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Idea Agent by Lina M. Echeverria

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FLEXIBILITY

Respect and freedom open the way for flexibility. Flexibility to embrace new ideas, to accommodate life needs, to change direction, to change your true-and-tried ways. Flexibility is the way of life in research, so leading your group to adopt it as a way of life in life will bring vitality and a “can do” and “why not?” attitude to your group. It is an important culture-creating value as it shifts the focus from the “what” to the “how.” And, just as importantly, it touches lives in all dimensions, from trivial to crucial.

IMPACTING CAREERS

As the ultimate expression of flexibility, I believe it is our job as leaders to adapt our management style to the individual personalities of those in our groups—scientists, technicians, administrative ...

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