Who is planning on attending the KnowledgeLab laboratory leadership conference at the end of April in San Antonio?
I'm the Chair of the Conference Planning Committee, and we're working on session selection now. Historically, this has been strongly driven toward leadership topics, and we have some other options that are more technical in nature that could be included. I'd like to hear from you - what session topics would you be interested in?
Something that has come up at my institution and within one work area specifically is how to develop leadership skills for non-managerial leadership roles. For example, we have a tiered structure in some of our roles (ex: entry-level > senior level> principal level) and many of our senior and principal staff have no desire to move into management or other formal leadership roles, but would like to build out leadership skills related to peer-to-peer mentoring and the similar. I believe a session or two geared towards this audience would be well-received.
Looking forward to KnowledgeLab 2024!
I strongly agree. There are so many professionals who wanted to work in the lab that still want professional development, but not necessarily administration. I think we often forget about that once they're in the position they want to be in. Creating the career ladder that allows them to continue to grow is a great retention tool as well!
I would like to suggest something on managing multigenerational workers with very different work ethics. Younger staff are harder to get engaged in more than working their hours. There is much that goes into producing quality lab results for good patient care. We need to energize the future scientists who do the work day in and day out as well as those bound for leadership.