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Workshop „How to row the boat? – Leadership skills in Industry & Leadership in Sandwich positions”

Leadership has undergone changes- in parallel with changes to our work environments. Flatter hierarchies, project work in a matrix structure and more rapid changes of assignments, locations and colleagues are but some of the new challenges we all face. Interpersonal skills become
Wann 01.10.2018 um 09:00 bis
02.10.2018 um 17:00
Wo GGL Seminar room 24, Leihgesterner Weg 52, 35392 Giessen
Kontakttelefon 0641 99 47278
Teilnehmer Postdocs from the life sciences
Termin übernehmen vCal


Mr. Philipp Gramlich

Philipp Gramlich studied Chemistry, was involved in the foundation of baseclick GmbH by BASF Venture Capital; did a Postdoc in Edinburgh and worked for five years at Eurofins before he co-founded NaturalScience.Careers, where he is focussing on leadership training, career starters, coaching and business development. Details:

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Leadership has undergone changes- in parallel with changes to our work environments. Flatter hierarchies, project work in a matrix structure and more rapid changes of assignments, locations and colleagues are but some of the new challenges we all face. Interpersonal skills become ever more important when leading a team or a project: for motivation, conflict resolution or work delegation.

Participants will be able to look at the various aspects of their leadership tasks through “academic” and “industrial” eyes, as the trainer will try to bring together his leadership experience from academia and industry.


Intended Learning Outcomes

The skills that the participants will be working on include:

- adjusting their leadership styles to the individual co-worker, the situation and the task at hand.

- adapt their communication styles to a variety of situations and people.

- spotting, preventing, solving and escalating conflicts in the specific sandwich position typical for young leaders.

- Delegate work for the development of their team as well as for their own time management.

- Conduct constructive one-on-one meetings.



Depending on the wishes of the group, different aspects of this wide and highly important skill set will be emphasised. Here a preliminary schedule, which will be adjusted according to the participants´ wishes.

Leadership skills for young scientists

In this course, we´ll try to work out a toolbox of skills for various situations in your (future) position as leader in a scientific environment in academia or industry. The trainer´s experiences from leading academic projects as well as various teams in industry will be brought into this course.


Day 1

Reflections on own leadership experiences (active and passive)

Situative leadership: Can we find a leadership style that fits them all and is this even desirable? Overview over the delegation process: why and how do you delegate work over the shoulders in your team?

Effective communication: meetings and feedback one-on-ones

What makes communication in a sandwich position special?

Set up your team (and lab). Which rules can help you to allow for a smooth work environment, where could you work without rules?


Day 2

Leadership in industry vs. academia: what are the differences, what can we learn from the "other side"?

Conflict prevention and resolution for work in sandwich positions. How to handle your (lack of) power and influence, how can you prevent getting between the “grinding stones” of your sandwich position?

Conflicts as team leader or member: what changes when you change side and what makes the sandwich position so challenging?

Hiring staff: what can we learn from industry in this process? How can we eliminate inherent biases to make a rational decision?



Interactive discussions.

Case studies from the trainer as well as from the participants. These will be used to develop general and workable courses of action.

Practically oriented activities and scenarios. Such “role plays” lead to evaluations within small groups (e.g. groups of three, two interacting partners plus the third person as observer) or in plenary.

Short presentation phases.

Development of concepts in plenary, e.g on flipchart.

Individual or small group work (exercises) of the participants and presentation in plenary.

Requirements/Preparation by participants:

Filling in of a questionnaire beforehand, which should facilitate the preparation for the trainer and help them gather a few preliminary thoughts about the seminar content.


Training is in English
Internal (JLU&MARA Members) 50 EUR

External 150 EUR


At , deadline. 01.09.2018
Please note that your registration is binding. You may cancel your registration up to seven days before the beginning of the course without providing specific reasons. Thereafter, you will be required to pay the attendance fee even if you do not attend the course.

Postdoctoral Programme of the GGL


Martin Blaser

Phone: 0641 99 47278

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