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John K. Borchardt

Dr. Borchardt is a consultant and technical writer. The author of the book “Career Management for Scientists and Engineers,” he writes often on career-related subjects.

Articles by John K. Borchardt

Quit Micromanaging!

by John K. Borchardt
The slogan of the micromanager may well be “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” However, “Micromanagement stifles initiative and kills motivation,” according to a very successful manager, World War II General George S. Patton. Despite this, many of us have worked for micromanagers and some of us (this author included) have even been micromanagers. Why do people micromanage? How can micromanagers change their ways?

The Pathway to Management

by John K. Borchardt
Step one, change your mindset.  There are five mental attitudes or mindsets that aspiring managers need to develop.  Uses this article as a walk-through.

Winning the Talent War

by John K. Borchardt
New and multi-faceted hiring strategies lab managers need in their arsenal.

Career Counseling

by John K. Borchardt
Six competencies needed to survive inevitable career ups and downs.

Around the Clock Lab Safety

by John K. Borchardt
Some service laboratories operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These include chemical plant laboratories, laboratories in other types of production plants, some hospital laboratories, and forensic laboratories.

No Boundaries

by John K. Borchardt
Large companies and government agencies often have laboratories dispersed over a wide geographic area— sometimes around the world.