How can I manage the many tasks without being overwhelmed by them? With good management, tasks can be completed more efficiently and free up time for other activities. True, learning management methods takes time, but it is an investment that pays off quickly. It is not a matter of filling up the time slots you have shoveled free with further tasks, but rather of planning for the unforeseen and creating free space for creative development. The techniques learned for professional life can also translate beautifully into the private life. In our workshops you can learn how to achieve a healthy work-life balance and be mindful of yourself. If you do not find the workshop you are looking for in the following samples, get in touch with us and we will see how we can help you:

 

 

Management and Health

 

 

Project Management

Learning objectives

The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with a set of tools and techniques that will help them keep their projects on track and ultimately achieve their project objectives.

 

Content

To do this, they are introduced to the principles of project management and understand what it takes to run successful projects. The content is focused on the specific issues of scientific research and science management. The participants are encouraged to apply and practice the tools of project management directly in their own projects. Alternatively, work can be done on case studies.

 

Target group

Postdocs of all disciplines who want to lead complex projects and/or prepare for a career in science management.

 

Methods

Theoretical input on the basics of project management with a focus on science, small group exercises, if desired with a project management software application

 

Group size

Max. 12 participants

 

Duration

2 days
Successful to your PhD
PhD students have a lot of tasks to fulfill. In part, they are employed by the university and have to fulfill teaching obligations or supervise master's students. On the other hand, they are supposed to take care of their PhD project, which often includes learning new techniques or introducing new methods in the lab. At the same time, they take on some general tasks, such as maintaining equipment, ordering consumables, or organizing workflow. And they are expected to volunteer to organize conferences, meetings, and retreats. Finally, they must be supportive when other graduate students need their expertise.

 
This multi-dimensional task requires a lot. Setting priorities, having discipline, and being able to say "no" are just a few of them.

 

Learning objectives

  • Analyze tasks and identify time killers
  • Define own goals and steps to achieve them
  • Acquire a technique for prioritizing tasks
  • Say "no" when necessary without hurting others

 

Target group

Doctoral students, preferably at the beginning of their doctorate

 

Group size

Max. 12 participants

 

Duration

2 days
Healthy leadership
Our scientific qualification makes us experts in our field of research, but for all that I am group leader now with lots of tasks and roles that I don’t feel prepared for: Selecting and guiding personnel, power struggles and fights for resources at the institute, negotiations with third party funding agencies to name but a few.

 

Content

The first part is about guiding your own research group, the second part deals with positioning the research group. The workshop covers questions such as: How to handle difficult conversations with colleagues, staff members and superiors? What can I do to earn respect as a leader? How do I form a motivated group which allows everyone to work with utmost independence and innovation? Why do people react in such unforeseen ways?

The second part deals with the positioning of the research group and a leadership style that matches one's own personality. Topics include personnel selection, power and resource struggles, negotiations with third-party funding agencies. How do I conduct difficult conversations with colleagues, employees and superiors?

 

Topics

Part 1 "Leading my research group successfully"
  • Being assertive as a leader
  • Inner security as a leader
  • Personality types and related behavioral traits
  • Flexible leadership roles - adjusting to situations and people
  • How much distance is professional?

 
Part 2 "Positioning my research group"

  • Understanding group dynamics and "institute cultures"
  • Managing difficult conversations
  • Dealing with power games
  • Alliances, networks and allies

 

Target group

Postdocs, research group leaders

 

Group size

Max. 12 participants

 

Methods

Exercises from drama-based training, role-play, personality structures according to the Structogram® system, motivational talks, individual and group exercise, feedback

 

Duration

2 x 2 days



 
 
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