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New to Educational Advancement
Good Question I am new to advancement, having previously worked in an industry outside the education sector. Does CASE have any resources that will give me an overview of advancement and higher education?

Take Initiative, but Don’t Become the Office Doormat
Advancement Weekly Article It's great to be the colleague your peers count on to be super prepared and responsible, but take that too far and you'll find yourself doing everybody's work for them, plus your own.

Boss Being Unfair? Too Much Work May Be the Culprit
Advancement Weekly Article Study after study shows that treating employees fairly pays big dividends-in performance, commitment to the workplace and collegial office relations.

Managing Workplace Drama
Advancement Weekly Article Avoiding drama in our work can make a situation worse, according to one author.

4 Ways to Become a More Productive Learner
Advancement Weekly Article If it feels like you’re being asked to process ever more information but find yourself retaining less and less of it, you’re not wrong.

Be a Better Brainstormer
Advancement Weekly Article Brainstorming seems straightforward, but it’s actually tough to do well. Here’s how to lead more effective brainstorming sessions.

Maximize Your Meetings
Advancement Weekly Article Try these three strategies to adjust meetings for maximum effectiveness and cut down on stress and frustration.

Avoid These Four Types of Apologies
Advancement Weekly Article Recognize when you are wrong and don’t compound mistakes by flubbing an apology.

Elevate Your Team's Hard Work
Advancement Weekly Article If you make the effort to promote your team’s work, you’ll receive well-deserved recognition.

To Innovate, Swap Out These 4 Leadership Mantras
Advancement Weekly Article Want to foster innovation at your organization? Start with the way you lead: new ideas can’t arise from old patterns.

Don’t Regret Those Bad Decisions
Advancement Weekly Article Follow these five tips to manage decision-making doubts.

The Brainstorming Trap
Advancement Weekly Article If you want to get the most out of brainstorming, make sure you’re aware of the limits of the process.

Identify Your Team Members’ Superpowers
Advancement Weekly Article Career and leadership gurus preach the value of playing to our strengths. But that’s easier said than done given that we often undervalue what we do well, according to one executive coach.

Avoid These 5 Speaking Sins
Advancement Weekly Article Drop bad vocal habits and become a better speaker, advises one speech expert.

Stop Procrastinating
Advancement Weekly Article Follow these seven tactics to keep yourself working and avoid procrastination.

Break the Rules and Be a Better Leader
Advancement Weekly Article Good leaders should be rebellious in their workplace, according to one behavioral scientist.

Manage Your Micromanager
Advancement Weekly Article If your manager is overly involved in your day-to-day work, her presence might be hurting your productivity.

Need to Apologize? Here’s How
Advancement Weekly Article Apologies can go from good to bad in the blink of an eye.

Trade These Clichés for Credibility
Advancement Weekly Article As a manager, all eyes are on you. Be direct and careful with your words.

Make Presentation Magic with these Tips
Advancement Weekly Article When you’re giving a presentation, you have one mission: to captivate your audience.

You Can Use This Word, But…
Advancement Weekly Article Removing this one word from your vocabulary can make work interactions more positive, writes one communications expert.

How to Work Smarter Without Working All Night
Advancement Weekly Article If you find yourself attached to your work after hours with the expectation you'll reach success faster, it might be time for a reality check.

Build Stronger Ties with Your Team: 5 Key Mantras
Advancement Weekly Article A positive culture matters in the workplace—so why do so many teams still struggle to build positive, collegial environments?

It’s OK to Be Addicted to Your Work
Advancement Weekly Article With careful management, the positive aspects of being a “workaholic” can outweigh the negatives.

Tough-Love Advice for Success
Advancement Weekly Article There are some habits you have to break if you want to succeed at work.

Don’t Let Change Take You by Surprise
Advancement Weekly Article Organizational change can throw leaders and their team off their game.

Embrace Minimalism
Advancement Weekly Article Accept the mantra, “less is more,” and bring focus to your professional life.

Lead a New Team Successfully
Advancement Weekly Article Managing a new team is daunting, but leaders should view it as an opportunity to sharpen their interpersonal skills.

Succeed When Understaffed
Advancement Weekly Article A clear leadership strategy is key to handling staffing shortages.

A Good Leader Listens
Advancement Weekly Article It can be hard work, but successful leaders need to listen, writes one expert.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Advancement Weekly Article You can learn a lot about yourself when you welcome uncertainty with open arms.

Great Leaders Take the Heat
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders can inspire their team to do great work by doing this.

If You’re Busy, Say No
Advancement Weekly Article You can still be a team player, even when you have to say no.

Success Requires Trust
Advancement Weekly Article As a leader, your most important responsibility is building trust.

Start With Kindness
Advancement Weekly Article To be a better leader, focus on being a better person.

Lead a Diverse Team
Advancement Weekly Article Today's workplace is more diverse than ever, requiring managers to develop new skill sets to be successful leaders.

Take Responsibility When You Misstep
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders make apologies, not excuses.

Sharpen Your Decision Making
Advancement Weekly Article Making big decisions doesn’t have to be challenging.

Maximize Innovation at Work
Advancement Weekly Article If creativity in the workplace seems hard to find, try shifting your perspective.

Failure Is a Part of Success
Advancement Weekly Article Recovering from failure can be difficult, but you don't have to do it alone.

The Best Leaders Are Humble
Advancement Weekly Article Humility is an essential characteristic in successful leaders.

Set Your Sights High
Advancement Weekly Article A visionary outlook can help leaders find success.

Managing vs. Leading
Advancement Weekly Article Are you managing your team or leading them?

Lead with Confidence
Advancement Weekly Article The key to getting your point across clearly is confidence.

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
Advancement Weekly Article The ability to understand emotions is an essential component of quality leadership.

A Lesson in Office Ergonomics
Advancement Weekly Article Some simple adjustments to your posture can make a long day seated at your desk more comfortable, according to one author.

The Power of Praise
Advancement Weekly Article In the workplace, a little recognition goes a long way, writes one CEO.

Motivation in 10 Seconds
Advancement Weekly Article The key to beating procrastination is strategy.

The Key to Effective Management
Advancement Weekly Article To lead your team effectively, ask yourself one important question.

Enhance Your Leadership Skills
Advancement Weekly Article It’s not uncommon for leaders to find themselves stuck in a rut from time to time.

Give the Gift of Time
Advancement Weekly Article Are you giving your employees what they really want?

Sharpen Your Focus
Advancement Weekly Article In the digital age of information surplus, leaders are more overwhelmed than ever, writes one expert.

Lead With Heart
Advancement Weekly Article The best leaders aren’t afraid to be genuine and vulnerable.

The Source of Workplace Conflicts
Advancement Weekly Article Conflict can have an intense impact on the workplace environment, so it’s in your team’s best interest to address it head on, according to one expert.

Leaders Should Listen and Learn
Advancement Weekly Article If you want to improve your leadership skills, you must accept constructive criticism, according to one expert.

Lead With Trust
Advancement Weekly Article Are you looking to improve your leadership skills? Focus on relationships, says one business expert.

Motivation: Making Things Happen
Advancement Weekly Article How are you motivating your employees? According to one expert, the key to sparking team productivity is having an energetic leader.

Set Boundaries in the Workplace
Advancement Weekly Article Are your coworkers affecting your productivity? The solution is in your hands, suggests one workplace expert.

5 Ways You May Be Hurting Your Team
Advancement Weekly Article In times of pressure, it can be difficult to keep your stress from affecting your employees.

Solve Conflict the Right Way
Advancement Weekly Article Conflict in the workplace may be stressful, but it is necessary for growth and progress, writes one workplace expert.

Mistakes: Proof that You Are Trying
Advancement Weekly Article The obsession with perfection leaves little room for improvement, according to one expert.

Embrace Feedback
Advancement Weekly Article Criticism can be tough to hear, but it’s vital to your professional development, according to one career expert.

Strategy Is Only as Strong as Its Implementation
Advancement Weekly Article It is one thing to create a strong business strategy, and another to successfully execute it, according to one CEO.

Working Hard or Hardly Working?
Advancement Weekly Article Dealing with an unproductive coworker is irritating, especially if you’re the one picking up the slack.

Too Much of a Good Thing
Advancement Weekly Article Overusing your strengths can undermine your leadership efforts, writes one executive coach.

Turn Uncertainty into Proactivity
Advancement Weekly Article Growth is the cornerstone of success, and embracing the ever-changing nature of your industry can give your organization a leg up on competition, according to one CEO.

Perfection: The Enemy of Good
Advancement Weekly Article Is perfectionism simply lofty ambition or is it self-destructive behavior?

Don’t Take It Personally
Advancement Weekly Article When you assume you’re to blame for someone’s behavior, you create unnecessary conflict in the workplace, according to one career expert.

Rethink the Performance Review
Advancement Weekly Article It’s time to switch from a one-time, end-of-year performance review to more frequent check-in conversations, according to leadership experts.

Avoid Office Drama
Advancement Weekly Article No office is immune from gossip and drama, but that doesn't mean you have to participate in it.

Be Productive
Advancement Weekly Article Are you having trouble managing your time? Don't work more—work smarter, suggests one career coach.

Leading Your Leader
Advancement Weekly Article It's tempting to complain about a bad boss, but you have more power to offer constructive criticism than you think, suggests one leadership expert.

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: James Reeves
James is a CASE Europe Graduate Trainee at the Natural History Museum, UK

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Sophie Altham
Sophie is a Graduate Trainee at King's College London, UK

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Emily Pratt
Emily is a CASE Europe Graduate Trainee at Imperial College London, UK

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Margot Sprague-Davies
Margot is a CASE Europe Graduate Trainee at the University of Oxford, UK

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Alex Parker
Alex is a CASE Europe Graduate Trainee at Cardiff University, UK

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Bronwyn Mauchline
Bronwyn is a CASE Europe Graduate Trainee at the University of Reading, UK

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Freya Pryde
Freya is a CASE Europe Graduate Trainee at King's College London, UK

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Elisabeth Payne
Elisabeth is a CASE Europe Graduate Trainee at the University of Surrey, UK.

