The #1 key to academic success

Mentoring light morgan-sessions-6255In speaking with lots of academics over the years about how they’ve achieved success in their fields, I’ve heard a remarkably similar theme repeated many times.

And it seems this recommendation for success is not unique to the academic world; apparently 70% of business owners who do this one thing will survive in business twice as long as those who don’t. In fact, highly successful business people including Sheryl Sandberg, Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson all credit this one thing as being essential for “making it” in business, and in life generally. People who do it report greater job satisfaction, higher salaries and more likelihood of promotion.

What is the number one thing to which many successful academics and business people attribute their success?

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Why the Happy Academic?

desk-sun-problems75nbwhfdsny-bethany-leggEarly and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) have lots of problems, like these and these. And for a range of reasons, many are not getting the support they need to help them.

People with the power to help address this must do so, or we risk losing the talent of the next generation of researchers.

Recently I took on a new role in my Institute as Head of EMCR Development. As part of that role, I am creating a career development package of resources to help EMCRs navigate early academic life. And that inspired me to start this blog. Continue reading