Bridging Science and Business

Vivo Group

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Who Should Attend 

  • Experienced leaders and managers who want to expand and improve their skills

  • Individual contributors transitioning to supervisory roles

  • Non-scientists who must lead or coordinate scientific groups

  • Scientists who want to better understand management

  • New and experienced managers of technical teams

  • Alliance and project managers

  • Entrepreneurs leading their own company

Leadership Workshop

Learning Objectives

  1. Ability to perform more effectively as leaders and managers

  2. Techniques to positively affect the behaviors of others to enable better results at work

  3. Know-how to avoid the most common mistakes made in transitioning to leadership and management roles

  4. Capability to apply appropriate leadership styles in varied situations

  5. Understanding of why people do (or don’t do) things we want them to do

  6. Skills to recognize and align with the personal goals and motivations of others

  7. Strategies for conveying difficult information about performance, behavior, or results – honestly and proactively

  8. Opportunity to develop and practice a communication style that is empowering and effective

  9. Understanding of the dynamics of teams and how to better manage them

  10. Improved ability to prioritize time in order to get more accomplished with fewer resources 


The seminar program format will be highly interactive, and involve small-group discussions of case studies using examples that are specific and relevant to the life sciences. In addition, there will be facilitated group discussions, writing assignments, practical exercises, short role-playing exercises, and opportunities to gain perspective from and share best practices with course instructors and other participants. Attendees are given theoretical background and overview of topics, as well as practical tools that can be implemented in the work place. Participants gain experience by practicing using new skills where appropriate. 

Day #2

1.Motivation and Influence

  1. Authority, power and their limits

  2. Overview of the three major types of influence

  3. Inspiring and motivating people

2.Overview of Management Techniques and Styles

  1. Building and leading productive teams

  2. Traditional management fundamentals and tools

  3. Tips on managing scientists in R&D environments

3.Delegating and Coaching to Improve Performance

  1. Setting and communicating clear goals and expectations

  2. Situational leadership model: 4 stages of delegation

  3. Coaching and providing performance feedback

4.Managing Conflict in R&D Environments

  1. Learning to recognize and manage productive vs. unproductive conflict

  2. Conflict management strategies and styles

  3. Assessing conflict response styles (TKI assessment instrument)

Day #1

1.The Fundamentals of Leadership and Management

  1. Expectations of individual contributors vs. leaders/managers

  2. Characteristics and levels of leadership and management responsibilities

  3. Fundamental leadership elements

2.Leading Yourself to Improve Effectiveness

  1. Time management and prioritizing

  2. Efficiency and effectiveness habits

  3. Importance of soft skills and emotional intelligence in the workplace

3.Leadership Theory and Strategy

  1. Overview of leadership theory and styles

  2. Strategy and the life science business model

  3. Cultural differences between science and business

4.Understanding How Personality Styles Affect Leadership

  1. Methods to characterize personality and behavior

  2. Behavior type assessment

  3. Adjusting your leadership and communication styles

Seminar Leader 

Gwen Acton, PhD, is the CEO of Vivo Group.  She holds a doctorate in biology from MIT, and specializes in developing leadership and management skills of scientists and engineers. 

MassBioEd Workshop
“Life Science Leadership and Management”
March 13 & 20, 2013


Workshop Description

This two-day intensive program will result in participants having the skills and know-how to lead and manage others more successfully and confidently in a life science environment. In these highly interactive sessions participants will gain an understanding of the types of leadership and management techniques and styles that they can use to be most effective in situations they encounter. Participants will learn how to recognize and manage conflict, and how to get things accomplished more efficiently by being able to positively influence peers and colleagues. Participants will receive tips on how to prioritize their time and efforts, and systematic approaches to making better decisions.