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Krystle Millward
Krystle is a CASE Europe Graduate Trainee at University College London, UK

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Lesley Dugan
Lesley is a CASE Europe Graduate Trainee at Dublin City University, Ireland.

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Abigail Kemp
Abigail Kemp is a CASE Europe Graduate Trainee at University of Bristol, UK.

CASE Europe Graduate Trainee: Bethany Morrissey
Bethany is a CASE Europe Graduate Trainee at Cardiff University, UK

Don’t Let Your Email Stress You Out
Advancement Weekly Article It's time to embrace emails as an essential part of our work communication, according to one workplace expert.

How to Talk to a Stressed-out Coworker
Advancement Weekly Article When deadlines loom and the office is tense, you may find that coworkers respond to the simplest requests with frustration and frenzy. Here’s some advice for communicating when your office colleagues are stressed.

What Happens When Employees Resist Feedback
Advancement Weekly Article Help your employees better accept feedback by disarming the situation, writes one leadership expert.

5 Easy Ways to Success
Advancement Weekly Article Everyone wants to be successful, and getting there is easier than you think, according to one business expert.

Before You Say Yes, Ask Yourself These Questions
Advancement Weekly Article New opportunities can be exciting—but should you always agree to take on that new project or promotion? Before you do, you should ask yourself a few questions, writes one workplace expert.

6 Ways to De-stress at Work
Advancement Weekly Article Stress at work is normal, but too much of it can lead to burnout. That's why it's important to learn these easy ways to beat back stress, writes one business author.

Why Sometimes You Need to Fail
Advancement Weekly Article The key to being your most productive self is to fail at some tasks, according to one best-selling author.

Save Yourself Time with Just One Question
Advancement Weekly Article Do you constantly receive emails asking if you have time to hop on a call or meet? Manage those requests by asking first what the person needs from you.

Sleep Better, Not More
Advancement Weekly Article Most of us don’t get as much sleep as we should, but at least we can make sure we’re sleeping well, writes one entrepreneur.

End Delegation Hesitation
Advancement Weekly Article When determining which tasks to delegate, you should look at six characteristics in particular, says one career and business strategist.

5 Tricks to Manage Your Perfectionism
Advancement Weekly Article We can all agree that it’s important to strive to do your best work, but sometimes a desire to do a good job can morph into excessive perfectionism.

You Should Probably Stop Saying “To Be Honest”
Advancement Weekly Article “To be honest” is a classic phrase, but you’re probably using it more than you should, says one communications expert.

4 Ways to Be a Leader at Work
Advancement Weekly Article No matter what your title, you should put in the effort to hone your leadership skills, says one career expert.

When to Actually Send Your Emails
Advancement Weekly Article There’s one specific time of day when people are most likely to read your emails, according to research.

Learning Charisma
Advancement Weekly Article While you might think charisma is something you’re born with—or without—research shows that it’s actually a learnable skill.

Tell Someone No Without Saying It
Advancement Weekly Article Saying “yes” all the time can stretch you thin, hurt your productivity and even give you a reputation as a doormat.

4 Times You Shouldn’t Apologize
Advancement Weekly Article Apologizing more than you need to erodes other people's confidence in you, says one communications expert.

Become a Well-Rounded Leader
Advancement Weekly Article To become a good leader, your work goals should include building a complementary set of strengths, according to one CEO.

The 5 Best Ways to Form Positive Habits
Advancement Weekly Article It's an unfortunate truth that falling into bad habits can be easy, but forming good ones is hard.

Surviving Setbacks
Advancement Weekly Article Learn how to recover from workplace challenges with tips from the staff of one leading investment company.

What Makes A Good Team?
Advancement Weekly Article Kindness, not intelligence, is the most important ingredient for a work group's success, according to one study.

Fear Should Inform, Not Define, Your Decision-Making
Advancement Weekly Article Tired of goal-setting? Try "fear-setting," says one reporter in an article for Business Insider.

Don't Bring Your Work Home
Advancement Weekly Article In today's hyper-connected world, it can be hard to truly unplug. Here’s how to do it, according to one work expert.

The Art of the Stay Interview
Advancement Weekly Article Stay interviews are the new exit interviews, according to one leadership expert.

Success Requires Innovation and Stability
Advancement Weekly Article The general public wants trusted, ethical and accountable leaders, but this doesn’t mean leaders shouldn’t take risks, writes one leadership expert.

Is Your Brain Overloaded?
Advancement Weekly Article Every work day is full of emails, meetings and constantly keeping up with news and projects. This can be overwhelming, but there are ways to manage your busy day, according to one business executive.

Nurture Your Network
Advancement Weekly Article Meeting someone new is just the first step when it comes to making effective connections.

How to Write an Email When You’re Angry
Advancement Weekly Article Learn how to write more level-headed emails when you’re angry, advises one author.

Talking Shop: The Upside of Chaos
CURRENTS Article Joan Garry, principal of Joan Garry Consulting, believes the best nonprofits are like twin-engine jets. In advancement, the board chair and institution president are co-pilots. The staff and lead volunteer engines need to be strong, effective, and efficient. But, of course, there will always be turbulence. "If you haven't had a crisis at an institution, it's not because you're good—it's because you're lucky," she warns. The author of Joan Garry's Guide to Nonprofit Leadership, Garry shares advice on dealing with disorder.

Are You an Advancement VP of a Different Stripe?
CURRENTS Article Even if alumni relations professionals are leaders in their field, they often hit roadblocks on the path to the advancement vice presidency. Despite these candidates’ qualifications, search committees rarely gamble on someone lacking fundraising experience. Learn how exceptional leaders in alumni relations can prove their philanthropic prowess and become executive leaders of an advancement team.

Prove Your Creative Worth
Advancement Weekly Article Eighty-two percent of leaders believe there is a strong connection between creativity and business results, according to a study by Adobe and Forrester Consulting.

How to Criticize Effectively
Advancement Weekly Article Although sharing opinions and criticism can be tricky, the ability to give relevant feedback is vital in the workplace, according to one communications expert.

Are You Limiting Your Potential?
Advancement Weekly Article Sometimes we face tasks that we feel are too complicated or out of our reach to solve, but this is the wrong way to think, according to one business expert.

How to Build Connections and Keep Conversations Going
Advancement Weekly Article Starting conversations and keeping them going can be difficult, but fortunately, there are simple ways you can make it easier.

Why Generosity is the Key to Success
Advancement Weekly Article There are ways to find fulfillment at work, even on the days you feel like quitting.

You’re Overstressed
Advancement Weekly Article Do you have trouble focusing? Are you skipping happy hour and avoiding social events? Losing sleep? You may be overstressed.

Learn to Love Your Job
Advancement Weekly Article There are ways to find fulfillment at work, even on the days you feel like quitting.

Leadership in Development
Conference Join your peers to explore best practice in management designed for development professionals with management responsibilities. Get a better understanding of your competencies as a leader and manager, hone mission-critical skills and gain new strategies that will work in your advancement shop.

How Do You Problem Solve?
Advancement Weekly Article Having trouble solving a problem at work? It may not be yours to solve, writes one leadership expert.

Own Your Authority
Advancement Weekly Article How can you take or gain authority if you don’t have it already? Whether you’re a leader or an aspiring one, these subtle tips can help you exude the authority you need to lead.

Education Leaders Share their Journeys
Advancement Weekly Article A panel of presidents shared insights about their career paths at the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada’s annual conference.

Keep Talking to Yourself
Advancement Weekly Article Listen to the voices in your head—seriously—what do you hear?

Why Being Grumpy at Work is Good for You
Advancement Weekly Article Research shows that being grumpy at work may increase your productivity.

Ways to Reach Greatness
Advancement Weekly Article Your self-doubt could keep you from achieving greatness, according to one leadership expert.

Phrases that Pump Up Your Team
Advancement Weekly Article There are six easy phrases that leaders can use to improve their employees’ performance, writes one leadership expert.

The Power of Being a Vulnerable Leader
Advancement Weekly Article Vulnerability is an effective though often overlooked tool that leaders can use to make connections with and motivate employees, according to one leadership expert.

Why Waking Up at 5 A.M. Every Day Just Makes Sense
Advancement Weekly Article Waking up early builds discipline, helps increase productivity and allows for personal time to develop a perspective on the coming day, according to one tech entrepreneur.

Are You Really Showing Appreciation?
Advancement Weekly Article Sometimes, saying “thank you” just isn’t enough, writes one workplace expert.

When to Trust Your Instinct (And When Not To)
Advancement Weekly Article Most leaders don't know when to trust or ignore their gut instinct when making decisions, according to one leadership expert.

Why Leaders Should Ask More Questions
Advancement Weekly Article Are you the leader with all the answers or the leader who asks your team lots of questions?

Is the Era of the Strong-Willed Manager Over?
Advancement Weekly Article There is a fine line between being confident and arrogant, according to one leadership expert.

The Problem with an Open-Door Policy
Advancement Weekly Article The phrase "My door is always open" can sound more like "Come meet me on my turf." Here are better ways leaders can demonstrate their accessibility.

The 4 Skills Every Communications Pro Needs
Advancement Weekly Article What's the best strategy to promote innovation and stay on track with existing goals? Get back to the basics, writes one expert.

Leadership Advice from a Seasoned Pro
Advancement Weekly Article Mike Ettling has a pretty simple recipe for success: focus.

Keeping Your Leadership Beat Steady
Advancement Weekly Article Good leaders know that success comes not only from talent, but from finding joy in a lifetime of practice.

Are You In Charge of Your Day?
Advancement Weekly Article You're about to leave work when you see the piles of paper and other unfinished business scattered about your desk and wonder, "What happened to my day?"

The Caring Leader
Advancement Weekly Article Are you known as a tough-as-nails leader? It might be time to introduce a more caring attitude into your repertoire.

