to the laboratory/research setting for the management of teams, good communication, healthy resolution of conflict and the management of workloads and responsibilities.
- Introduce you to key leadership concepts
- Develop further your own individual leadership style
- Equip you with key communication skills
- Learn how to effectively select the right staff
- Expand your support network for leadership issues in the lab
- Leadership skills
- Communication skills
- Team development
- Conflict solving strategies
- Giving feedback
- Effective problem solving
- Running effective meetings
Practical exercises, in the form of role-play and discussion groups, provide hands-on experience. "As much theory as necessary and as much practice as possible" is the principle of this course.
Before becoming an independent researcher, one's primary focus is on their own research projects. As an independent researcher, one needs to be able to deal with a much broader range of challenges, without any preparation.
This course introduces key, yet simple, leadership concepts. It also gives you the chance to identify the different roles that you have to take, see where your strengths and resources lie, and identify strategies for coping with roles in which you are uncomfortable. Emotional Intelligence is the main predictor of success in positions of leadership. You will learn to use some models and instruments that will help you to understand yourself and others better, to manage yourself better and communicate more effectively. In particular, you will practice techniques improving your ability to give feedback and criticism, help your group members to learn how to solve many of their problems themselves, run meetings efficiently, and delegate tasks effectively. You will also learn how to understand the dynamics between your members in your laboratory and how you can improve the laboratory's performance. Conflicts are a part of everyday lab life. You will be shown how to recognize and manage them, before they develop into an unmanageable crisis, and deal with any conflicts you may already have.
"See negotiation more as a puzzle than a chess game for better results"
This workshop focuses on negotiation. Participants will gain an understanding and mastery of the negotiation process, which will support them in reaching their professional as well as private goals, and in building lasting partnerships.
- Recognize the characteristics and consequences of various styles of interactions, whether conflictual or not
- Understand how to build relationships based on interest and opportunity, rather than on conflict or persuasion
- Get an overview and analysis of the entire negotiation process and master each step
- Acquire the objectivity and competence necessary to prepare and lead negotiations
- Know how to prepare in an efficient and detailed way: what they want, how to quantify their aim, how to break it down into negotiable units
- Master tools directly usable in daily life, whether they are called on to negotiate or not
- Learn how to use effective questioning techniques, and verbal / non-verbal communication
- Understand how to build and make an offer, and reach an agreement
- Increase their negotiation capacities (hands-on practise) in a “risk-free” environment, thus enabling them to be more efficient, save time and share a coherent approach
- Increase their capacity to build collaborative partnerships
The format of the workshop is highly interactive and practical, involving case-studies, role play, small group work and discussion sessions. Participants will get actively involved in the course, discussing their own life experiences and being self-reflective, in a stimulating and guided process. They will acquire tools that can be readily used in daily life.
Trainer: Melissa Davies
"How self-awareness, self-confidence and self-efficacy can help me to achieve my goals"
Self-leadership is the process by which a person becomes more comfortable with who they are and what they want, allowing them to fulfill their potential and build a strong foundation from which to take daily decisions – both professional and personal. Self-leadership enables better communication, satisfaction and more-balanced decisions.
In the world of scientific research, both men and women can benefit from learning and practicing self-leadership to improve their professional and personal lives. This course, however, is tailored specifically to women scientists to facilitate sharing experiences and insights.
Because women are in the minority at the level of group leaders and professors, they can experience additional challenges in their working environments and institutional structures. This course aims to give women specific support, advice and tools to use in their leadership roles. It is intended for senior postdocs and group leaders.
HOW THIS WORKSHOP WILL HELP YOU
This workshop will enhance your self-leadership. We will explore the topic of self-leadership by addressing self-awareness, self-confidence and self-efficacy. At the same time, this workshop will provide a space where you can exchange ideas and strategies with other women on dealing with and succeeding in the situations that women leaders face at the higher levels of life science research.
- Recognize that good leadership starts within
- Be more aware of your values, strengths, achievements and intentions
- Understand how personality, biases and stereotypes (your own and those of others) impact your leadership
- Feel strengthened in your capacity to find effective and satisfying ways to deal with challenges concerning your professional role
- Identify your own strategies to develop your (self-)leadership
- Have a clearer view of your different roles in all areas of your life, how you want to be perceived in each one, and how to achieve this
The format of the workshop is highly interactive and practical, involving case-studies, role play, small group work and discussion sessions. You will be actively involved in the course, discussing your own life and leadership experiences and self-reflecting in a guided process. You will be taught leadership and self-focused techniques that can be readily used in daily life to enhance your leadership, success and satisfaction.