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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Easily distracted? Want to get more done? Develop Deep work habits.

Published on February 8, 2016

Focus your efforts toward being mindful with your decisions on what to act upon. There are always going to be distractions and these distractions can derail the focus toward deep work. It is that deep work that’s important to really develop novel breakthroughs and innovative approaches to your work.

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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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Current news on the future of academic careers worrying you?

Published on June 1, 2015

The solutions is to focus on core scientific objectives. This helps to filter out the negative noises, that would otherwise, cloud judgement and careful planning. This is why having a clear outline or budget, before looking for faculty positions, can help to understand how to manage career obstacles.

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How we negotiated from a $1m to a $3m start up award.

Published on May 25, 2015

There’s many ways to negotiate that can be either adversarial or cooperative. However, within a community that has a natural shared value of new scientific discoveries, those conversations can be more enjoyable rather than dreadful.

Have you negotiated your start up award already? How did that conversation go? Share your story with the rest of us.Leave a comment below.

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Leading Life Science – Stories are the Flintstone vitamins for knowledge.

Published on April 2, 2015

Hello everyone, this is a special episode that features yours truly the host. I am…

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4 ways to stave off the loneliness of leadership.

Published on March 30, 2015

Showing others new ways of looking at the world can create and nurture lasting relationships. These relationships will never leave you feeling lonely.

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How to manage departmental lab politics

Published on August 11, 2014

A young junior investigator, Xiaoming, just missed out on some choice internal training awards that…

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How to start all over…starting out at a new institute. Part 2

Published on August 4, 2014

Part 2 So, starting over is a difficult thing for anyone to do.  The one…

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