While leadership may not initially seem critical early in your career, seizing opportunities for growth and influence early on can help us be recognized as leaders long before an official title confers it. At a Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians workshop, attendees discovered fresh strategies to understanding and achieve this transition.
Susan Evans, PhD spoke to the benefits of creating impactful relationships between medical centers and vendors. "Partnerships can start small, but keep an eye toward renewal," Evans said.
Michael Astion, MD, PhD provided the audience with a "conflict management toolbox," a list of tips for mitigating workplace disagreements in effective ways before they become inflated.
Juan David Garcia, MBA, BS(MT) gave an excellent overview of how to effectively negotiate contracts for the clinical lab. He reminded the audience that negotiation does not have to stop at capital costs and can include such items as service agreements, LIS interface costs, and employee training.
Josie Foranoce, MT(ASCP), shared practical information on how a lab leader can drive a collaborative and productive team. Foranoce stressed the importance of lab leaders remaining engaged, happy, and enthusiastic at work—even though these qualities may not be in our job descriptions. She encouraged audience members to try regular "employee rounding" to stay informed about possible barriers.