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Overcoming Perfectionism: Reality and Resilience in the Laboratory

From the 2021 Emerging Laboratory Managers Collaborative Conference (Recorded January 16, 2021)
Presented by Tywauna Wilson, MBA, MLS (ASCP)CM, Stephanie Whitehead, MBA, MPH, MT (ASCP) and Lona Gordon Small, MBA, PMP, CPBPM, MT(ASCP)

The work of laboratory professionals demands precision, unlike the functions of management that is expected to take some time and practice to be proficient in that discipline. Join a conversation with the co-hosts of the eLABorate Topics podcast Tywauna Wilson, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, Stephanie Whitehead, MBA, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM and Lona Gordon Small, MBA, PMP, CPBPM, MT(ASCP) as they discuss how laboratory professionals who move from the bench to management need to overcome their fear of failure and find the resilience to overcome inevitable mistakes. They will help attendees discover how they can build the confidence necessary to leave the comfort of the laboratory to engage with their colleagues in other health professions and have a wider impact on patients.  You will learn how to manage up and down when you become “one of them” and are effectively supervising your new team, including your former peers.


At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to
  1. Discuss the impact fear of failing can have on career progression.
  2. Identify ways to overcome fear of failure.
  3. Describe methods to manage up and down.

This recorded presentation is P.A.C.E. ® accredited. The instruction level for this activity is Intermediate. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area General/Admin will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.


This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.