Academic life is changing. Many of us are drowning in increasing work demands. Our ‘value’ is increasingly defined by competitive metrics. Academic career paths are often uncertain and precarious. What can we do, individually and collectively, to change academic life to be more sustainable, collaborative and effective? This podcast series offers long-form conversations with academics and thought leaders who share stories and insights, as well as bite-size ‘Related Work’ musings on specific topics drawing on literature and experience.
RW9 Progress and praise
23:27How do you recognize your own progress and do you ever stop to praise yourself for it? In this short podcast I replay part of a previous conversation with Katherine Isbister who talks about working 8-5 M-F, being productive and praising yourself. I connect this to another conversation I had this week about challenges recognizing progress, as well as research around self-compassion and savoring.See http://www.changingacademiclife.com/blog/2021/7/23/rw9-progress-and-praise for a time-stamped transcript and related work links.
RW8 Asking good questions, empowering good people
16:27This short related-work podcast follows up on the last conversation with Michael Bungay-Stanier, to present the seven coaching-like questions from his book ‘The Coaching Habit’ for helping us to stay curious longer, jump to advice a little more slowly. I also reflect on my experiences trying to apply this in my academic life where I see it as one of our most powerful tools to help empower and develop good people.
Michael Bungay Stanier on the power of curiosity and taming your advice monster
53:55Michael Bungay-Stanier is an internationally renowned author, company founder and thought leader in coaching. Michael is the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. He's the author of 6 books, the best known of which is The Coaching Habit which has sold close to a million copies and has thousands of 5-star reviews. His latest book The Advice Trap, focuses on what it takes to tame your Advice Monster. We start off the conversation reflecting on his career choices and discussing the differences between academia and industry. He then discusses what it means to be more coach-like in our work - staying curious a little longer, asking good questions, and being slower to jump to advice – as well as how to recognise our different advice monsters. We finish off with some questions posed by participants on a recent academic leadership development course. Overview (times approximate):00:28 Preamble 04:07 Bio07:26 Career choices, meaning and impact11:41 Academia16:45 Staying curious longer18:05 Advice challenges23:26 Getting practical32:22 Advice monsters & their prizes and punishments42:51 Responding to questions51:32 Wrap up 53:55 EndSee www.changingacademiclife.com/blog/2021/6/10/michael-bungay-stanier for a time-stamped overview of the conversation, transcript and related links
Tanita Casci and Elizabeth Adams on supporting, rewarding and celebrating a positive collegial research culture
51:00Dr Tanita Casci, Head of Research Policy, and Dr. Elizabeth Adams, Workstream Lead – Research Culture, at the University of Glasgow, talk about creating a positive collegial research culture as the vehicle for doing good research, along with practical strategies for how they support, reward and celebrate good practice.See http://www.changingacademiclife.com/blog/2021/5/21/tanita-casci-elizabeth-adams for a time-stamped overview of the conversation, transcript and related links.
Jeremy Birnholtz on sustainability of reviewing, queer research and being curious
59:09See http://www.changingacademiclife.com/blog/2021/5/7/jeremy-birnholtz for a time-stamped overview of the conversation, a transcript and related links
Neha Kumar on choices, authenticity and the power of the collective
1:05:54See http://www.changingacademiclife.com/blog/2021/4/30/cal-56-neha-kumar for a time-stamped overview of the conversation and related links
RW7 Job Crafting - small tweaks can make a big difference
21:58See http://www.changingacademiclife.com/blog/2021/4/23/rw7-job-crafting for a time-stamped transcript and related work links.
RW6 Exploring your own superpowers
15:26See http://www.changingacademiclife.com/blog/2021/4/11/rw6-superpowers for a time-stamped transcript and related work links.
John Tang on review stress in a pandemic, community-level solutions and distributed work
58:31See www.changingacademiclife.com/blog/2021/3/19/john-tang for a time-stamped overview of the conversation, transcript and related links.
Aaron Quigley on silent warriors, secret powers, and making the world better
58:21See www.changingacademiclife.com/blog/2021/3/10/aaron-quigley for a time-stamped overview of the conversation and related links. As broad overview here:02:00 Career path from degree in Computer Science to Head of School at UNSW16:00 Making choices, strategic hindsight and foresight, and getting the right advice22:55 The importance of silent warriors and service roles and his secret power of caring about getting things done and not caring about who gets the credit34:15 His secret power of listening37:55 Moving into his new role as Head of School44:45 His secret power of talking