Managing and leadership skills are two of the most useful skills you can develop as a scientist — and most likely no-one will teach you about them! I was introduced to the “Lab dynamics” book by someone who had taken a workshop from the authors at Cold Spring Harbor and recommended it to me. The book helps you to:
- improve your negotiation skills
- handle difficult conversations
- understand personality types
- have more efficient meetings
- develop better win/win interactions with peers
The book is full with case studies and exercises that will help you to visualize better and get better understanding of yourself and others — which in turn will lead to more fruitful interactions with peers and collaborations.
The best thing is that it is specially geared for scientist, so a lot of the scenarios you work with are the ones you would typically find in the bench. From reserving equipment time to negotiating first authorship in a paper. The book uses to notion of “expanding the pie” to try to satisfy the interests of the negotiating parties rather than the positions.