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Management Boot Camp May 2018

Workshop/Seminar: Leadership - Personal/Group Interactions

May 24, 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm May 25 9 am to 4 pm

This event is recommended for: Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows.

Applications are now being accepted (deadline May 17 at noon) Applications are now closed

Management of people and resources is a key component to being successful as you move forward in your career.  The OITE has developed an intense course to give advanced postdocs and fellows an overview of common management concepts that are not often taught in a lab environment.  The topics covered will be applicable to all sectors (academics, industry, non-profits, government, etc.).

This course requires a commitment of two full days.  Enrollment will be limited to 30 people.  Directions for applying to the course are below.  Travel awards are available for non-Bethesda locations if the candidate is selected.  

Date: May 24 and May 25 Time:  8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day

Course Schedule:


Introduction to management

This unit will introduce common management topics such as planning, organizing, and leading.

Unit 1: Managing you

  • Transitioning to a management role                                                                                       
  • Introduction to emotional intelligence
  • Time management                                                                                         

Learning concepts: This session will encourage participants to assess how they interact with people, the environment, and projects to effectively manage workflows.

Unit 2: Managing staffing

  • Hiring and interviewing
  • Embracing diversity                                                                                                        

Learning concepts: This session will explore staffing your unit and how diversity enhances the workplace.

Unit 3: Managing Interpersonal Interactions

  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Difficult conversations

Learning concepts: Effectively managing your interactions with others will help you build stronger relationships in the workplace and prevent the conflict that can undermine them.  Among the most critical skills are the ability to give feedback clearly and tactfully; listen and respond to feedback from others; analyze and address conflict in the workplace; and prepare for and engage in difficult conversations. Thoughtful development and application of these skills will serve you whether you are talking to an employee on your team, a peer, or a member of leadership.

 Unit 4: Managing the team

  • Motivating your staff                                                                    
  • Planning ahead
  • Dealing with setbacks

Learning concepts: Motivating a staff means knowing how to communicate project goals and expectations.  This session will define strategies to motivate staff and what to do when setbacks occur.

Course Applications

Applications are required, and applications will open in April.  

Applications are due by noon on May 17.

We will accept only 40 people into the course.  You must have attended all of the Workplace Dynamics sessions.  Candidate selection will favor those fellows leaving the NIH within a year and those who exhibit an enthusiasm for becoming a better manager. We recommend that you spend time on your applications to answer the questions completely and to also double check the quality of your answers.

Candidates will be notified about course acceptance by May 17.

Applications should include:

  • Name and Institute/Center
  • Your intended next job (assistant professor, R&D scientist, non-profit program manager, etc) and when you are expecting to leave the NIH.
  • A 100 word statement of why you are interested in the course.
  • A 100 word description of an article you have read or workshop you attended that covered a management topic.  Why was it (or was it not) interesting?

To request sign language interpreters and/or other accommodation, please contact NIH Interpreting Services by phone at 301-402-8180, by submitting a request online, or by using the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 days in advance of the event.