Leading in an Elite Organization
Advancement Weekly Article Being a leader in a high-status organization comes with many benefits. But wise leaders understand the trade-offs that accompany the benefits and learn how to negotiate the high-stress culture of an elite organization.

Keep Your Leadership in Tune with this Advice
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders who assume their employees work in harmony shouldn’t be surprised when they fall out of sync, writes one leadership expert.

6 Short Phrases Good Leaders Say
Advancement Weekly Article Demonstrate strong leadership with these few simple sentences.

Voices
CURRENTS Article Advice on how to respond to inappropriate comments from donors; and tricks to digitally unplug.

Agree to Disagree
Advancement Weekly Article Good employers can find value in disagreement and unpredictability.

The Pros and Cons of Pro/Con Lists
Advancement Weekly Article Need to make a tough decision? You might want to consider making a list of pros and cons—or maybe not.

4 Books that Can Change Your Leadership
Advancement Weekly Article Your next leadership epiphany could come from the pages of an unsuspecting book..

Personality Wins Out Over Smarts
Advancement Weekly Article Sometimes being smart isn’t the only way to succeed, according to one workplace expert.

A Little Humiliation Can Go a Long Way
Advancement Weekly Article People who learn from being humiliated become better leaders, according to one leadership expert.

Tips on Controlling Emotions During Tense Moments
Advancement Weekly Article Being able to control one’s emotions—anger, embarrassment, anxiety, fear—can be a powerful tool personally or professionally.

Leadership Based on Serving Others
Advancement Weekly Article To many, the ideas of servanthood and leadership are generally reciprocal. But according to one leadership expert combining the two could revolutionize your organization.

Leading Requires Learning
Advancement Weekly Article Every leadership challenge presents a valuable opportunity to learn, writes one leadership expert.

Life Advice for Getting Promoted
Advancement Weekly Article “Dress for success” isn’t just a cliché. According to one career expert, your appearance could lead to promotions---or hold you back.

Bounce Back After a Rough Work Week
Advancement Weekly Article Everyone has days when everything seems to go wrong. But instead of giving up and trudging through, you should make an effort to come out of your bad luck in a better place, writes one life coach.

Go Ahead and Fail
Advancement Weekly Article Giving yourself permission to fail when you try something new could be one of the smartest moves you can make, according to one life coach.

Behind Every Strong Leader is a Strong Community
Advancement Weekly Article Big goals are not usually achieved by lone wolves. Leaders need communities of support to succeed, according to one leadership expert.

How to Maximize Communication When Leading Remotely
Advancement Weekly Article Being an effective leader requires good communication skills. This is especially true when leading remotely, writes one communication expert.

4 Conversations Every Leader Needs to Have
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders have more impact on their workplace environment than they may realize, according to one management expert.

Book [Club] Report—An Alumna’s View
CURRENTS Article CASE Online Communications Specialist Meredith Barnett has participated in her alma mater’s alumni-student book club for the past two years, leading discussions with incoming freshmen about the reading selections and talking with them about her own time as a student. Here’s her perspective on how books can spark connections.

Beware of Gifts That Eat
CURRENTS Article I can hardly believe that this year marks my 30th anniversary in the field of fundraising. Ever since I fell into a development job right out of college with my newly minted journalism degree, fundraising is pretty much the only thing I’ve done. When I haven’t been securing philanthropic gifts at work, I’ve been called into service at my church, the kids’ schools, and countless other worthwhile charitable endeavors. I guess I’m a one-trick pony in that regard. And I’ve loved every minute of it. Fundraising can also at times be heartbreaking, exasperating, counterintuitive, and consuming, but above all it’s gratifying. Between you and me, here’s some frank insight on less-discussed aspects of the profession.

Family Matters
CURRENTS Article For busy advancement officers, the line between their professional and personal lives blurs easily and often. Alumni relations staff frequently work evenings and weekends; development officers can travel several times a month to visit donors; social media directors monitor, respond, and post content 24/7. In a recent work-life balance survey, 68 percent of advancement professionals reported working 45 hours or more per week, and 30 percent said that work often interferes with their personal lives. These unpredictable schedules can take a toll on families. So how can you align your personal and professional relationships in a healthy way? Here's how to stay married to your partner and not wedded to your job.

The 15-Minute Step to Better Leadership
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders who can spare 15 minutes to reflect on their actions and work can greatly impact their leadership, according to one leadership expert.

3 Work Resolutions You Can Keep
Advancement Weekly Article Many employees start the new year with an ambitious list of resolutions in hand that are soon forgotten. According to one career coach, establishing clear and simple goals is necessary for success.

Here's How to Avoid Playing Favorites
Advancement Weekly Article Working as a team under one manager can bring up complaints of favoritism. Chances are you’ve been on one end of obvious favoritism at some point in your professional life, writes one leadership expert.

What Makes You Happy?
Advancement Weekly Article Ever wonder what truly makes you happy? One health and science reporter analytically tracked her happiness for one year and her findings may surprise you.

Help Your Employees Stay Focused This Holiday Season
Advancement Weekly Article Your employees' attention may stray during the busy holiday season, but there are ways to shift their focus back to work, according to one business expert.

Update Your Morning Routine for Success
Advancement Weekly Article If your morning routine involves only a shower and quick breakfast, you may be missing some crucial steps that can facilitate success, according to one life coach.

Manage Your Holiday Stress
Advancement Weekly Article The holiday season is almost here, which means increased workplace stress for many employees. One expert offers a few tips on how to manage the extra stress of the season.

Leadership Advice from Amazon’s Founder Jeff Bezos
Advancement Weekly Article The principles that leaders expect their employees to uphold are integral to the success of their organizations, according to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.

Your Organization’s Growth Begins with You
Advancement Weekly Article Diligent leaders devote countless hours and resources to organizational change. But to foster real change in their organizations, leaders should first focus on their own personal transformation, according to one leadership consultant.

Communications Challenges Made Easier for Nonprofits in 2016
Article,  BriefCASE Article Communications teams in the nonprofit sector have improved in 2016, according to the nonprofit communications trends report.

The Delicate Work-Life Balance
Article,  BriefCASE Article Busy advancement officers often find the line between their professional and personal lives blur. But even with long hours, the most committed staff must take time for themselves.

MGOs See More Pressure and Less Time According to Report
Article,  BriefCASE Article Major gift and planned giving officers feel pressure from and frustration with the time they have available for solicitation, according to a recent survey.

Development Across Borders: Why International Alumni and Fundraising Matter
Article,  BriefCASE Article Universities have long played an important role in supporting multiculturalism. Development professionals should continue to participate in this legacy by expanding their focus abroad, says one development expert.

The New Rules of Digital Engagement for Leaders
Article,  BriefCASE Article The same things that have always made a leader still apply—they just look very different, says a digital expert and CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement speaker.

Giving USA 2017: Four Key Trends
Article,  BriefCASE Article Giving to education in the U.S. has reached a new high, according to the recently released Giving USA 2017 report. Growth was fueled in part by the multi-million-dollar gift trend, but also progress in online fundraising and giving to community colleges.

How University Leaders Can Really Address Discrimination
Article,  BriefCASE Article Leaders who are serious about promoting diversity and equality in their organizations must commit more than just words to their cause, argues one author and professor of psychology.

Stay Curious and Focused: Key Advice for Advancement Shops
Article,  BriefCASE Article Development shops can support their institutions by maintaining a steady focus on their mission and an eagerness to learn new things, according to the executive director of one community college foundation.

5 Ways to Nurture New Talent
CURRENTS Article Despite a growing need for fundraisers, recruiters are struggling to find talent. Degree programs in advancement remain rare (although notable ones include the U.K.'s University of Chichester's charity development degree and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University), and the field is frequently misunderstood. "Advancement, especially development, is often viewed as a sales profession," says Zachary Smith, a senior partner and deputy managing director at the recruiting firm Witt/Kieffer. "Most people only see advancement professionals schmoozing donors at coffees, lunches, dinners, and events. They don't see the work that takes place in between." So how can institutions attract talented graduates to the field—and how can they keep them there? Read on for ways to grow and retain your team's newest advancement professionals.

Voices
CURRENTS Article Advice on handling donor information learned during a previous position, and members share what app changed their life.

Avoid These 3 Ineffective Thought Patterns
Advancement Weekly Article It’s natural to face obstacles on your journey toward growth. But according to one leadership expert, some of these hurdles can be overcome by simply changing your mentality.

How to Design Offices for Productivity
Advancement Weekly Article According to one office innovation expert, a dull and unstimulating office environment could have a negative effect on your staff's productivity.

Why We Need Both Reason and Emotion to Make Good Decisions
Advancement Weekly Article “Don’t let emotions cloud your judgment.” It’s an oft-repeated refrain in decision making. But emotions are a key factor in making good, rational choices, according to two researchers.

The Tried-and-True Formula to Tackle Your To-Dos
Advancement Weekly Article The hardest part of managing workflow isn’t making your to-do list—it’s prioritizing all the items on it. Here is one time management expert’s advice for tackling a seemingly endless list of tasks.

How to Turn Your Afternoon Slump into Success
Advancement Weekly Article By most afternoons, many of us have answered all the emails and endured all the meetings we can stand. After lunch, we feel sluggish and unmotivated. The afternoon slump can slow you down but there are ways to beat it, according to one workplace expert.

Negotiate Your Way to Management Success
Advancement Weekly Article Doing a good job and accomplishing goals and objectives aren’t enough, a management expert told attendees at this month’s CASE Summer Institute in Advancement Services. To achieve professional success, she said, managers need to actively participate in “office politics.”

Leadership Lessons from Harry Potter
Advancement Weekly Article Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know the final installment of the Harry Potter series hit the big screen earlier this month. If you take in this fantasy flick, pay attention not only to the boy wizard’s heroics but also his leadership style. Some management gurus say you just might learn something.

Lead Yourself to Lead Others
Advancement Weekly Article Managers are used to leading others and telling them what to do. But, to truly succeed, they should focus on personal leadership. That’s according to one expert at last week’s CASE Summer Institute in Communications and Marketing.

