1. Thou shalt obey your chairperson, even when thou think he/she is unreasonable.
For he/she is your lord, who decides on your tenure.
2. Thou shalt join the departmental lunch-bunchers.
Eating your microwaved lunch while working in your office may save time, but you will be labeled as a "loner".
3. Thou shalt focus thy research on human diseases.
Working on a pig gene may be interesting to you, but a human gene that is related to a disease can get your project funded.
4. Thou shalt publish or perish.
For tenure decision, the number of publications is counted most.
5. Thou shalt observe the Sabbath.
Do not count on the 7th year, your tenure is decided at the end of your 6th year.
6. Thou shalt collaborate with friends in research.
You should find researchers who have the techniques you need for collaboration, rather than learning the technique yourself. Offer authorship in return. This will speed up your publications.
7. Thou shalt not be member of too many committees.
At the end, only the number of pubilications plays an important role on your tenure decision.
8. Thou shalt not be too friendly with your students and postdocs.
Granted, you may be 5 years older than your students and postdocs. You have to set your authority, or you will be stepped over.
9. Thou shalt not play favoritism to your subordinates.
This will create conflict among your subordinates. Stick to the rule that rewards students with good work.
10. Thou shalt not pressure your students for good results and scold them for bad ones.
This may force them to fabricate data or hide their failure.
Retired academic researcher. Mention of a specific product does not imply my endorsement of the product. No conflict of interest or guarantee to work on the advice given. Do as I say, not as I do. Not liable to the loss of your valuable samples.