How to motivate your team to do the work? Use negative and positive words.

Published on April 25, 2016

If you understand the different types of self motivational strategies, you can tailor how to motivate your team into action. This can ultimately translate into real world productivity and discoveries.

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How do you stop the drama? Don’t play the role.

Published on April 18, 2016

Most often, people behave as adults and can speak for themselves. Sometime it just requires a mediator to help facilitate the communications.

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What do you do when everything is due right now? Take 10.

Published on March 7, 2016

Now I’m not the first, nor the only one who feels like there are a million things to do. I’m sure you’ve felt this way before and maybe even now, more than ever. To top that, you may feel you’re behind schedule with your research, your career, your family, and the list can go on. This is actually relatively normal for most highly ambitious people, but the problem doesn’t lie in the number of tasks we must complete, but in the choices of which tasks to even take on.

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How can you find good help? Sell yourself.

Published on February 22, 2016

A talented postdoc should be able to add their own unique perspective to the research, and they should see their role as an opportunity to be creative and to add value. However, as we plow through CVs and resumes we find applicants who expect a course to be laid out, or a lab to be already established. That’s never the case with a start up. There are so many uncertainties and variables that can lead to failure or bankruptcy. Therefore, finding a postdoc who understands this and can navigate these obstacles is critical.

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Want to negotiate better? Develop a big fish little pond mindset.

Published on February 1, 2016

More than 50% of students drop out of STEM programs due to the intense ranking systems. Academic careers are marred by this effect and increasingly hold people in this mindset to feel inadequate until they’ve proven themselves. Most often this train of thought can extend well into their future career.

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Time Management is a Fallacy; Focus on Mental Energy.

Published on January 18, 2016

Your mental energy matters significantly, because knowledge work requires deep concentration and creativity. Many young research scientists struggle with time management, not only as a product of time, but that of mental energy. The cognitive load that one experiences can be tremendous, especially when it comes to intellectual focus and decision making. This is a critical resource that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The results can be catastrophic when we’re deciding whether to invest our time into completing a manuscript or completing another assay. Therefore, we need to make room to reserve our most critical thinking during times where we’re most refreshed and focused.

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Tips for Being Resolute with Your New Years Resolutions.

Published on January 4, 2016

Many times, it’s not so much the changes that are difficult, it’s the purpose behind those changes that make it difficult. If we align the big goals and cause of our resolutions to our overall vision of who we want to be, the tasks associated with it become increasingly small and manageable.

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Don’t like giving difficult feedback? Change your mindset.

Published on October 14, 2015

Giving feedback doesn’t have to mean being aggressive with your lab members, nor does it mean you have to be overly friendly to them. It just means, helping your directs to reach their goal. Therefore, you have to change your mindset. There are three mindsets that tend to exacerbate the difficulty of giving feedback as a manger; Fights, Failures, & Focus.

Remember to always focus on the success of the science, and to let that focus manage your decisions. Remind yourself that the science is the main goal. It will help adjust your mindset about the importance of giving all types of feedback. Believe that it is for the betterment of the research vision.

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4 Traits That Define A Star Technical Research Assistant.

Published on October 5, 2015

Aside from the technical skill sets seasoned or novice research assistants can possess, they have 4 traits which can contribute to their work behaviors; motivation, mindset, perspective, and feelings. These dynamic traits can determine the productivity of your lab’s early success.

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Do you know how to lead future leaders?

Published on April 6, 2015

The stress and pressure to produce breakthrough discoveries requires a skilled leader to keep everyone focused. It’s up to him/her to ensure that everyone is contributing equally, but in their own unique way. It requires both technical and leadership training.

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