Stay Motivated and Work From Home
Advancement Weekly Article While telecommuting is fairly common in the workplace, many telecommuters find themselves missing the social and productive office environment. According to one workplace expert, you can still stay productive while working from home.

Don't Believe These 5 Leadership Myths
Advancement Weekly Article There's no shortage of guidance and tips for new leaders, but managers should take the advice they hear with a grain of salt, writes one leadership expert.

The Easiest Way to be a Better Leader
Advancement Weekly Article Many managers who want to improve their leadership skills look at coaching sessions and training programs. But the easiest way to become a better leader is as simple as stepping away from your desk, writes one leadership expert.

Why It's Important to Say No
Advancement Weekly Article It's natural to feel guilty or be reluctant to decline new tasks or meetings at work. But you could be more successful if you learn to say no, according to one business expert.

3 Ways to Make a Good First Impression
Advancement Weekly Article A strong first impression in an interview or meeting will not only have an immediate positive impact, but it will also affect your work relationships beyond that initial meeting, writes one business expert.

3 Dangerous Roles for Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders can find themselves in a risky position when facing conflict in their office. If trying to solve a problem, leaders should be conscious of their role in the situation and act in a way that propels their team forward, writes one leadership expert.

Talking Shop: Raising Gifts, Sharing GIFs
CURRENTS Article Rory Green is a second-generation development officer—both of her parents were fundraisers—and the founder of Fundraiser Grrl, a cheeky crowdsourced blog about the rewarding, frustrating, and downright outlandish things fundraisers experience. Through the GIF-driven posts, fundraisers both celebrate and gripe about their professional lives. Face palms, snark, and funny tales abound.

Things Successful People Do with Their Lunch Break
Advancement Weekly Article If you spend your lunch break eating at your desk, glued to your phone, or even skip lunch altogether, you may be missing out on a critical part of your workday, according to one workplace expert.

2 Major Reasons to Become a Morning Person
Advancement Weekly Article Being an early riser can help cut down on the procrastination that can spur stress. But night-owls, rejoice: you can make mornings your friend. Here, according to a business expert, is how to do it.

It's Not Who You Are, It's What You Do
Advancement Weekly Article Some leaders confuse their behaviors with who they are as a leader and resist making changes in their management style. But making this excuse for inappropriate leadership is a costly mistake, writes one leadership expert.

6 Tips to Learn Anything Faster
Advancement Weekly Article Staying competitive in the workforce means constantly learning new skills and processes. If you can become someone who learns new tasks quickly, you will gain an edge on your peers, according to one workplace expert.

Kick These Habits for Success
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders have good habits that inform their leadership style but they can also have bad habits that drive their team crazy. Kicking those bad habits to the curb can vastly improve a leader's management style, according to one leadership expert.

Moral Quandaries: The 1 Question to Ask Yourself
Advancement Weekly Article Serious workplace challenges usually aren't black and white; tools and techniques won't provide all the answers. Leaders have to use judgment and make hard choices, writes an ethics professor. Here's what to remember about making tough decisions.

Hack Your Brain to Be Less Forgetful
Advancement Weekly Article We say we'll remember to send Grandma a birthday card or schedule a flu shot or pick up a carton of milk on the way home—but then we forget. New research on memory offers a strategy to "hack" your brain and stop forgetfulness in its tracks.

Is Your Work Stress Real?
Advancement Weekly Article A recent study shows that workplace stress is becoming more and more common, and that employees blame their tension on too much work or too little time in the day. However, one workplace expert believes there is a different reason why employees feel stressed at work.

Successful Leaders Know How to Listen
Advancement Weekly Article It takes practice and patience to become a good listener but leaders who master the skill are "miles ahead of others no matter what their education, IQ or position," writes one leadership expert.

Are You Driving Your Team Crazy?
Advancement Weekly Article Successful leaders are not without their management quirks but annoying or bad habits can bring down staff morale, writes one leadership expert.

Managers: Know What Your Employees Want
Advancement Weekly Article If your leadership seems to be bringing success to your organization but there is low productivity and high turnover, your leadership may not be as effective as you think. If you don't know what your employees want, your leadership is suffering, writes one nonprofit leadership expert.

Communicate Your Intention, Again and Again
Advancement Weekly Article Effective communication doesn't begin and end with a quick email. If you want your employees to really understand your message and, better yet, act on it, you must reiterate your intention, according to one communication expert.

Focus on Your Employees' Positive Qualities
Advancement Weekly Article Focusing on the positive characteristics of your employees will open the door to success for your team, according to one management expert.

Achieve Productivity with a Plan
Advancement Weekly Article Just because we are constantly distracted with emails, phone calls and other interruptions doesn't mean that we should accept them as part of our work day, writes one small business expert.

Development for Academic Leaders 2018
Conference Do you need to raise additional funds for your projects? Then this one-day event is for you. Attend this development seminar to find out what you can and should expect from your development office, how you can measure success and how the cycle of development works.

Don't Let Fear Hold You Back
Advancement Weekly Article If you don't confront your insecurities and fears, you never have the opportunity to work to your full potential, advises one entrepreneurial expert.

Set Boundaries and Disconnect on Vacation
Advancement Weekly Article If you aren’t leaving your work at the office when you go on vacation, you could be losing more than your sanity. According to one business writer, not only is it important for employees to take vacation, but they must also disconnect and recharge while they are away.

Master Anything on Your To-Do List, Big or Small
Advancement Weekly Article When to-do lists grow, motivation wanes, and you can feel helpless against the burden of the tasks at hand. It's important to turn those doubts into actions, writes one career expert.

Don't Let Fear Ruin Leadership
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders, especially those new to the role, can struggle with a fear of failure—which can have a negative impact on the organization if left unaddressed. You must learn to mitigate fear and resume your role as an effective leader, writes one leadership expert.

Be Creative and Be a Better Leader
Advancement Weekly Article Creativity is often overlooked as a key leadership quality but creative leaders can be the key to business success, writes one entrepreneurial expert.

How to Turn Your Inner Critic into an Ally
Advancement Weekly Article Sometimes, your biggest critic can be yourself. Internal conversations or self-talk can be harsh, especially after a negative experience at work. But there are ways to take that criticism and make it work in your favor, writes one leadership expert.

Why Change Management Fails
Advancement Weekly Article Successful organizations are normally resistant to change. Why? It's because the reasons behind change are not always communicated with staff properly, one leadership expert suggests.

Encourage Employees to Keep Learning
Advancement Weekly Article As a leader, it is your duty to empower your staff to keep learning and developing professionally. Leaders who do this will see a multitude of benefits within their organizations, writes one management expert.

Are You the Productivity Problem?
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders may think that they are doing everything right to provide a productive work environment for their staff—but are they ignoring the biggest problem? One management expert warns that leaders can be the biggest obstacle in their employees' productivity.

How to be a Confident, Not Arrogant Leader
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders can sabotage themselves and their organization when they project arrogance instead of confidence. Successful leaders are grounded and humble in their relationships with their employees, writes one leadership expert.

Management is Not "One Size Fits All"
Advancement Weekly Article Managers tend to manage their employees in the way they would want to be managed. Instead, supervisors should focus on managing their employees as individuals, one leadership expert writes.

Ease Yourself into a Big Decision
Advancement Weekly Article Managers facing a big decision should “try it on” for up to 30 days and see if it’s the right fit, writes one entrepreneurial expert.

5 Ways Small Teams Can Stay Efficient
Advancement Weekly Article A small team has many advantages—they are often more nimble and more compatible than larger groups—but they require careful management to avoid some common inefficiencies, writes one entrepreneur.

3 Steps to Failure—and How to Stop Them
Advancement Weekly Article To avoid failure, leaders must know when to quit and  when to persevere. Understanding the importance of both is integral to the success of an organization, writes one management expert.

4 Ways Curiosity Makes You a Better Leader
Advancement Weekly Article Integrity, decision making and trust are seen as ideal leadership qualities. However, having a healthy dose of curiosity also serves leaders well, says one workplace expert.

Deciding When, and When Not, to Delegate
Advancement Weekly Article Knowing when and when not to delegate is a tough skill for managers to master, but it’s one that is critical for personal success, according to one learning expert.

Make Progress on Goals with 3 Steps
Advancement Weekly Article Every leader wishes for more time to get tasks done. But they must accept the truth: there is never going to be enough time unless they create it, writes one leadership expert.

The Limits of Doing It All
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders who handle every challenge on their own may be making a costly mistake, writes one leadership expert.

Treat Employees the Same as Customers
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders know that highly motivated employees are integral to the success of an organization. But motivating employees doesn't happen naturally, writes one human resources expert.

How to Deal with an Upset Employee
Advancement Weekly Article When dealing with employees who are emotionally upset, leaders should take an empathetic approach to help them get back on track, writes one motivational expert.

Why Good Leaders Ask for Help
Advancement Weekly Article It's easy for managers to become isolated as they spend more time in meetings and ensconced in email. This results in being removed from the core meaning of their work, writes one leadership expert.

Surprising Stress Factors for Leaders and Managers
Advancement Weekly Article While senior leaders may have higher incomes and more autonomy in the workplace, they are also more stressed and less happy, according to data collected by behavioral experts.

How Successful Leaders Avoid Procrastination
Advancement Weekly Article Even successful leaders struggle with whims of procrastination, but they do something that many people don't: they work through it. Leaders who "break past mental barriers" stay productive and are more successful, writes one business management expert.

Use the Rule of 45 to Your Advantage
Advancement Weekly Article Managers who receive a lot of requests each day may be tempted to respond when they have more time or not respond at all but this habit doesn't reflect well on an organization, writes one marketing expert.

Helping Employees Find Work-Life Balance
Advancement Weekly Article Employees who work at organizations that embrace workplace flexibility are more likely to succeed and stay productive, writes one digital consultant. But with technology that allows employees to work remotely at any time of day, many staff have trouble separating work and personal time.

