Leadership & Communication Lab for Postdocs (english)
- Coaching Group
- Staff Development Measures:
- Fields of Action:
- Strengthen leadership skills
- Career Development
- Participation Fee:
- Free of charge for RWTH and UKA employees of the specified target group For external participants (e.g. FZJ and associated institutes) a participation fee is charged.
This workshop series offers a year-long support for the career path and the management of a postdoc's daily work. A postdoc often embodies several roles such as supervisor, teacher, researcher and networker. Managing these different roles with excellent communication and leadership skills as well as generating a network for the next career step is focus of this workshop series.
Participants are welcome to apply for one or for all workshop days depending on their preferred topic.
Workshop 1: Leadership Skills
Workshop 2: Communication with Superviors / critical situations
Workshop 3: Team Communication / Conflictual Situations
Workshop 4: Body Language + Voice, Positioning myself
The goal is
to support daily workflow
to manage team work and give supervision in an effective and dynamic way
to communicate and lead in an effective and constructive way
These workshops consist of both group discussions and artsbased processes. The latter is an approach of dealing with a question or a challenge through artful play, art making or improvisation. The benefit of enriching cognitive discussion with physical, improvisational experiences are mannifold: The challenge, which is often rooted in behavior and personality becomes tangible. That means, cognitive understanding is enriched with emotional intelligence. A solution that appears out of such a holistic coaching process is often new, creative and perfectly fitting the situation. The coachee's range of play and range of action widenes and expands. New tools become available. Artsbased processes can be visualisations, movement patterns, rhythmical und musical elements, theatre and poetry. No previous experience is required. Rather an open mind and the willingness to try out something new is welcomed.
Communication + Critical Situations within hierarchies
Conflict Management in and for teams
Body Language, Voice, professional reputation
Stable internet access within an undisturbed environment, loudspeaker and microphone, if possible camera (recommended)
postdocs, academic staff, juniorprofessors
Measures to secure the sustainable Transfer of Taught Knowledge / Skills
Through experience-based learning the transfer to real-life situations is given. Since the participants' range of action is broadened through artsbased processes and group discussions, the newly acquired skills can be tranferred to daily work situations. This workshop series is designed as a long-term support. Thus, challenges can be turned into solutions over this long period of time.
Qualification of the Instructor / Coach
Kathrin Keune, consultant and performing artist, holds a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, Coaching and Education and a B.A. in Psychology and the Performing Arts.
She worked in a San Diego based medical research laboratory throughout her 6 year stay in Southern California, USA as a lab assistant and lab manager. Kathrin's professional experience ranges from trainings in scientific presentation,
communication and leadership at different American and German universities to consulting work with CEOs on company development through creative leadership. She still performs as a classical singer at different venues in Germany.