Six Things to Do to Be a Better PhD Supervisor

We need better PhD supervisors.1 Yes – students need to take control of their own destiny. Yes – students need to be more aware of their role in the research, and supervisory process. Yes – students should be self-informing about options beyond their PhD. But…

When You’re a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

Just like everything looks like a nail if you are a hammer, your PhD appears academic when all of your skills are presented in that context. Similarly, people in other sectors will have the same problem. They’ll see how their skills are specific to their sector.

How COVID-19 Will Impact Your Academic Life

Teaching will be to small groups or at a distance to large groups. University campuses will be void of students. Due to their low use, teaching spaces will be converted to offices, and research spaces to allow for new physical distancing requirements. International travel for researchers will be virtually impossible, so collaborations will be maintained […]

The Legend File

Since 2014, I’ve been involved in Thought Leaders Business School. First as a student; then as a faculty member, and now as an alumnus. I learnt a lot of great things over that time. From using Pink Sheets as a way of systematically capturing my thoughts/intellectual property, to using Green Sheets as a tool to […]

Developing Your Transferable Skills

PhD graduates are clearly capable of doing many things beyond the running of an individual research project. However, that is not always obvious to their potential employers. Here, I look at how to track, record and build transferable skills developed in your PhD or research career, so they can be made “accessible” to your potential […]

Managing Virtual Teams

Virtual teams, or my preferred term – distributed teams – have come into prominence as a result of many governments implementing physical distancing measures to curb the transmission of COVID-19. However, virtual teams have been in operation for many years. Banks and utilities have had personnel placed across the globe for varying functions for the […]

Eight Tips to Leverage Your Conference Presentation

Conference presentations are a key part of academic success. And, if done well you can gain additional insight into your work, and perhaps gain new collaborators. And these things are great for the research. And by extension they are great for the career of the people involved. But what if you want more than that? […]

Three Approaches to Planning Your Career

I am often asked to join careers panels. And one of the things that always happens is the discussion of your career path. How you got to where you are now. These stories are always presented as if we were moving forward. But the reality is we can only see the connecting threads as we […]