Trust, Instinct, Common sense: Managing people & teams

Presented by Whether you are a researcher, run a small project or work in a conservation organisation you will have to at some point in your career lead a team of people or work in close partnership with a peer group or individuals. People and team management are usually learned through experience (often leading to costly mistakes) and through common sense. But it also helps to know about some of the common issues and problems that arise while working in teams and learn about some of the basic concepts of team dynamics and individual and organisational behaviour. Students will learn essential skills in managing people and teams and using this in their own work and projects. Based on feedback from last year, the workshop will also try and bring up issues relating to gender and dealing with supervisors.Main aims and goal:The aim of this workshop is to help students who are working in or leading teams (including volunteers, field assistants etc.) to learn about people and team management. We intend to introduce you to some concepts like Motivation: how do I keep my colleagues charged up and focused? Teamwork and group behaviour: what conditions are necessary for teams to work effectively? What should be my role as a team member or a leader? This will go beyond theory and we will use case studies (including the student’s own experiences) to interact, engage, debate and highlight the relevance of these concepts in real-life scenarios. Target audience:This workshop will be most useful for students and researchers who are either leading or likely to lead small teams of people in the course of their work. Workshops organisers:Gopakumar Menon and Vena Kapoor.