March 14 - 17, 2014
Application Deadline: January 31, 2014
Decisions: February 15, 2014
Carl M. Cohen, Workshop Director
description: This is a highly interactive 3.5 day workshop in which you will develop the skills necessary to lead and interact effectively with others, in both one-on-one and group settings. The workshop will focus on techniques, situations, and challenges that relate specifically to leading and managing in the scientific workplace.
It will emphasize learning by doing and will involve role playing, giving and receiving feedback, and group problem solving. Much of the learning will be peer-to-peer. Participants will be expected to discuss their own experiences and listen to others as they discuss theirs.
workshop will help participants identify areas where they need guidance
and growth, as well as how to capitalize on areas of strength.
Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and
challenges with others and to receive feedback and guidance from others
with experience in leading scientists in a variety of settings. At the
end of the course, participants will be linked through a unique on-line
community in which they can continue learning from one another and from
the course instructors.
Key focus areas of the workshop will include:
Recognizing and understanding leadership in a science setting
negotiation as a tool in scientific discussions and problem solving
and resolving conflicts in the lab
• Dealing with
difficult people and situations
your ideas and plans in a way that engages others
effective and productive meetings
Becoming effective citizen scientists
The workshop is targeted to life scientists making, or recently having made, the transition to leadership or managerial positions. Many of the situations discussed will be from the perspective of an independent investigator running his or her own laboratory. As such, relatively new investigators (e.g., < 3 years) are particularly encouraged to apply, as are senior postdoctoral scholars on the cusp of tenure-track research positions.
Click here to read about the impact the workshop had on a 2012 participant ("Scientists must be taught to manage," Nature 483:511, doi:10.1038/483511a), and here to read about the impact on a 2011 participant ("Training: Workshops that work," Nature 488: 419-420, doi:10.1038/nj7411-419a).
Director: Carl M. Cohen, Ph.D. Carl is President of Science
Management Associates and provides consultation and training in
interpersonal, group and organizational skills to scientists and science
executives in both the public and private sectors. Carl has more than 25
years of biomedical research and management expertise, including having
been Chief Operating Officer of Biovest
International, focused on cancer immunotherapy, and Vice President for
Research and Development at Creative BioMolecules.
Carl served as Chief of the Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Acting Chair of the Department of Biomedical Research at St.
Elizabeth's Medical Center of Boston. During that period he also
held the positions of Professor of Medicine and Professor of Anatomy and
Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine. Carl is
co-author with his wife Suzanne of the book “Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for
Scientists” (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2012).
Co-Facilitator: Dannielle ("Dannie") Kennedy, Ph.D. Dannie is a former president of the Board of
Directors of the Boston Center of the A.K. Rice Institute and has
directed numerous conferences on authority and leadership. She is on the
faculty of the Executive Coaching Program at the Massachusetts School of Professional
Psychology and has served on the Case Series Editorial Board of the
Family Firm Institute. As an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College
and guest lecturer at Harvard University and Smith College, she has
taught courses on leadership, executive coaching, organizational theory
and consultation, post-merger integration, applied research methods, and
group dynamics. She is currently a leadership coach and advisor at WorkLab Consulting LLC (formerly the Nautilus Consulting Group). Prior to joining WorkLab, Dannie was a senior
consultant at KRW International, an executive development boutique.
Dannie holds a Ph.D. from Simmons College and is a graduate of the
Advanced Studies in Organizational Development Program at the Boston
Institute of Psychotherapy. Her clients include Fortune 500 corporations
and institutions in electronic information, financial services,
advertising, publishing, testing and assessment services, human resources
and university administration.
instructions: Selection criteria
for the workshop includes submission of a personal
statement and one letter of reference. Students will be expected to stay for the duration of the workshop, which will begin in the mid-afternoon of Friday, February
22, and end by lunchtime on Monday, February 25. The workshop
will be held at the CSHL
Banbury Conference Center, located on the north shore
of Long Island. Click the links at left to begin the application
Generously subsidized with funds provided by American Express.
(including board and lodging): $800