Is your lab really ready for outreach? The truth is, laboratorians never feel fully prepared. Embarking on a program means accepting a certain level of risk, being flexible enough to learn as you go, and skillfully adjusting your game plan as circumstances warrant.
But in some cases, challenges within the lab dictate a more prudent course. It may be better to stay out of outreach for the moment and work to overcome those challenges before putting a program in place.
To help you determine if your lab is ready, our lab leaders have highlighted three of the top warning signs that outreach may not be the right course yet. Assess your lab’s current situation against this quick, creative visualization.
If you see any of these warning signs, look to the LabLeaders resources we recommend at the end of this article to help you begin addressing them.