Even if you're dealing with the world's biggest jerk, he's likely to be the jerkin charge.
The single most important evidence of productive research in industry is the development of research applications that can return value on shareholders' investments.
The trick is to meet conflict head on with the goal of managing it, not winning.
"It might be okay to take a shortcut if you're trying to decide which peanut butter to buy, but in the area of career decisions, shortcuts are dangerous." –J. Edward Russo
"Our best people foster a killer instinct."
I can't help wondering why, if only 15% to 20% of grad students and postdocs go on to academic careers, do we describe the career choices of the other 80% as "alternative"?
If they can't influence others positively, they will be relegated to running assays for the next 10 years.
My attitude is that if you are stuck, you should do anything you can to get unstuck as long as it's not illegal, unethical, or obviously foolish.
If you're entrenched in something that isn't your lifelong passion--see below--you've got to get off those rails and find some way to get back on the right track.
Very few of the factors that will make you successful are out of your hands.
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