Practicing What I Preach

I’m three weeks into having a summer intern and things aren’t going perfectly. “I’m so sorry.  I was up at 6 AM worried because I didn’t get it done.” The first week I was all chill and encouraging–inside and out.  “No worries, we are figuring things out,” I said. “Oh, I forgot you needed it

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How to Create Psychological Safety for New Employees

Being the newest person on the team is hard. The new person rarely knows where or how they fit in. Department and company lingo doesn’t make sense. Systems, processes, people’s names, who to talk to about what, and who not to talk to has to be learned. It’s a lot to navigate all while trying

Humiliation Equals Censorship

“Hello. My name is Jeannette. How are you today?” I tried to say it Spanish. My college professor said this in English, “How about you try to pronounce it correctly this time?” My response was equally snarky … “How about you teach me to say it correctly and I will!” This brief interaction over 20

My Boss Taught Me a Lesson

I thought I was going to get fired.  It was my first semester as college faculty, and my boss was evaluating my teaching in action.  I was already nervous and seeing my boss in the back of the classroom with pen and paper in hand didn’t help my anxiety.  Then a student raised her hand