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Why Choose Lab Manager Academy?

The Academy

This new program is intended to support existing and potential lab managers with training in a wide variety of leadership and management skills. The program will consist of 20 courses in four different categories. Each category will be rolled out as it is finished, with the first expected to start in the fall of 2021.

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Lab Manager Certificate

Lab Manager Certificate

The new online Lab Manager Certificate Program is expected to begin in the fall of 2021

This new program is intended to support existing and potential lab managers with training in a wide variety of leadership and management skills. The program will consist of 20 online courses, each covering a specific skill required for effective lab management.

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À La Carte Courses

À La Carte Courses

The à la carte lab manager courses are a good alternative to the certificate program for experienced lab managers who just need a little training in some specific areas, and want to investigate the courses individually.

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About Us

About Us

Lab Manager  provides the guidance lab managers need to run their labs like a business. Whether it’s through our print magazine, digital offerings, webinars, videos, or live events, managers can find the advice they need to be strong leaders in their labs.

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Courses coming this fall!

Lab Leadership Basics

Lab Leadership Basics

Managing a lab is a big responsibility. It requires a combination of scientific knowledge, technical skills, people leadership, and work process management. Most lab managers earn the role through their success as bench scientists, and then have to learn the leadership and management skills as they try to execute them. This course is intended to provide a range of basic skills that lab managers need, but are rarely taught. These leadership basics provide a foundation to build other leadership and management skills.

Roles, Responsibilities, and Objectives

Roles, Responsibilities, and Objectives

Clearly defining what is expected of staff is critical to success. Roles and responsibilities define the area of action and expectation for each staff member. Objectives define the specific expectations for each staff member over some duration of time. Making these documents an iterative interaction is key to success. Ensuring these documents are evergreen enables the people and the organization to remain agile.

Performance and Reviews

Performance and Reviews

Providing staff with clear performance feedback is critical to success. Performance feedback can be done informally and formally. Performance reviews can be effective conversations that focus on accomplishments, development opportunities, and a core message. Performance plans focus on the high and low performers. Development plans prepare high performers for promotion, while performance improvement plans enable low performers to meet minimum expectations.

Recruiting, hiring and on-boarding

Recruiting, Hiring and Onboarding

Recruiting and hiring the right people is critical to success for any lab. Differentiating lab candidates is essential. Conducting an effective interview enables hiring the right candidate. Onboarding a new labmate requires planning and persistence. Training enables new hires to reach their potential in the lab.

Skills Planning and Succession Planning

Succession Planning

The skills and knowledge of the staff drive what the lab can execute and do. Having and preserving the right mix of skills and expertise is vital for the health of the lab. Maintaining the optimum skill mix for the lab as conditions and needs change requires a detailed skills and retention analysis. The skills analysis can drive investment, training, and hiring decisions for the lab. Succession planning is required for the lab to plan role and position changes as the staff evolves and changes. Effective succession planning provides a roadmap to develop high-quality internal candidates and to provide ideas, in case an emergency disrupts the plans.