What One Skill a Leader Needs to Succeed
Advancement Weekly Article Managers who are able to align the strengths of their employees with positions within the company are more effective leaders, according to one leadership expert. This engagement of employees is called strength-based management and should be at the foundation of nonprofit leadership.

How to Keep Goals in Focus
Advancement Weekly Article Teams are most productive when they keep their goals front and center. But it isn't always easy for leaders to help their team maintain that focus, suggests one leadership expert. In fact, if leaders want to keep their team on track, they must remind them of their goal often, even at the beginning of every meeting, writes leadership expert Wayne Turmel for Management Issues.

3 Tips for Leading with Questions
Advancement Weekly Article It's important for leaders to question decisions and actions, even if they have been in a leadership position for years, according to one management expert who adds that "leading with questions" can provide valuable insight that will help make effective decisions.

Decentralizing Decision Making
Advancement Weekly Article Strong decision-making skills were once primarily the responsibility of those in leadership positions, but now nonprofits are including staff at all levels in the process. Many organizations are hoping that including more team members in the decision-making process will lead to swifter decisions that yield greater success, writes one leadership expert.

"Getting to No" to Achieve Success
Advancement Weekly Article Managers who find themselves saying "yes" to every request and assignment could be setting themselves up for failure, writes one management consultant.

Office Space: Is It Time to Pursue an Advanced Degree?
CURRENTS Article Pursuing additional education is almost always a good thing, but time, money, family, and professional workload are important considerations. Given our relationship as both employees of and passionate advocates for our institutions, it's natural to reflect on our own education—and whether earning an advanced degree may be advantageous for our careers. If you work for a college or university that offers tuition reimbursement, cost may be less of a concern when answering the questions above—but that's only one factor in the equation. Other considerations for busy professionals include work travel, family responsibilities, and community commitments.

Holding People Accountable, the Right Way
Advancement Weekly Article When leaders are disappointed with project outcomes, a misunderstanding of accountability with their team could be the problem, writes one leadership expert.

What to Do When Multitasking Becomes a Distraction
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders who are often distracted in the workplace sacrifice the ability to maintain awareness and focus on their goals, says one management expert.

Why Leaders Should Sharpen Their Storytelling Skills
Advancement Weekly Article Storytelling is a key buzzword in the arenas of branding, public relations and marketing. But stories can strengthen teams working in a variety of fields. Great leaders show—not just tell—their colleagues where they're heading, why it matters and how to be successful, writes an author and strategist.

Can Anyone Be a Great Manager?
Advancement Weekly Article Many leaders at the top of organizations employ the Peter Principle of management: they give management roles to the best performers in the positions below. But is that the best way to manage a team and is effective leadership a skill that can be taught? Two management professors weigh in.

Seriously Stressed? You Can Rewire Your Brain
Advancement Weekly Article Chronic stress can eat at your team's health and well-being (not to mention your own). According to a new book, however, we can retrain our minds to combat the effects of stress.

Office Space: Grow Your Own Communications Talent
CURRENTS Article Duke ProComm, a professional development program for communicators at Duke University in North Carolina, trains communicators with varying levels of expertise and at different stages of their career. Many entry-level communicators arrive with a specific skill set, but in today's environment you need to know how to tell a story using text, images, audio, and video, and you must promote your work on a variety of platforms and channels. The ProComm program helps communicators enhance their skills, find mentors, and prepare for future communication opportunities.

Build Your Team's Reliability
Advancement Weekly Article Reflect for a moment on the projects your team is tackling right now. Even if team members are making progress, they might be moving with dysfunctional momentum rather than resilience, writes a leadership expert.

3 Travel-Inspired Efficiency Tips
Advancement Weekly Article Traveling often for business has taught Eric McNulty a host of lessons about efficiency. Here are his top productivity pointers from life on the road.

Be a Better Manager… By Sleeping?
Advancement Weekly Article The link between leadership and a good night's sleep is clear. It's more important than ever that managers focus on their sleep habits (and encourage team members to do the same), write two professionals.

5 Steps to Set Smarter Goals
Advancement Weekly Article Every healthy organization likely has a long list of ideas, strategies and initiatives to try or pilot. But how can a leader decide which priorities to pursue?

Why Time Management Doesn't Matter
Advancement Weekly Article For any leader juggling a cramped schedule, this will either come as a relief or shock: don't fret about time management, says a productivity expert.

The Personality Paradox of Leadership
Advancement Weekly Article What's the difference between a great leader and a bad one? The confidence to be humble, writes an author.

Workplace Productivity Tricks to Tackle Email, Meetings
Advancement Weekly Article Two of the biggest office time killers are email and meetings. Combat them with these two tactics from a productivity expert.

How Successful Professionals Network
Advancement Weekly Article The tactics that entry-level employees use to network don’t work for more senior professionals. Instead, use “inbound networking,” suggests one marketing strategist.

Measure Your Emotional Intelligence
Advancement Weekly Article Emotional intelligence—the ability to identify and manage your emotions and others'—can be essential in workplace decision-making, suggests an entrepreneur.

Empathy: A Soft Skill That’s Hard Work
Advancement Weekly Article Empathy is essential to leading healthy teams and organizations, but failing to recognize its limits can be dangerous, writes one researcher.

5 Career Dos and Don’ts for 2016
Advancement Weekly Article Many professionals struggle to find career fulfillment—and some fail because they aren’t taking the right approach, according to one entrepreneur.

Leading in Unfamiliar Territory
Advancement Weekly Article One key to managing a team of individuals with diverse, specialized skills: don’t pretend that you can do their jobs, writes a management expert.

Inspire Your Team—Not with Charisma, but Decision-Making
Advancement Weekly Article Most leaders believe that to inspire others, they must exude uncommon charisma. But there is a simpler way, according to a business expert, to inspire change: making decisions.

5 Risky Workplace Biases—and How to Mitigate Them
Advancement Weekly Article To make effective decisions, leaders and team members must confront their biases, write two neuroscience experts.

Factors That Predict Great Hiring Decisions
Advancement Weekly Article When hiring a new team member, it can be difficult to determine how a candidate will actually perform on the job. Great hiring decisions, writes a business expert, are based on several key factors.

So You Want to Be the VP?
CURRENTS Article Search firm executive Dennis Barden shares what institutions want—and need—and how aspirants can prepare to be the vice president of advancement.

Putting Success in Succession Planning
CURRENTS Article Michael Eicher, senior vice president of advancement at The Ohio State University, has a strong track record of cultivating advancement, fundraising, and communications vice presidents and vice chancellors. He talks to CURRENTS about succession planning.

Outlook: Producing High Performers
CURRENTS Article Using donors to train gift officers is just one way development shops should be rethinking talent management, including recruitment. Too often vice presidents are attracted to fundraisers who have secured a mega-gift, even if the gift was years in the making and cultivated by predecessors. VPs think top performers are a canned product that can be easily found and recruited at high salaries.They'd be better off building their own superstars by hiring passionate, driven fundraisers who understand the process and pace of fundraising.

Grappling with the Authenticity Paradox
Advancement Weekly Article Authenticity can sometimes be an excuse to stick with what’s comfortable, writes a leadership professor.

Borrow This Move from Santa: Have a Nice List
Advancement Weekly Article Take a leaf from Santa Claus’s playbook this season and celebrate your team’s work, write two leadership experts.

5 Tips to Stay Cool Under Pressure
Advancement Weekly Article There’s a difference between being excited and excitable, writes a career strategist. Understanding that is the key to keeping calm in times of stress.

Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling
Advancement Weekly Article Individuals with a variety of interests and passions aren’t abnormal—they’re simply multipotentialites, says a career coach.

Redefine Authentic Leadership
Advancement Weekly Article Authentic leadership has emerged during the last decade as a key management principle—but is it just an excuse to be rigid or insensitive?

SOS: 6 Distress Signals of Overworked Employees
Advancement Weekly Article There’s a fine line between challenging employees and overburdening them, writes a career and management author.

Take This Simple Step to Be a Great Manager
Advancement Weekly Article Consistently celebrating employees’ accomplishments is the easiest step a manager can take to engage team members, according to a researcher.

Don’t Ask “What Do You Do?” And Other Work-Life Balance Lessons
Advancement Weekly Article Can women have it all in work and family life? Maybe—but now, plenty of thought leaders are asking if men can, too, and what having it all really means.

A Guide to Providing a Great Reference
Advancement Weekly Article The secret to providing a great reference is to be honest, specific and enthusiastic, according to two business professionals.

Tips to Boost Team Members' Confidence
Advancement Weekly Article The best leaders work to bolster their team members' confidence, says a business expert.

3 Tried-and-True Decision-Making Tricks
Advancement Weekly Article Deliberating about decisions can sap time and energy, so professionals have to put structures in place to ease the process, writes a business leader.

Odds and Ends: Jersey Jazz Meets Abbey Road
CURRENTS Article In May 2014, Paul McCartney proposed that band leader John Pizzarelli translate his post-Beatles songs into a jazz album, culminating in the recently released Midnight McCartney, which will become part of Pizzarelli's repertoire as he performs on college campuses and teaches master classes.

Tips to Become Your Own Best Advocate
Advancement Weekly Article Most seasoned managers are comfortable handling formal negotiations at work but are uncomfortable negotiating on their own behalf, according to one expert on negotiation and leadership.

Empower Staff to be Problem Solvers
Advancement Weekly Article Preparing a company or business group to run on “autopilot” during the leader’s absence is a goal that can be achieved, says one creative leader and entrepreneur.

Being More Effective, not Efficient, Key to Productivity
Advancement Weekly Article Human beings are not machines, and our brains are not emotionless, tireless computers, writes one researcher, who says people might be more productive if they focused on effectiveness, not efficiency.

Why Giving Advice Doesn't Work
Advancement Weekly Article There's a difference between constructive criticism and advice—and advice can confuse colleagues and make them feel defensive, says a business expert.

Six Lists to Make Every Day
Advancement Weekly Article Making to-do lists can help busy professionals stay on track—but certain types of lists offer maximum benefits, says a productivity expert.

