Author: Dr. Dana

Stereotype threat: Let’s redefine ‘good enough for government work’

Have you ever received mediocre product and thought, “Well, it’s good enough for government work”? It’s a phrase that we’ve all heard at some point in our lives regardless of whether we have worked for the government.  When we hear the phrase, some of us laugh. Some of us cringe. Others of us acknowledge that it’s sometimes true.  But, for those of us who work for the government, it may be triggering a stereotype threat. Last week I was discussing with a colleague her masters thesis topic. And, in the course of our discussion on self-efficacy and ethnicity what immediately...

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Why not resolve to be a better version of yourself at work?

It’s a new year, with many people starting a new set of resolutions. It may be eating more healthy food or getting into shape. It might be quitting a bad habit. Whatever, the resolution – the intent is the same. You resolve to be a better version of yourself. But, how many of you have resolved to gain a better version of your career? In my experience, the average government employee does not often take time to review where they are in their career. Or, where they want to go in their career. But, if you are here reading...

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I am doing the best I can. And so are you. Combating your internal chaos.

I am doing the best I can. And, you are doing the best that you can. If you’re a high performer like me, you might be thinking: But I’m really not. I could be doing more, could be doing better, could be…could be…could be. Years ago, I was seeing a therapist. I don’t remember what was going on at the time but I vividly remember telling her the story of my morning. I’d driven into work and the whole 20 minute drive I had to fight myself to not turn back and go home. That I’d needed to get...

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Trying to keep your head above water? Here’s two strategies.

Over the next three weeks, my family will be undergoing significant changes. We will be doing the usual holiday stuff. Which includes visiting multiple family members in various states, gift buying, cooking, and ‘relaxing’. But, on top of that we are moving. And, if that weren’t enough, we aren’t just moving like normal people. We’re downsizing to living on a sailboat which means selling, donating, and storing a majority of our possessions. Oh, and I’m closing out the year at work so they can proceed without me for the 3 weeks of ‘vacation’ that I’m taking off. To say...

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Conducting an interview? No interview preparation is asking for a bad hire

You’re sitting in front of a candidate for an opening on your team. You’ve taken our advice about asking behavioral interview questions to assess whether this candidate will be one who may be more resilient in the face of chaos. However, you’re not sure you know what kinds of responses are the ones you should be looking for. In this article I’ll offer some guidance on interview preparation. And, more importantly, how to evaluate responses to interview questions when conducting an interview. Like many things we’re asked to do at work, there’s an inherent assumption that we already know...

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