While traditional scholarship has tended to emphasize thorough reading, reflection, and learning, many researchers nowadays – both in academia and industry – find themselves in a fast-paced and demanding environment. A successful research career crucially depends on management-related skills, and devoting some time to such skills is likely to pay off very quickly. One important example is time and task management, which is critical when there are numerous conflicting demands and opportunities. Another example is being able to cope with challenges and failure. Researchers also need to be creative and bold in defending their ideas. This talk provides an overview of these and other skills that are vital in modern research environments.