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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?
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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