Telecommuting: Best in Moderation
Advancement Weekly Article Although more organizations are beginning to grapple with work-from-home options, research offers conflicting evidence on telecommuting’s effectiveness.

Is Being Boring the Secret to Management?
Advancement Weekly Article Many teams choose supervisors based on bold vision or confidence—but the best managers are actually boring, according to a business psychology expert.

Why Mentoring Matters at Each Career Stage
Advancement Weekly Article Mentors can put early-career professionals on the right track, but the search for mentors shouldn’t end mid-career. These guiding partnerships, according to a mentoring expert, can play a vital role in every career stage.

The Secrets to Making Meetings Smarter
Advancement Weekly Article Good, focused meetings—rather than dull meetings that team members scheme to avoid—are essential in today’s workplace, say two business leaders.

Office Space: Keep on Keepin’ Up
CURRENTS Article Advancement veterans share their tips for remaining professionally agile.

My First Year in Alumni Relations
CURRENTS Article A 25-year-old assistant director of alumni relations shares the lessons learned during her first year at Williston Northampton School.

Reflecting One Year Out
CURRENTS Article A 25-year-old assistant director of alumni relations shares the lessons learned during her first year at Williston Northampton School.

Advice
CURRENTS Article A 25-year-old assistant director of alumni relations shares the lessons learned during her first year at Williston Northampton School.

The Apprentices
CURRENTS Article With the Student Philanthropy Officer pilot program in York University's annual giving office, students can graduate from phonathon calls to face-to-face asks of alumni.

Meet Brittany M. Weiss
CURRENTS Article Brittany M. Weiss is assistant director of alumni relations at Williston Northampton School, a coeducational boarding school for students in seventh grade through postgraduate year.

Try These Quick and Easy Exercises to Relax at Work
Advancement Weekly Article Stressed out managers and workers can relax in the office by practicing simple mindfulness exercises, writes an authority on stress management.

Improve Problem-Solving Skills
Advancement Weekly Article Managers can become better problem-solvers by asking lots of questions, writes a management consultant.

Respond with Compassion When Employees Make Mistakes
Advancement Weekly Article When employees are not performing well or make a mistake, managers should show them compassion instead of reprimanding them, writes a research psychologist.

Avoid These Time Management Mistakes
Advancement Weekly Article By failing to plan their workday before it’s started, busy managers and workers can waste precious time, writes a time management expert.

Encourage Employees to Take Vacations
Advancement Weekly Article Managers should ensure that their employees feel comfortable taking vacation time, writes a human resources specialist.

Engage Workers by Showing Them Respect
Advancement Weekly Article Showing respect for employees enhances a leader’s influence and performance, writes a business school professor.

Small World, Big Ideas
CURRENTS Article n March 2015, Cunningham became CASE's 10th president. To mark that six-month milestone, CURRENTS met with Cunningham in her Washington, D.C., office to discuss a variety of timely topics, including the biggest challenge facing higher education and the best advice she's received about leadership.

Odds and Ends: Genius? No. Creativity? YES.
CURRENTS Article If you've been nominated for a MacArthur Fellowship, better known as a "genius grant," you'll never know it unless you win. And those who do win get the life-changing news from Cecilia Conrad, the program's vice president.

Curb Anxiety by Overcoming Perfectionism
Advancement Weekly Article Managers and workers can avoid frustration by letting go of their perfectionist tendencies, writes a career coach.

Maintain Leadership Perspective to Achieve Success
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders who celebrate their achievements while maintaining a sense of humility are more likely to succeed, writes a management expert.

Communicate Leadership Values to Team
Advancement Weekly Article Managers should make “leadership promises” to themselves and their employees which clearly outline core values and expectations, writes a management consultant.

Learn to Coach Teleworkers
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders have to establish trust with remote workers to effectively manage and motivate them, writes a business school professor.

Combine Comparable Tasks to Achieve Greater Efficiency
Advancement Weekly Article Busy leaders can get more done by completing similar tasks in the same sitting, writes a time management expert.

Being a "Good Enough" Manager
Advancement Weekly Article Nobody’s perfect, so why try to be? The author of a new leadership book writes that managers should strive to be simply “good enough.”

Organize Work Tasks to Improve Productivity
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers should learn to work smarter, not harder, writes an executive coach.

The Characteristics of an Inspiring Leader
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The best managers inspire their employees by showing empathy, grit and decisiveness, writes a leadership authority.

How to Overcome a Bad Mood
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Many leaders struggle to shift from a negative state of mind to a positive one, write experts on workplace stress.

Recall Names When Meeting Professional Contacts
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Remembering names is a simple step in building professional connections, says a networking specialist.

Follow These Principles to Improve Productivity
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who make small improvements to their workplace habits can dramatically improve their productivity, writes an authority on time management.

Boost Employee Engagement
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Supervisors can keep employees engaged at work by listening to their ideas, checking in with them regularly and recognizing their good work, writes a leadership authority.

Practice Simple Meditation to Improve Leadership
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders who meditate are more self-aware and more effective managers, writes a management expert.

Learn and Speak Up About Mental Illness
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders have an obligation to look out for their employees’ mental health, writes an executive coach.

Convey Leadership Credibility
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can establish credibility with their employees by being respectful, honest and loyal, writes a leadership expert.

Lead Like a Mentor
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who see themselves as mentors are more likely to have engaged, happy and productive employees, writes a management consultant.

Match Decision-Making Style to Challenge
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers don’t always have to make decisions by seeking input from all of their team members, writes a management expert.

Uncover Leadership Weaknesses
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Executives must be aware of blindspots in their leadership to avoid making decisions that could hurt their organizations, says a professional development coach.

Develop an Advancement Internship Program
Article,  BriefCASE Article Advancement leaders should consider developing an internship program to help meet their division’s goals, says an alumni relations practitioner.

How to Make a Positive Impact at Work
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders who invest time in relationships and helping others better influence their teams and organizations, writes a management consultant.

Plan Vacation Time Wisely
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders need to plan ahead and take time off between critical projects to enjoy a restful vacation, writes an executive coach.

Outlook: Fully Committed
CURRENTS Article Good major gift officers leave for various reasons: poor leadership, lack of support, no options for promotion. But research shows they are willing to stay in less-than-ideal conditions when they're connected to the institution and feel their voice is heard.

Avoid These Common Delegation Mistakes
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Many managers are poor delegators because they fail to adequately define what a successfully completed project looks like, writes a leadership development specialist.

This Four-Letter Word can Boost Productivity
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Saying “done” out loud as you finish even small tasks can make you more productive at work, says a psychologist and neuroperformance specialist.

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Look for Signs of Work Weariness
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Workers who have difficulty sleeping and don’t eat or exercise enough may be headed for burnout, writes an expert on work-life balance.

How First-Time Managers Should Learn to Lead
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article New bosses can become better leaders by learning who on their team is responsible for what tasks, writes a management specialist.

The Best Way to Start the Week
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Productive managers use Monday to organize their schedule, prepare for potential obstacles and give colleagues notice of upcoming meetings or projects in the week ahead, writes a time-management expert.

How to Garner Candid Criticism
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article When asking for feedback from colleagues, managers should be clear that they want an honest critique, writes a leadership coach.

Improving Networking Skills Helps Expand Knowledge
Article,  BriefCASE Article Advancement practitioners at all career stages should regularly network to seek professional growth and expand their knowledge of the field, says a networking expert.

Don't Tolerate Deceit, Other Harmful Traits
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article To build a successful life and career, leaders should never tolerate dishonesty in themselves or those around them, writes a leadership coach.

Future Advancement Leaders Should Seek Best-Fit Job
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Advancement professionals seeking to become senior leaders should assess their fit for an institution's culture, say successful advancement vice presidents.

Odds and Ends: Ambassador for the Final Frontier
CURRENTS Article To prepare for life in space, astronaut Randy Bresnik trains in environments generally unsuitable for human life, including weeklong missions in an underground cave complex and an undersea lab.

Sowing Skills, Reaping Content
CURRENTS Article A year after CASE’s 2014 Multimedia Workshop, participants reflect on their successes and lessons learned—from the intricacies of on-camera interviews to growing audiences.

Become a More Attentive Leader
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers can help their employees succeed by being more aware of their leadership style, writes a psychologist.

How Leaders can Display Professionalism
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers need to do more than just excel at their jobs to be considered a professional, writes a business school professor.

Be a Leader Worth Following
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The best leaders are easy to follow, writes a business school professor.

Successful Managers Help Others Lead
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The best leaders prepare their workers to operate and make decisions for themselves, writes an executive coach.

Avoid Behaviors that Impair Judgment
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Laziness and indecisiveness are some of the habits that lead to poor decision making, according to a new study of leaders.

Limit Distractions when Working from Home
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article When telecommuting, people should set a schedule to give their day structure and keep them motivated, say productivity specialists.

How to Promote the Right People
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers should develop career paths for employees based on their skills—not a predetermined job pyramid—writes a talent management expert.

Successful Leaders Should Think Like Janitors
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Senior leaders should take leadership cues from their building’s janitors, writes a leadership specialist.

Learn to Stop Procrastinating
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Identifying the root cause of procrastination at work is the first step toward breaking the habit, writes a time management expert.

New Leadership: Meet CASE’s 9th President
CURRENTS Article Sue Cunningham will take the helm at CASE on March 9, 2015.

Odds and Ends: Investigating Inventiveness
CURRENTS Article Walter Isaacson on technology—and why smartphones won’t make us zombies

Avoid These Career-Stifling Behaviors
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who communicate poorly are likely sabotaging their career, say leadership coaches.

Set Aside Time to Recharge
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers and employees should schedule time to rest throughout the workweek to improve their attention, motivation, productivity and creativity, writes a time management expert.

Write About Trying Experiences
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should write about difficult situations to move past them, writes a business school professor.

Encourage Employees to Evaluate Managers
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers should invite feedback from their employees, writes a leadership expert.

