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Soft Skills | Research Education

Soft Skills

Like many fields, research administration requires proficiency in several "soft skills" — such as interpersonal communication and time management, as well as more specific skills, like the ability to navigate regulations that are often vague and at times inconsistent with one another.


True leadership is exhibited in how we treat others, work collaboratively, support our institutional goals and grow as an individual. In this session, we discuss a number of key principles related to “open door” leadership, including: prioritization; personal transformation; personal discomfort; accountability; and team development.

This training describes the difference between a diminisher and multiplier to become a better leader and co-worker.

  • Audience: All
  • Delivery: Webinar


Do you ever find yourself extremely busy all the time, yet at the end of the day you feel that you have been completely unproductive? This session is for you. Being busy is frantic while being productive is focused. Being busy is fueled by perfectionism while being productive is fueled by purpose. Being busy is about being good at everything while being productive is about being great at a few important things.

This NCURA webinar addresses the history and theory of working smarter — using tools and processes available to anyone, at any level. You have the power to implement these types of changes, no matter where you fall in the chain of command.

Onboarding newly hired employees includes welcoming and successfully integrating them into your office. This webinar provides organizational socialization strategies and tips from three different perspectives to ensure new staff are set up for success and retention.

Publicizing Research

Research administrators spend a lot of time navigating the gray — interpreting vague regulations, accommodating non-standard situations and considering special requests for exceptions. This NCURA webinar discusses strategies for coping with the vagaries of the research administration profession.