Are you struggling to manage your research lab effectively? Do you find yourself constantly putting out fires and reacting to problems instead of being proactive? If so, welcome to the Club of Accidental Managers! We didn’t train to be managers; it just sort of happened, like a surprise party that we never wanted. Many researchers find themselves thrust into the role of manager without any formal training or guidance.
Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to build a more productive and enjoyable research team. In this video, Morgan provides valuable insights and tips on how to manage your research lab effectively – learned through her own experiences using “the trial and error method” (not recommended). it starts by understanding the different roles, or hats, you need to wear and making sure you are not focusing too much on one and forgetting the others. Strategy and adaptability are some important keywords to keep in mind.
This video will help you see things from a fresh perspective:
It can seem daunting and confusing at first since most of us are accidental managers. We didn’t train to be a manager; it just happened. And it can be the kind of thing like, “Ah, I don’t really want to deal with that. I don’t want to do that.” And yet, by avoiding it, it causes problems. So, to do a better job of managing your lab, remember to consider which hat you are wearing right now and then act accordingly.
However, if you want personal help, schedule a discovery call with our team to walk through your specific challenges and provide strategies you can implement today. We promise we won’t judge.