In many ways, the PhD is not so much about science as it is about communication. I’ve learned lessons about how to more effectively communicate with coworkers, advisors, students of all ages, and peers. These lessons don’t always come easily, but they are valuable no matter where I go from here. Anyone with a boss or advisor can benefit from goal sharing, agenda setting, and generally managing up.
For insights into managing up in academia and beyond, read more in my poem published on That’s Life [Science].