Month: September 2016

Mentoring Resource: Learning to Manage People

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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

How to set boundaries with your time when you are training someone

Mentoring Resource: Best Practices for Good Time Management

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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.

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Mentoring Resource: Managing Work/Life Balance

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Questions to consider:

  1. What is your work day hours like?
  2. What are your expectations for yourself?
  3. Who sets your parameters (i.e. your working hours) and why are you setting them the way you are.
  4. What are your priorities?
  5. Are you managing your time correctly?

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