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08/22/09
Workshop Reflections. Washington
Filed under: First Year on Job, Leadership
Posted by: site admin @ 10:43 am

The sense of several colleagues is that
meeting attendance
and vitality in
Washington increased over the spring meeting.

As I walked out of the convention center, I
encountered a
colleague who chaired
synthetic organic pharma sessions

and we both perceived a nice uptick.

Another colleague who attended med
chem sessions found
them engaging and
nicely attended.


It was nice to have between one-half and
two-thirds
of the seats filled in Wed.
workshops on First Year on
the Job in
Academe and Industry.  Many of the

attendees were energized by an engaging
format, but
also found useful:

- incredible awareness of body language
in listening
and how valuable a tool it is

- importance of not only telling about
valuable principles, giving examples, but
also
practicing them.  Teaching moments
occur when audience attendees don’t quite

meet the minimum expected.  Point it out
and move on.


It was strongly noted when people
exhibited professional
behavior they were
credited with it and the audience

sensed how and why. 
  -  reading facial expressions while
presenting material

  -  off topic comments that avoid getting
to the point.

  -  need to prioritize and lead with your
best

  -  how to work with your boss, so that
(s)he succeeds

  -  appropriate cell phone usage in
meetings
.
  -  goal setting and reviews

People interested in the academic careers
or changing into
academic careers, valued
having a
“research notebook”
and back-up plans when things don’t work
as designed
.

Industrial career attendees highlighted
working in teams
, having time limits, being
able to
practice giving summary responses
and feeling like their ideas were being heard.

The communication felt two-way to them.

It was a terrific professional experience.

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