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Lab Dynamics: Management Skills for Scientists

Handbook / Manual

By: Carl M Cohen and Suzanne L Cohen

280 pages, illustrations

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Hardback | Jun 2012 | Edition: 2 | #198225 | ISBN-13: 9781936113781
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About this book

Lab Dynamics is a unique guide to the interpersonal side of scientific research and management. The book provides practical solutions to some of the toughest problems that working scientists and science managers face daily--problems for which most scientists are unprepared. Eleven thematically focused chapters show scientists how to communicate and interact more productively and how to develop and improve their management and leadership skills.

Every chapter from the first edition has been revised, updated and supplemented with new illustrations and graphics; many new case studies have been added to illustrate themes and techniques.

Two new chapters have been added and new sections have been added to Chapter 3, "Gordian Knots: Solve the Toughest Problems through Negotiation" and Chapter 7 "Win/Win with Peers: Make Allies, Not Enemies", which now contains a section on Dealing with Difficult People.

Reviews from the first edition:

"'Lab Dynamics' is a highly understandable and practical book that equips the reader with the basics for developing the requisite "soft skills" that can significantly enhance technical productivity and promote career satisfaction and advancement.... Whether they are in management or not, scientists at all stages of their careers will find 'Lab Dynamics' a useful guide. Experienced leaders will find it a practical refresher in mastering their skills, whereas nonmanagement and early-career professionals will find it much more than a survival handbook."
- Clinical Chemistry

"...a concisely written book designed to provide scientists, in a variety of settings, a comprehensive skill set for surviving other scientists and the pressures of the work place. The book is written to appeal to a range of scientists from beginning trainees to seasoned professionals. Importantly, the authors provide real world examples of personal interactions between scientists in jobs covering a broad scope of work settings...Scientists who work in settings ranging from industry, government, or academia will likely find the book interesting and useful...This first edition book was developed from the authors' considerable experiences as scientists and consultants in academia and in the private sector. The book is easily read and holds the interest of the reader with amusing anecdotes, clever quotes, and real world examples and tables that summarize each chapter."
- Veterinary Pathology



1 People Who Do Science: Who They Are and Who They Can Be
2 The Mote in Your Own Eye: Manage Yourself First
3 Gordian Knots: Solve the Toughest Problems through Negotiation
4 A Herd of Cats: Managing Scientists
5 Team Meetings: Who's in Charge Here?
6 A Delicate Art: Manage Your Boss
7 Win/Win with Peers: Make Allies, Not Enemies
8 The Slings and Arrows of Academe: Survive to Get What You Need
9 Science, Inc.: Make a Smooth Transition to Industry
10 Leading Science: Empathy Rules
11 Shape the Future of Science and Technology

Appendix: Resources
About the Authors

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