Management 101 for Scientists

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We were joined by Joanne Kamens, Executive Director of Addgene to learn more about management and leadership skills for scientists!

What makes people happy?

  • Flexiblity
  • A strong sense of engagement
  • A feeling of being appreciated and valued
  • Having freedom and diversity in their jobs
  • Maintaining good relationships with clients and colleagues
Communicating effectively
  • Reach out – manage by walking around, use chat, Slack and email
  • Ask direct feedback in non-public settings
  • PAC: Patiently listen.  Ask at least one question.  Confirm that you heard the message accurately.
  • Demonstrate that you got the message
    • Repeat to clarify
    • Act on information publicly
    • Credit and reward the person who gave the feedback
  • Focus on feedback that adds value and impacts the decision
Giving Feedback
  • Be clear
  • Tailor your message to the individual
    • Do they hear both positive and negative feedback well?
  • Delegate, don’t micromanage
  • Delegate to the lowest organizational level
    • Offer the chance for growth
  • Focus on the results – what do you want to accomplish?  Be detailed and let your team go.
Effective communication
  • Document and share action items
  • Follow up conversations with an email outlining the key points
Good Tips for first time managers
  • Don’t make changes too early
  • Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know”
  • Reach out for help
  • Allow your direct reports to adjust to you and your managerial style
For additional info: Read “Skills for New Managers” by Morey Stettner

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