We all know that:

• research translation is hard;

• it is difficult to find and maintain collaborative research partners (no matter where they are from);

• grants are difficult to come by; and

• industry partners seem disinterested in our work.

However, one of the ways to overcome some of these problems is to have an online presence. A presence that makes us accessible. A presence that attracts rather than one that repels. A presence that encourages our ideal partners to propose or engage with our ideal projects.

Read more: How to make your LinkedIn profile translation ready

Increasingly I’m working at the academia-industry/corporate interface. That could be helping researchers find industry/corporate collaborators or vice-versa; delivering training programs about working with industry (or university); or providing career advice. In a recent review, the juxtaposition of academia and industry was made stark.

Read more: Video killed the radio star, but time killed the academia-industry/corporate collaboration

In May, I had the pleasure of attending the BioMelbourne Network Connecting Women Lunch. Amid the elegant surroundings of Mural Hall and the fine dining, rose the voices of hundreds of women sharing their experiences with one another. The thing that stuck with me most, however, were the quiet moments when the highly successful speakers shared their career advice. Many speakers referred to a time in their career when an improvement and continued focus on soft-skills lead to career advancement. 

Read more: 4 Tips for Improving Soft Skills

Recently I’ve been re-reading Me to We (by Janine Garner). It is a book all about commercial collaboration and the success such an approach can have for current and aspiring (commercial) leaders. Although it is a book aimed at individuals and being a collaborative leader, it certainly has some elements that are relevant (or at least common) to collaboration for organisations as well as researchers (who may not immediately identify themselves as leaders).

Read more: From Them and Us to We – How universities and industry can work together

The fate of your research, project or company rises and falls on the strength of the people you hire. Whether you are focused on leading a team, building a research project, running a business or managing a project, you are looking to fill the gaps as quickly as possible – which can lead to bad habits in role creation, shortlisting and interviewing processes.

Read more: Break the Bad Hiring Habit

Increasingly I have been asked about my experiences of leadership in research and what I see as options for leadership in research - particularly for PhD students and also in the context of increasing competition for grant funding. I reckon there are at least  five (maybe more) leadership options for researchers. And I think all of them have their own nuances but also are based on three things.

Read more: Leadership options for people in research