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Leadership Skills for Scientists Workshop

Cliftons Sydney

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Scientists often climb the leadership ladder through their scientific achievements and technical abilities. But few are prepared with the leadership skills necessary to develop and manage a best practice scientific team. In order to maximise performance in the laboratory and other settings, principal scientists must employ a number of skills including strong communication, emotional intelligence and authenticity.
Continuous funding cuts often cause tension and disengagement in the workplace. As a leader, it is imperative to motivate and engage your team in challenging circumstances, whilst addressing conflict simultaneously. In order to achieve an inspired and ambitious team, scientific leaders must create a work environment conducive to innovation and creativity. Through various communication avenues and tactical relationship building, scientists can drive productivity and positive change whilst creating a strong supportive network for their team.
In this workshop, delegates will explore the leadership skills demanded of scientific professionals to increase team performance and fast-track research outcomes, in a real-time decision-making environment.
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• Honing your communication skills to strategically liaise with stakeholders
• Developing your emotional intelligence to better connect with your team
• Adapting to different individual working styles to create a positive work environment
• Addressing challenging behaviours and scenarios in the workplace
• Driving strategic change to improve processes and procedures
• Increasing your Leadership potential through feedback and self-awareness
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• Principal Research Scientists
• Technical Leaders
• Senior Science Coordinators
• Research Managers
• Scientific Professors
• Scientific Project Managers
• Heads of Science

11 January 2017

08:30 - 16:30


Day One

Strengthening your communication skills for operational success
• Understanding and adapting to different individual communication and working styles
• Adopting personality profiles in order to gauge different personality types in your team
• Developing your one-on-one communication skills to improve individual relationships
• Facilitating cross-functional communication to break down silos and broaden perspectives
Leading productive meetings to efficiently drive results
• Structuring and leading meetings: Setting challenging objectives to efficiently drive results
• Valuing individual and team input to explore new ideas and build a culture of respect
• Honing your presentation skills to improve the way critical information is delivered, presented and understood
• The benefits of ‘lessons learned’ meetings to review projects and learn from past experiences
Developing your individual leadership skills
• Understanding the differences between technical management and people leadership
• Increasing your emotional intelligence to better connect and communicate with diverse teams
• Developing your self-awareness to encourage an active learning culture in your team
• Conducting 360 degree surveys to receive valuable feedback and improve your leadership skills
•The benefits of a mentor: Strategies to find a coach that suits your working style
Resolving conflict and tackling challenging situations
• Breaking down negative perceptions between Scientists and Technicians to increase workplace harmony
• Strategies to identify and tactically address toxic workplace behaviours in yourself and others
• Techniques for effective conflict resolution in difficult or complex scenarios
• Navigating challenging scenarios: Difficult decision making in a political environment
Kym Turnbull - Independent Facilitator
Mullenderree Facilitation

12 January 2017

08:30 - 16:30


Day Two

Liaising with key stakeholders for project success
• Acquiring critical funding for scientific projects: Essential tools to write an effective business case
• Writing scientific reports that accommodate to different stakeholders’ communication styles
• Effectively communicating technical outcomes to key, non-scientific stakeholders
• Collaborating with policy and other external teams to build beneficial partnerships
Managing and developing a capable Scientific Team
• Tools for effective project management with limited resources, funding and time
• Delegating responsibilities to match tasks with employee interests and personality types
• Encouraging teams to work autonomously whilst consistently meeting their responsibilities
• Informally giving and receiving regular feedback to maintain transparency and ensure quality of work
Leading strategic change as a Scientific Leader
• Leading with a purpose: Creating a vision that aligns with team culture
• Collaborating with your team to drive new initiatives and solve complex challenges
 Advocating and managing change in a political environment to improve processes and procedures
• Formulating and articulating individual and team goals to create target driven project structures
• Visibly demonstrating progressive leadership qualities to inspire emerging leaders
Driving productivity through engagement and innovation
• Facilitating timely brainstorming sessions to inspire creative thinking and produce new ideas
• Building an environment conducive to innovation and creativity in the workplace
• Identifying team motivators to increase productivity and engagement in the laboratory
• Expanding professional development opportunities to nurture new team ideas
• Group discussion: What is your leadership development action plan?
Kym Turnbull - Independent Facilitator
Mullenderree Facilitation
Kym Turnbull
Independent Facilitator
Mullenderree Facilitation
Cliftons Sydney
Phone: +61 2 9250 0999
Level 13, 60 Margaret St
Sydney, NSW
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