Month: September 2016
While doing great research is critical to progress in your scientific career, learning how to manage your interactions with your peers, PI, collaborators and others will also help build your network and your reputation and in the longterm, may be more important in your career advancement.
- Conflict resolution: how would you resolve certain situations?
What is conflict resolution?
Conflict, arguments, and change are natural parts of our lives, as well as the lives of every agency, organization, and nation.
Conflict resolution is a way for two or more parties to find a peaceful solution to a disagreement among them. The disagreement may be personal, financial, political, or emotional.
When a dispute arises, often the best course of action is negotiation to resolve the disagreement.
The goals of negotiation are:
- To produce a solution that all parties can agree to
- To work as quickly as possible to find this solution
- To improve, not hurt, the relationship between the groups in conflict
How to best “lead” people
- Leading People When They Know More Than You Do
- How to Show Leadership Even When You’re Not the Boss
- How to Get a Job in a Leadership Role
How to set boundaries with your time when you are training someone
The key to time management is to 1. Prioritize what needs to be done, 2. Allocate yourself the right amount of time and 3. Reduce distractions and procrastination.
Suggested Discussion Topics:
- Strategies to prioritize what needs to be done
- Strategies on allocating time
- Pomodoro Method where you break down goals into tasks and then split your time into intervals with regular breaks.
- How to stay organized and on top of pressing demands
- Using technology to help get you organized: Create digital to-do lists and calendar items.
- Academic Scientists at Work: Where’d My Day Go? (Science Careers)
- iLearn CTSI Developing and Managing your Research Career (DMRC) Series: Time Management Tools and Strategies (you will need to register with your Tufts Login!)
- 8 Secrets Smart People Know About Time Management (Forbes Magazine)
- How to Manage Time with 10 Tips that Work (Entrepreneur)
- Hacking Time Management for the Bench Scientist (Insider Higher Ed)
- Time Management Chapter (HHMI: Making the Right Moves, A Practical Guide to Scientifıc Management for Postdocs and New Faculty).
Questions to consider:
- What is your work day hours like?
- What are your expectations for yourself?
- Who sets your parameters (i.e. your working hours) and why are you setting them the way you are.
- What are your priorities?
- Are you managing your time correctly?
Online resources to use:
- 30 Time Management Tips for Work-Life Balance (Forbes Magazine)
- Work-life balance: Tips to regain control (Mayo Clinic)
- Work-life balance in academia (Next Scientist)
- Improving your Work-Life Balance (Science Careers)