How do you stop the drama? Don’t play the role.

How do you stop the drama? Don’t play the role.

Stop the drama triangle. “Nick, Joe’s been at it again. He’s not giving me the cloning constructs that I need. He’s just criticizing my assay designs and belittling my ideas. Can you talk to him?” Nancy, a frustrated graduate student, desperately reaches out to her...
Delegate goals, not tasks, in order to get things done.

Delegate goals, not tasks, in order to get things done.

Do you need help? Delegate. In our last post we talked about some ways to get help, but what about getting the people you pay to help you? They already know that they should be helping you… right? Unfortunately, you may not always be asking the right person for...
Start up budgets aren’t about the money

Start up budgets aren’t about the money

Planning a budget isn’t easy. Are you about to start your own lab? Are you in the middle of budget hell, anxious about presenting to a grant committee? Most postdocs and junior investigators I speak to believe they need to start out by knowing how much money they...
Need a new years resolution? Be resolute.

Need a new years resolution? Be resolute.

Happy New Year. Welcome 2015!!! Well, it’s 2015 already. I can hardly believe a whole year has already passed by. I guess that it’s time to start making new resolutions. But what are “resolutions”? The word itself denotes a firm determination, or commitment. To...