About our workshops

The case studies and examples used in the workshops are taken from the world of science and address situations and interactions that scientists face every day. Using a pragmatic, solution focused approach, the workshops show scientists how to become more effective in their jobs.

All of our workshops can be modified or customized to meet specific client needs. Past customizations have included a focus on scientists in the pharmaceutical industry and on scientists in academic or governmental research institutes.


The Best of Lab Dynamics

Essential Skills for Science Managers and Leaders

This is a highly interactive day long workshop based upon Dr Cohen’s popular book “Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists.” The workshop distills key lessons for managing and leading a scientific team or group and for dealing with challenging situations and people in the scientific workplace. This is not a generic workshop – it is specifically focused on interactions which scientists have every day — discussing data, negotiating budgets or project plans, receiving and giving scientific criticism and dealing with interpersonal conflicts in the lab.

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Negotiation and Conflict Resolution for Scientists

A workshop for scientists, researchers and research managers

So much of what takes place every day in the lab or in science team meetings involves resolving differences of opinion or accommodating multiple viewpoints in complex scientific discussions. Often such discussions engender strong emotions, leading the participants to engage in counterproductive behaviors. At times the scientific discussion can get derailed by emotion laden interchanges, and projects can be hampered or even halted.

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Leading Science Meetings

A workshop for science and research managers, team leaders and executives

When team or project meetings are run well they can be an invaluable tool for communicating information and making decisions in the science workplace. When run poorly they can be a source of frustration. In this solution-focused half day workshop you will learn and practice the key elements of running productive and interactive team or project meetings in the science workplace.

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Managing your science team: Setting goals, giving feedback and evaluating scientists

A workshop for science and research managers, team leaders and executives

Setting goals and giving feedback can be powerful tools for keeping scientists focused and motivated. Scientists at all levels want and need to hear how they’re doing from their mentors, managers or leaders. In this highly interactive half day workshop you will learn and practice how to set meaningful goals for scientists, how to give effective and useful feedback and how to conduct performance reviews that help keep projects and people on track.

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Dealing With Difficult People In The Science Workplace

This workshop is usually offered as part of the workshop on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, typically occupying the last 45-60 minutes of that workshop. The tools presented show scientists how to handle difficult people in a scientific setting. Examples include dealing with anger and hostility, dealing with overly critical or judgmental superiors or colleagues, recognizing and managing passive aggressive behaviors, and more.

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Leading Science Teams

A workshop for science and research managers, team leaders and executives

So many popular and business books have been written about teams that you might think it would be hard to bring new insights to this field. Yet, very little has been written about scientific teams specifically. We believe that there are fundamental differences in the dynamics of science teams that distinguish them from teams in other disciplines. These differences originate in part from the personalities and needs of scientists themselves.

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Leadership For Scientists

A workshop for scientists making the transition into management or leadership positions

This is a highly interactive two and a half to three day workshop in which participants learn and develop the skills to lead and interact effectively with others in the scientific workplace. Learning takes place in both one on one and group settings. The workshop focuses on techniques, situations and challenges that relate specifically to leading and managing in the scientific workplace. It is appropriate for scientists in both the academic and private sectors.

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What workshop participants say

Useful because this workshop was 100% focused on scientists. Everything was related to scientists and their environment.
— A Boston-area Biotech Manager
Absolutely useful! Gave me a lot to think about regarding my communication and leadership styles. I think Carl’s tips will benefit me both personally and professionally.
— Post-doc workshop participant
The workshop was put together extremely well - insightful, clear and concise. The role playing exercises were..a great way to keep the audience involved.
— Post-doc workshop participant



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