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.
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 Bring Them On! Interviewing, Selecting and Hiring Scientists
5 A Herd of Cats: Managing Scientists
6 How Am I Doing? Setting Goals, Giving Feedback, and Doing Performance Reviews
7 Team Meetings: Who’s in Charge Here?
8 A Delicate Art: Manage Your Boss
9 Win/Win with Peers: Make Allies, Not Enemies
10 The Slings and Arrows of Academe: Survive to Get What You Need
11 Science, Inc.: Make a Smooth Transition to Industry
12 Leading Science: Empathy Rules
13 Shape the Future of Science and Technology
About the Authors
"All chapters would benefit younger career scientists or graduate students exploring the leadership skills they may wish to develop if they want to lead or work better in teams. This volume belongs in any collection serving laboratory scientists, and will appeal to both researchers and graduate students."
"At the university, it is no longer just about specialist knowledge. This extensive manual shows how to manage yourself and others using many practical examples [...] it is no longer just technical expertise that counts, specialist group leaders must also have soft skills and demonstrate leadership skills."
Praise for the first edition:
"Lab Dynamics is a highly understandable and practical book [...] Experienced leaders will find it a practical refresher in mastering their skills, whereas non-management and early–career professionals will find it much more than a survival handbook."
– Clinical Chemistry
"[...] (provides) a comprehensive skill set for surviving other scientists and the pressures of the work place. Scientists who work in settings ranging from industry, government, or academia will likely find the book interesting and useful."
– Veterinary Pathology