Author: Dr. Dana

Want an internal promotion? Two things you didn’t consider…

Most of us assume that with hard work and the right connections that we will be promoted. This is only partly true. There’s at least two other variables that are less frequently considered when you’re going up for an internal promotion. First, is whether you are available to take a new role. A second variable is the impact on the project if your current position becomes empty. The next time you’re considering competing for an internal hire ask yourself: When is my more significant project(s) going to be complete? Is there someone who could step in for me if...

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Thank-you notes: Gratitude and career impact

Three outstanding moments in my career solidified my regular use of Thank-you notes to show gratitude. I have also found, that Thank-you notes can also have a small but significant impact on one’s career. I’ll share with you these three experiences with the hope of convincing that Thank-you notes are not a lost art. Gratitude I was finishing up a year-long leadership program that I’d developed and managed. To say it was a long year that tested my resilience is an understatement. While it was a valuable experience for all involved, the students pushed every limit they could. Exhausted...

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Bring me a rock: How to ask questions to avoid rework

Imagine you are in a field full of rocks. Your boss says to you, “Bring me a rock”. You dutifully select a rock and present it to your boss. Your boss says, “This isn’t the rock I want. It should be bigger”. Undeterred, you go find a larger rock and return it to your boss. A somewhat annoyed boss replies, “This isn’t right either! It’s too flat!” A bit annoyed yourself, you respond “Well, what kind of rock do you want?” The boss replies, “I’ll know it when I see it”. One lesson from this story is to ask...

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Exciting news at Fedability: GovLoop featured blogger!

Recently I received the news that I was selected to be a GovLoop featured blogger. It is an exciting opportunity to blog with others that are as excited about our government as I am! As one of 16 featured bloggers, my focus as a GovLoop featured blogger will largely be on┬áimproving how we develop government employees.┬áIt’s a little different of a perspective than what I take here so I encourage you to check out my posts. Just like here, I have a new article every Monday. Quick links to my GovLoop featured blogger posts: 3 strategies to engage new...

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