Common Mistakes New Managers Make
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers shouldn’t try to be best friends with their employees or indiscriminately use their newly acquired power, writes a leadership expert.

How to Own Up to Failure
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article When leaders slip up, they should take responsibility for their mistakes and avoid excuses, writes a management consultant.

Tips to Find Work-Life Balance
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can improve their work-life balance by scheduling their next-day activities the night before and taking time off when they feel burned out, writes a leadership expert.

Reasons Senior Leaders Need Mentoring
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article New executives should have mentors to further their professional growth, writes a leadership specialist.

How to Navigate a Stretch Assignment
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who take on new responsibilities should be open to advice from their colleagues, writes a management expert.

Don’t Delegate These Important Tasks
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers should never delegate certain tasks, writes a leadership expert.

Productivity Starts at the Top
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders are primarily responsible for creating and supporting a culture of productivity within their organizations, writes a leadership specialist.

Leadership Behaviors to Avoid During a Crisis
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should try to consult colleagues at all levels within the organization—not just senior managers—when looking for a solution to a crisis, writes a management consultant.

A Simple Method to Prioritize Tasks
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article When tackling their daily to-do lists, managers should not start with the easiest tasks first, writes a time management expert. This will only lead to a lack of time to handle more difficult tasks.

How to Get Out of a Mental Rut
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Employees who are having trouble solving a problem should switch their focus to an unrelated task, writes an expert on workplace psychology.

Vulnerable Behavior Can Be a Strength
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Smart leaders aren’t afraid to show some vulnerability, writes a leadership consultant.

Learn What Decisions to Yield to Others
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Executives should choose which work tasks matter most to them and cede control of nearly everything else to managers they trust, writes a leadership specialist.

Key Leadership Habits to Avoid
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Recently released research identifies several factors that cause well-meaning leaders to make poor decisions.

Know When to Say No to Additional Responsibilities
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Top performers should think twice before volunteering to take on additional responsibilities at work, writes a leadership coach.

Think Twice Before Killing an Idea
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who say no to nearly every project and idea stifle their employees’ creative potential, writes a management strategist.

Stop Work from Overtaking Employees' Lives
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Bosses can help their staff achieve work-life balance by teaching them to focus on priorities and avoid common distractions, writes one expert on workplace culture.

Improve CEO-CDO Relationships
Article,  Community College News Article To champion fundraising efforts on their campuses, community college presidents should have as strong a working relationship with their foundation director as they do with their provost, says one institutional leader.

Office Space: Want to Retain Your Fundraisers? Give Them Unlimited Time Off.
CURRENTS Article Taking time off is essential for maintaining one's energy, sanity, and creativity, particularly in a profession where devleopment officers are expected to bring their A-game to an 8 p.m. meeting with a donor and manage other events that are part of a nontraditional work schedule.

Help Workers Learn to Focus
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers should provide attention-management training to employees who are distracted by technology and a constant influx of information, write two business school professors.

Know When to Call It Quits
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The most productive people know when to abandon a task before it becomes fruitless, writes one productivity expert.

In Praise of Imperfection
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders who don’t make mistakes aren’t helping themselves or their employees grow and learn, writes a professional development expert.

Find Happy Medium in Management Style
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Bosses should avoid extremes in behavior—such as being too friendly with or critical of their workers—writes a management specialist.

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Stay Mindful at Work
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Workers should practice mindfulness tactics, such as taking a deep breath before meetings, to reduce stress, writes an organizational psychologist.

Office Space: Social Skills for Social Media
CURRENTS Article What and how we share online is an important life skill and an essential part of our personal and professional development—particularly as digital communication skills become a factor in how we're evaluated for jobs and other opportunities. Helping students, faculty, staff, and other constituents understand and develop their digital identities should be an institutional priority and a part of the educational experience. It should also be an important aspect of our work in advancement.

Don't Get Stuck in a Leadership Rut
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers can be more decisive in their decision-making by avoiding common leadership traps, writes a management consultant.

Longhand Beats Laptop for Note Taking
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article New research shows that people remember more conceptual information from presentations over the long term when they take notes by hand instead of on a laptop.

Diplomatically Manage Your Time
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Time management experts say leaders can set the boundaries they need to get their work done—such as saying no to meeting invitations and checking email less frequently—without negatively impacting the work of their colleagues.

Creating Cultures of Leadership
Article,  Community College News Article Drew Dudley, leadership educator and keynote speaker at the upcoming CASE Conference for Community College Advancement, says that many advancement practitioners aren’t completely comfortable calling themselves leaders. He wants to remedy that anxiety.

What Managers Should Learn from Coaches
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article To get the best out of their teams, managers should act more like career coaches, writes an executive coach.

Ways Leaders Lose Integrity
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Credibility is hard for a leader to establish but easy to lose, writes a management consultant.

To Get More Done, Slow Down
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders who work at a harried pace are inefficient and ineffective in their roles, says an executive coach.

Leaders Should Embrace Humility
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Employees who observe selfless behavior from their managers report being more innovative, according to new research.

Don't Get Caught Up with Busywork
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders are often so busy completing day-to-day tasks that they don’t take time to think creatively about how to solve larger work-related problems, says a time-management specialist.

Big Marketers on Campus
CURRENTS Article A growing cadre of high-level marketing professionals is moving from the private sector to higher education. Many of these recent arrivals are assuming new cabinet-level positions, reflecting not only the growing acceptance of marketing in higher education but a rising emphasis on sophisticated market research as institutions strive to differentiate themselves in a tough environment—and at a time when the cost and the value of a college degree face unprecedented scrutiny.

Mistakes to Avoid when Finding a Mentor
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article A leader can improve his or her career by finding the right mentor, say executive coaches.

Recover from Workaholism
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Some leaders may not recognize themselves as workaholics, especially if they’re so consumed by work that they don’t allow time for reflection, says a time management specialist.

Odds and Ends: Leading Lady
CURRENTS Article In this interview, Dawn Dekle, president of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, discusses the challenges of being the first woman to lead an Iraqi university.

The Student Becomes the Teacher
CURRENTS Article San Francisco University High School's 5-year-old teaching fellowship program is an alumni perk that allows graduates to explore a career as an independent school educator.

Habits Successful People Avoid After Hours
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can reduce their stress levels by planning some downtime before they go home, say time management experts.

All Leaders Should Live by a Code
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders who develop and hold themselves to a code of conduct are better role models for their staff, writes a management consultant.

Plan Ahead to Enjoy Time Away from the Office
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article People who don’t adequately prepare to take a vacation could return to work feeling stressed, says a time management expert.

How to Manage Non-Direct Reports
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers should communicate clearly when assigning work to someone who doesn’t report directly to them, says a leadership expert.

Avoid This Productivity Killing Habit
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Many workers perform some sort of “transition ritual,” such as checking email or social networks, to help themselves regain focus after they are interrupted at work, says a time management specialist.

Stop Thinking Everything is Urgent
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should challenge the assumption that all work tasks or assignments need to be carried out quickly, says a management consultant.

Evade Second-Hand Stress
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Simply being near a colleague who is stressed can trigger the stress response of others in the office, says a psychologist.

The Consequences of Working Overtime
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Spending too much time at work can hurt a leader’s personal life and professional career, says a time management guru.

Learn from Deficient Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article New managers should avoid the behavior of difficult bosses, says a management expert.

Scientifically Verified Ways to De-Stress
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Social scientists have identified some simple, proven ways to reduce stress at work.

Self-Awareness is Key for Leadership Growth
Article,  BriefCASE Article Advancement leaders who better understand their own personalities are more effective in their jobs, says an expert in organizational behavior and a plenary speaker at this summer’s CASE Europe Annual Conference.

How to Overcome Procrastination
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Workers can adopt several strategies to make themselves work when they don’t want to, says a social psychologist.

Managing across a Generation Gap
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Younger bosses who manage older employees should avoid making age a factor in their leadership, says a management adviser.

Promotions Should Change Managers
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who are promoted to more senior roles need to adjust their management style to cope with the new challenges, says one leadership authority.

Leadership Lessons from Olympians
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Olympic athletes achieve their goals by learning to focus, relax and have confidence in their abilities, says a management expert, who recommends all leaders follow suit to achieve success.

Simple Steps to Better Leadership
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who make minor adjustments in their behavior can improve their performance and that of their teams, says a management authority.

Suggestions for Creating Work-Life Balance
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders who work all the time—and don’t prioritize their personal happiness and mental health—will likely not achieve the professional success they’ve envisioned, says a time management expert.

Ego-Driven Leadership is becoming Obsolete
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Executives of the future need to build strong teams and share leadership, says a management consultant.

Meditation Creates Self-Aware Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Meditation can help managers understand themselves and their coworkers better, says a business school professor.

Taking Over from an Ineffectual Team Leader
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who take over an existing team from an underperforming leader must be prepared to remedy any lingering conflict and stress, says an organizational psychologist.

Salvage a Troubled Project
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article A manager can save a floundering work project by acting at the first sign of trouble, says a project management expert.

Learn to Delegate
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article New managers can master the art of delegation by following a few simple steps, says a nonprofit leadership specialist.

How to Accomplish Long-Term Goals
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers can make lasting, positive contributions to their organizations by setting aside time to achieve them, says a psychologist.

Less is More for Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers should exercise more restraint in their leadership to ensure they focus on the work that matters most to their organizations, says a management expert.

Overcome Leadership Isolation
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Executives are often surrounded by an inner circle of individuals who shield them from critical news and opinions, says a leadership consultant.

Odds and Ends: The Thin Line Between Life and a Life Sentence
CURRENTS Article Two men with the same name, Wes Moore, have followed two different paths in life. One is a Rhodes Scholar, an author, and an educational advocate. The other is serving a life sentence for murder. This Q-and-A with author Wes Moore reveals his insights about how education shaped his future.

Simple Solutions aren't Always Best
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Not every work problem has a simple solution, says a leadership consultant.

