If you learn how to cope with contrary colleagues early in your career, particularly in the competitive atmosphere of a lab, you will develop valuable coping and people-management skills that will serve you time and again, wherever your career path takes you.
These techniques can help you identify important contributors--and potential collaborators--whom you and others may have overlooked. That's a very good thing for science, and it's good for your career.
"At this stage, most of these students are … managed rather than to manage themselves. But at some point that changes. Students ... become group leaders or professors, and then they are still missing the necessary tools to guide and lead one or even several groups and projects." --Henner Willnow (pictured above), project manager of TRAYSS PRIME
"Eduardo Moreno made it through the first selection because of his strong past record and made it through the last round thanks to the innovative, yet highly relevant, nature of his grant," writes ERC jury panel chair Susan Gasser.
"The tipping point is when scientists' commitments to industry-funded research compromise their ability to do what their university appointments require: promote the public good through training students and pursuing research on important issues."