Author: Dr. Dana

Job shadowing: The 3 questions you need to answer

Over the past few weeks, I’ve talked about how face-to-face training is not effective if you’re looking to develop hands-on-experience. One of the easiest (and least used) methods for professional development is job shadowing. Done well, it will be the most effective, lowest time commitment development activity you can use. And, to get the most of your job shadow you’ll want to first think about the: Why, Who, When Now, before you click away because ‘job shadowing’ isn’t real training, hear me out for a couple paragraphs! For the most part, when you think of job shadowing you probably...

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Career crisis: Do you have grade snobbery or grade jealousy?

For me, a career crisis normally happens each Sunday evening, just as the sun is starting to set, and the gap between my hopes for myself and the reality of my life starts to diverge so painfully that I normally end up weeping into a pillow. – Alain de Botton While I suspect that the gap between your current grade, the grade of others, or the grade you desire does not leave you in tears each Sunday night, I suspect it’s something that crosses your mind time to time. You see, in government, it is not unusual to reference someone’s grade as an...

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Temporary reassignments: Detail benefits to you, us, and them

Temporary reassignments are known to most government employees as details. For the most part, details are seen as an opportunity to meet workforce needs of the agency and a developmental opportunity for employees for hands-on work experience. Unofficially, details are also seen as a way to manage poor performers out of an organization. It’s that third intent that most government employees think of when they hear of someone being detailed. And it is for that reason, that many employees do not see details as a positive developmental opportunity. So, in this post, I cover the broad benefits of a...

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Debunking 4 excuses managers give for sending you to training

In a series of classes I taught about how to develop employees, the managers came up with a plan for how they would develop their high, solid, and low performing employees. With the exception of the low performers, the list of development approaches seldom included training. The managers were apologetic for this outcome. As both the instructor and a talent development manager, the students reassured me that training was important too. What they didn’t realize was that the lists they came up with to develop their employees was exactly what I intended. I wanted them to come to the...

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Coping mechanisms: What Freud didn’t know about bitterness

Over the last few weeks we have been discussing the idea of bitterness at work. In the last post, we identified the need for effective coping mechanisms for handling anger or bitterness. So in this post we will explore some constructive coping mechanisms that you can use when you find yourself angry or combating that smoldering resentment we sometimes call: bitterness. Anger – is it really all that bad? Anger is one of the core emotions that all humans experience. And, in general, it is a valuable emotion because it brings to the surface when there’s something not ‘right’....

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