What 3 traits do top team members possess? Beliefs.

Published on March 14, 2016

It becomes difficult to teach and train fixed mindset candidates. They can believe that their skills are inherent, or are they’re born with them. These types of mindsets are belief systems that cannot be changed extrinsically through punishment or rewards. It has to come from within. However, it can be cultivated, if you know what to listen for.

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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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Trouble keeping track of your expenses? Use a bookkeeping software.

Published on February 15, 2016

Budgets can help you understand fixed costs, like salaries and maintenance contracts. However, everyone in science knows that the variable costs associated with research are as predictable as the hypothesis itself. Therefore, to understand what those variables are, and to predict them, requires collecting the financial data associated with the science. It requires us to be able to separate those costs relative to the projects and operations.

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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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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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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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Stop Being Selfish…during negotiations.

Published on March 9, 2015

“Damien, you’re selfish!” said my old mentor. “For what?!” I was shocked. “You’re afraid to…

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Delegate goals, not tasks, in order to get things done.

Published on February 16, 2015

Do you need help? Delegate. In our last post we talked about some ways to…

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