"“Science is great, but it’s low-yield,” Fang told me. “Most experiments fail. That doesn’t mean the challenge isn’t worth it, but we can’t expect every dollar to turn a positive result. Most of the things you try don’t work out — that’s just the nature of the process.” Rather than merely avoiding failure, we need to court truth."
Read the entire article by Christie Aschwanden here.
"As you give more responsibility and autonomy to your most capable direct reports, focus your conversation less on how they should approach a task and more on the what and why. For example, why is the initiative important? What’s the scope of the task and what is their level of authority: to make the decision or bring options and a recommendation to you for approval? What are the key issues they need to address and resolve? Who are the people in other groups they need to collaborate along the way? What are the key milestones and check-in points and what are your expectations for communication during the course of the initiative? By contrast, with less experienced people you are trying to help move up the learning curve toward greater independence, it’s appropriate to be more prescription about the how things are to be done. Similarly, your check-ins will typically be more frequent and detailed."
Read the whole article by John Beeson on HBR here.
A really good classification by Christian Bonilla on Quora can help get the ball rolling.
Being on student admin bodies definitely highlights to one the virtues of delegation. But as a researcher, especially one who is learning to be one, it is difficult to appreciate the very same virtues. This series of articles serves as a reminder that being a great manager is part of being a great researcher. And it doesn't matter if one is a budding researcher - there comes a point when one has to transition to being as good a manager. Since 2011 when I started as a graduate student, my role has definitely evolved, and I have come to realize the true value of our group's undergraduates...
Having pondered on why delegation works wonders, more on how to go about doing it the right way coming soon...
"The crisis, as Ellis and Silk tell it, is the wildly speculative nature of modern physics theories, which they say reflects a dangerous departure from the scientific method. Many of today’s theorists — chief among them the proponents of string theory and the multiverse hypothesis — appear convinced of their ideas on the grounds that they are beautiful or logically compelling, despite the impossibility of testing them. Ellis and Silk accused these theorists of “moving the goalposts” of science and blurring the line between physics and pseudoscience. “The imprimatur of science should be awarded only to a theory that is testable,” Ellis and Silk wrote..."