The Effective Ecologist - Pelagic Publishing

The Effective Ecologist

Succeed in the Office Environment

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    • Your book is having a profound impact on my professionalism and business attitude.
      —David Darrell-Lambert, Director, Bird Brain UK Limited
    • career advice
    • ecologist
    • ecology
    • office environment
    • professional development


    The Effective Ecologist covers the stuff that no-one told you about at university – how to develop your office-related and business skills to succeed in your career as a professional ecologist.

    This book shows you how to be more effective in your role, providing you with the skills and effective behaviours within the workplace that will enable your development as an ecologist.

    It explains what it means to be effective in the workplace and describes positive behaviours and how they can be adopted. It contains the skills needed for effective communication, organising projects, advice on planning, reporting and meetings and provides you with everything you need for a brilliant and successful career.

    In a clearly written and honest account full of real life examples, the author leaves no stone unturned as he describes how making small changes in your behaviour can have a positive impact upon your performance and how you are perceived in your working environment.

    Essential reading for anyone commencing or already pursuing a career in ecology who wants to perform at the highest level. In addition this work will be of great interest to team managers, business leaders and those responsible for the development of staff as a point of reference and guidance for their team.


    Ecologists, team managers, those responsible for staff development

    Table of Contents

    1. Being effective
    2. What’s the job?
    3. Positive behaviours
    4. Communication skills
    5. Organisational skills
    6. Meetings, meetings, more meetings
    7. Project management
    8. Reporting
    Appendix 1 Feedback: get rich quick
    Appendix 2 Effective allocation of tasks
    Appendix 3 Effective brainstorming


    • It all comes together to make what should be a standard text for budding (as well as those in full leaf) ecologists. —Reuben Singleton, Director, Tweed Ecology Ltd
    • I was most impressed by the emphasis on inter-personal relationships and communication between people as being essential for success. Much of this is extremely straightforward and often neglected. Perhaps the natural human skills of communication have been allowed to fall out of use when technology replaces face to face contact, extremely important when dealing with clients who are unfamiliar with modern ecological jargon. Mr Middleton with great humour indicates that modern etiquette, common sense and pre-planning will avoid pitfalls and counter-productive attitudes and actions. —Philip Jackson, BTO News

    About the Author

    With over 35 years' experience, Neil Middleton has worked successfully within the Services, Financial and Ecological Sectors gaining first-hand experience of performing, at a high level, a variety of leadership, managerial, technical, customer service, people development, consultancy, marketing and financial roles. He is the owner of BatAbility Courses & Tuition, which delivers bat-related skills development throughout the UK and beyond. 

    Neil is also an accomplished trainer across a wide range of business and ecology related subjects, having developed and delivered well over 200 training events to date. He has a constant appetite for self-development, not only for himself, but for those around him. This drive is the inspiration behind this book, within which he shares his experiences, thoughts and ideas as to how best you can perform successfully in your role.

    Neil is the author of Is That a Bat? A Guide to Non-Bat Sounds Encountered During Bat Surveys and co-author of Social Calls of the Bats of Britain and Ireland, both published by Pelagic.

    Bibliographic Information

    • 222 pages
    • 8 b/w illustrations, 30 figures
    • 23 tables
    • BISAC BUS012000, SCI020000, NAT011000