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Laboratory Leadership for Postdocs

 

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. On Day 1 we start at 12:00 with a light lunch - the course itself starts at 13:00.
  3. We work until approxmately 19:15 - 19:30 on Days 1 and 2, followed by dinner. There is no session after dinner.
  4. On the final day we work until 16:00

 

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.

60 mins

The impact of cultural differences

You recognise important elements of your own culture and learn how cultural similarities and differences with your colleagues impact how you work together

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

What do they want from me?

Through this exercise you to learn to understand how to change roles and view situations from different perspectives, important skills for a leader. You will also identify the different expectations in your lab environment and how to manage them.

DAY II

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.

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.

45 mins

Another perspective

Learn to use the perspectives of people with a different personality to offer ways solve a problem

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

45 mins

Who´s got the monkey?

90 mins

Interview preparation

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

30 mins

Open questions

30 mins

Wrap up