• It's a Game, Not a Formula

    How to Succeed as a Scientist Working in the Private Sector

    It's a Game, not a Formula by David M Giltner


    If you want to be successful, you need to understand the game


    Scientists tend to look for the 'right way' to do things. We are used to chasing after formulas and theories that describe the behavior of the universe, and this expectation that there is a 'right answer' tends to permeate much of what we do.


    But the world outside the controlled environment of the science lab doesn't work that way. The most successful scientists who enter the private sector approach their work as if it were a game, with rules that need to be followed but with no clear 'right way' to do things. They take risks, make decisions quickly, and don't overthink things.


    This book is a career advice manual that presents valuable insights from experienced and successful industry PhD scientists who have shared their valuable stories to help you succeed in the private sector and build that rewarding career you are seeking.

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    Praise for It's a Game, not a Formula:


    “I read this book right before I started a new position in the private sector, and it has been really helpful for me to see the challenges from new perspective. I couldn’t enjoy this new environment if I wouldn’t have read this book.” - Banafshe Zakeri, PhD, Scientific Associate, HySON Research Institute


    “Exceptionally well done. I wish I would have had this when I was just getting out of grad school. Also, highly recommended reading for anyone Director-level, C-suite, managerial, or entrepreneurial that has PhD scientists on their teams.” - Kent Lindquist, PhD, MBA, CTO Boulder Real Time Technologies


  • Can you be successful in the private sector?


    It's a Game, not a Formula by David M Giltner

    We hear a lot about the 'transferrable skills' that will make you employable in industry. And these are very important.


    But no one tells you that what matters most is that you have the right working habits! Habits such as these:

    • Help the company make money
    • Figure out what matters and what doesn't
    • Be effective, not smart!
    • Decide quickly with limited data
    • Persuade others to follow you

    Learn more about these habits from TurningScience.

  • Here's what you will find inside:

    • Chapter 1: Introduction
      • What is the private-sector game?
    • Chapter 2: The Rules of the private-sector game
      • How is working in industry different than academia?
    • Chapter 3: PhD Stereotypes
      • The challenges for PhDs in industry
      • The PhD stereotypes in industry
    • Chapter 4: The private-sector playbook
      • Critical habits for success in the private sector
    • Chapter 5: The R&D mindsets
      • How does the versatile and influential scientist think and act?
    • Chapter 6: Startups – The ultimate game!
      • Stories from successful scientist-entrepreneurs to guide you
    • Chapter 7: Your career is a game
      • 5 pro-tips for designing your own awesome career
    • Interviewee bios