A few things I learned last year: we have a lot of very talented individuals at the NICHD, a successful science career requires more than a few publications, and never argue with a four-year-old. They will win—or think they’ve won. …But I digress.
Let’s begin the New Year with a few articles about two important aspects of a scientist’s training: management and leadership. An often-overlooked skillset, management expertise is a critical attribute that will serve a scientist well—for a variety of future career paths. And what postdoctoral fellow wouldn’t benefit from learning how to lead his or her own research group, even when conflict arises?
In our first “Interesting Opportunity” column of 2015, Dr. Payal Ray introduces an excellent leadership series, hosted by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE). The series of five workshops is a prerequisite for the popular two-day management bootcamp. According to Dr. Ray, this opportunity is a great way to identify your personality/work style preferences and hone your own management skills.
On our front page, Dr. Jenny Blau recaps the Leadership and Management workshop hosted by the NICHD Office of Education last month. She reveals multiple qualities of a good leader, explains the difference between a committee and a team, and touches upon several aspects of project management. A must read if you missed this event or if you attended but want a simple refresher.
One not-to-be-missed event this month, “Communication Strategies for Difficult Situations” on January 28, is the perfect accompaniment to this month’s theme of leadership and management. Hop on your email and register now with Dr. Yvette Pittman at Yvette.Pittman@nih.gov. And be sure to check out all of our January announcements and events, including two prestigious awards to Drs. Julian Lui and Prasanna Satpute-Krishnan.
Happy New Year to all!
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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