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Laboratory Leadership for Postdocs

Available course dates can be seen here.

 

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 last day.
  3. On the last 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

60 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

45 mins

Delegation

You learn how to delegate effectively.

45 mins

Who´s got the monkey?

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

30 mins

Open questions

30 mins

Wrap up