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Laboratory Leadership for Group Leaders

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PLEASE NOTE THAT CHECK-IN TO THE HOTEL IS THE NIGHT BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF THE COURSE. THE COURSE STARTS AT 09.00 ON THE FIRST DAY.
 

Programme

 

Notes on Timings:

  1. All timings are approximate, as we will be working in a process-oriented manner. The time spent on a topic will expand or shrink to meet the needs of the course participants.
  2. We work from 09.00 to 17.30 on all days except the final day.
  3. On the final day we work until 16:30

 

DAY I

60 mins

Welcome, Introduction, Warming up

Give you time "to arrive" at the workshop and introduce the topics for the course. Open the "Parking Lot" for your questions and issues.

45 mins

What is leadership?

You understand the difference between management and leadership and begin to identify how you can improve your leadership skills.

120 mins

The PI / group leader role

How you fill out your job comprises three factors: your job description, your expectations and those placed on you, and your personality. You learn about different aspects of your job (called roles, e.g. "the Controller", "The Negotiator", "the Friend", "Visionary) and how they impact your performance.

75 mins

The impact of working environment

How can it be of use to look at your team and environment from a systems perspective and derive ideas to influence your system's behaviour?

30 mins

Working with values

You learn a simple approach to identifying and understand both your own and your organisation's values, and how to communicate these to your team.

DAY II

60 mins

Research Integrity

Using the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity as a foundation, we explore the principles of Research Integrity, the responsibilities of scientists and practical steps that leaders can take to ensure that research in their labs is ethical, accurately documented and reproducible.

60 mins

Communication

You practise with a model that helps you to evaluate your day-to-day communication and to learn how to influence this beneficially.

45 mins

Giving feedback and criticism

You learn how to give appropriate feedback in the lab and how to formulate criticism without hurting somebody

120 mins

Impact of personality on leadership

Your personality colours how you perceive the world and how you accordingly act, both under normal and stress conditions. Understanding this gives you clues about natural strengths and potential derailers for your leadership.

DAY III

90 mins

Team dynamics

Leaders need to be aware of the dynamics in their team and to respond appropriately at different stages in your team's development. You will also see how to deal with the high fluctuation rates in research teams.

30 mins

Motivation

You explore the factors that influence your own levels of motivation and those of your people

90 mins

Conflict in the lab

By working on one or two participant cases, you will learn an approach so that you can analyse and identify solutions to conflicts. In addition, you will learn about

  • Common sources of conflict
  • First signals
  • The dynamic of how a conflict develops, and
  • Common strategies for dealing with conflict

120 mins

Introduction to coaching as a leadership tool

Coaching can improve performance. In this module you are introduced to the GROW model, which is suited to research leaders, and take your first steps in practising with it.

DAY IV

60 mins

Delegation

You learn how to delegate effectively.

60 mins

Who´s got the monkey?

You learn how to avoid taking on the monkeys (= their problems) from your team members.

90 mins

Interview preparation

Introduce main ideas behind interviewing and practice the critical incident technique.

30 mins

Open questions

 

30 mins

Wrap up