Most people involved in biomedical teaching and research have received a high level of professional training, enabling them to establish themselves successfully in their respective field. They are used to analyzing and solving complex scientific and medical problems, to developing practical solutions for them, and to delivering results and conclusions.
However, how good are they at handling interpersonal relationships? What about their leadership capabilities, their team management strengths, and their skills in conflictresolution and personal management? What about career development?
During many years working in biomedical academic research as well as in industry, I have often observed that professional skills (both my own and those of others in my working environment) frequently fail to correlate with the so-called soft skills, so that resources in interpersonal relations are often wasted. That’s where coaching and mentoring come in.