Learn How to Embrace Success
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Research shows that many workers don’t feel deserving when they succeed; however, there are ways to overcome what psychologists call “imposter syndrome.”

Ready a New Manager's Survival Kit
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article New leaders should ensure they have the skills to survive the transition from team member to manager, says a leadership consultant.

Managers Often Unaware of What Stresses Workers
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article A new survey shows distinct differences in how employers and employees view stress in the workplace.

Finish the Year Strong
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers should develop a plan to accomplish their most pressing goals before the end of the year, says a management expert.

Why Activity Doesn’t Always Equal Productivity
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Just because managers and employees are busy around the office doesn’t always mean they are getting the most important work done, says an executive coach.

To De-stress at Work, Accept What You Cannot Change
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The key for managers and their employees to manage workplace stress is for them to understand what they can control, says a career coach.

Odds and Ends: At the Head of the Table
CURRENTS Article In this Q-and-A with Patty Stonesifer, the new CEO of Martha's Table in Washington, D.C., talks about how volunteerism was part of her upbringing and how she's bringing the business practices she honed at Microsoft and the Gates Foundation to fight poverty and hunger in the nation's capital.

Office Space: Steering a Multigenerational Team to Success
CURRENTS Article Leadership experts say today's workforce is more generationally diverse than ever before. Managers must balance changing workplace expectations with employees shaped by very different experiences and perspectives. This article discusses strategies for managing a multigenerational office.

Talking Points: Is Career Services Out of Service?
CURRENTS Article Colleges and universities need to do more than simply help seniors secure their first jobs after graduation; they should help students become employable for life. Everyone on campus must take part in creating a new ecosystem for this purpose.

Advancement’s Work Is Never Done
CURRENTS Article Worker burnout is one of the lingering side effects of the Great Recession as organizations continue do more with less. Advancement is no exception. Development consultant Karen Osborne shares work-life balancing strategies that vice presidents and foundation leaders use, or should use, to manage their time and minimize staff and volunteer fatigue.

Overbearing Leaders Hurt Employee Performance
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Aggressive bosses may be hindering their team’s success, according to a study.

Be Self-Confident as a New Leader
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article People promoted to advancement leadership positions should act and lead as if they’ve had a senior position before, says a CASE faculty member.

The Best Leaders are Tough and Nice
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who are both strong and congenial engage their employees most, according to research.

How to 'Get in the Zone' at Work
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers and employees can greatly improve their productivity by changing the way they approach work tasks, says a psychology researcher.

Career Cliffhanger
CURRENTS Article Women hold a growing percentage of leadership positions in higher education but remain a confounding minority at the highest levels, according to recent studies.

Take a Vacation the Right Way
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can make the most of their time off by ensuring it is restorative, according to research.

Leading Amid Uncertainty
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The best leaders are able to survive and thrive in times of uncertainty by looking for opportunities, says a management consultant.

Embrace Time-Saving Activities
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can generate more free time by adopting a few key habits, according to productivity research.

How to Manage Someone You Don't Like
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should make sure that they manage all employees fairly, including those who they may not like personally, say two researchers.

Succeed as a First-Time Boss
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article New managers must cultivate new skills to be a successful leader, says a management expert.

Improved Posture Improves Performance
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who adopt certain body poses can boost their confidence and assertiveness, according to research.

Don't Lead with Too Much Optimism
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers with an overly optimistic outlook on a project may be thwarting their team’s successful completion of it, says a leadership consultant.

A Different Kind of Homecoming
CURRENTS Article Alumni who become presidents of their alma maters often take their posts to preserve, improve, and expand the best aspects of their own undergraduate experiences for future generations. While memories of yesteryear shape only part of these presidents' executive goals and actions, elements of their undergraduate days help them lead their institutions more effectively, in advancement and other areas.

Office Space: Inside the Minds of Donors
CURRENTS Article A former adult educator turned development leader discusses how she adapts an online assessment instrument used in adult education to better understand her donors by discovering how they prefer to learn and process information. She also explains how she has used the tool—Assessing The Learning Strategies of AdultS—to gauge her own strengths and learning style as well as those of her staff, colleagues, and board members.

Patience is a Leadership Virtue
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Patient leaders are seen by their employees as more compassionate and open-minded, says a management expert.

Executives Shouldn't Fear Coaching
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders who embrace coaching are able to develop their skills in critical areas such as conflict resolution and team building, according to new research.

Leader, Know Thyself
Article,  Community College News Article By understanding their personal leadership characteristics, community college advancement professionals can improve their work performance, says a talent management expert.

Build a Strong To-Do List
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders drafting a to-do list should start every item with a verb to ensure that the list gets done, says a time management expert.

Don't Hinder Worker Productivity
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The everyday habits of some managers may be causing stress and impeding their staff's work progress, says an entrepreneur.

Give a Great Handshake
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Learning the etiquette of a proper handshake can build a manager’s self-confidence and reputation, says a body language expert.

Leadership Lessons from the Boxing Ring
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article A manager who took up boxing says he has learned a number of leadership lessons that readily apply in the boardroom.

Do Important Work First
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should devote their mornings to completing their most important tasks of the day, says a manager.

Avoid the Pitfalls of Overconfidence
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Confidence is an essential leadership trait. But leaders should avoid being overconfident as this can get them and their institutions into trouble, says a business professor.

Nighttime Rituals for a Better Tomorrow
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders who want to be their best at work in the morning must prepare the night before, says an executive coach.

Lead like Socrates
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article To become better leaders, managers should mimic the ancient Greek philosopher and ask better questions of themselves and their colleagues, says a communications professional.

What Makes a Strong Internship Program
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The best internships offer valuable networking opportunities and practical work experience, says a management expert.

Avoid Productivity-Destroying Email Habits
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers need to be aware of unhelpful email practices, says a leadership expert.

Maximize Your Webinar Experience
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Employees should avoid multi-tasking when listening to webinars to get the most out of these online presentations, says a researcher.

What Leaders Can Learn from Athletes
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Like professional athletes, leaders should learn to pace themselves so they don’t burn out physically and mentally, says a wellness expert.

Habits of Effective Mentors
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Mentors can strengthen their relationships with their mentees by talking about their own struggles, say researchers.

Humility is an Important Leadership Skill
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should be diplomatic about how they assert their authority, says the former chief executive of technology giant Honeywell.

Don't Hide Your Mistakes
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Successful leaders make sure that everyone knows when they make a mistake, says Dick Costolo, chief executive of Twitter.

Helping Causes Helps Careers
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should donate their time to a cause that they are passionate about, say management experts.

Leading Other Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article When leading a group of colleagues who are also leaders—such as a board or administrative team—managers must maximize the group’s strengths without yielding control, says an entrepreneur.

Remember Anyone’s Name
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Learning someone’s name is the first step to showing respect and building a meaningful relationships, says a communications expert.

Minimize Damage when a Deadline is Missed
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who don’t handle missed deadlines appropriately can damage their careers, say leadership consultants.

Fix What's Making You Chronically Late
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Understanding the root causes of "lateness" can help workers improve their punctuality, says a time management coach.

Survive a Nitpicking Boss
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Employees and managers don’t have to let hypercritical supervisors make their work life miserable, says a professional counselor.

Overcome the Pressures of Leadership
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article The way managers respond to pressure reveals the strength of their character and conviction, says a leadership advisor.

Don’t Be Shy at Conferences
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Sitting in the front row at a conference improves attendees’ focus on presentation material and their chances of meeting speakers, says a networking expert.

Bad Language Reflects Bad Leadership
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders who use curse words are projecting their inability to handle difficult situations, say management professionals.

Social Media Use Can Boost Worker Efficiency
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article New research shows that employees who are encouraged to use social media to accomplish work are more productive.

Fix Bad Management Behaviors
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers sometimes have habits that, unbeknown to them, frustrate employees, says a leadership expert.

Remove These Items from Your Desk
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Simple office supplies can disrupt some employees’ workflow, says a professional organizer.

Be an Inspiring Mentor
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Serving as a mentor is an honor but the role comes with great responsibility, says an entrepreneur.

Study: Presidential Pipeline Slow to Change
Article,  BriefCASE Article A new study shows slight increases in the age and gender diversity of senior administrators in positions that often lead to the presidency.

How to Succeed as a New Manager
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article New managers can excel from day one by taking cues from their bosses and being respectful to their employees, says a leadership expert.

It's OK to Close Your Office Door
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Good bosses don’t have to be accessible the entire time they are in the office, says a time management expert.

Making Self-Improvement Simple
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers and their employees can master any new skill—from public speaking to using social media to analyzing data—by following a few general rules, say workplace experts.

Talking Points: On Unequal Footing
CURRENTS Article While a degree improves earnings considerably for college graduates, women often do not reap the same financial rewards that men do from their degrees. A 2012 report from the American Association of University Women found that U.S. women working full time one year after college graduation were paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to men in their graduating class. The government, employers, and college women need to take action to bridge this gender gap.

In Her Shoes
CURRENTS Article Each March, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in New Jersey hosts Women We Admire Day. Students inhabit the personas of notable women past and present whose work has improved society.

Odd and Ends: Working with Words
CURRENTS Article This is a Q-and-A column with Will Shortz, crossword editor of The New York Times and NPR puzzle master.

Encourage Networking Within Your Organization
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article One company believes it has an ingenious solution to bridge departmental silos: randomly match employees for lunch dates.

Preserve a Planning Period
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers and their employees should spend an hour every day planning their work, says a time management expert.

Lead with Grace
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Some managers focus so much on showing assertiveness and strength that they forget to be gracious, says an entrepreneur.

Accomplish More by Doing Less
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article To realize their goals, leaders should create a not-to-do list, says a creativity coach.

How to Manage a Team of Former Peers
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Transitioning from peer to boss needn't be awkward, says a leadership expert.

Make Proper Introductions
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should follow several guidelines when introducing professional colleagues, say networking experts.

Be a Creative Problem Solver
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Creative people aren’t born; they’re made, says an executive coach.

Improve Your LinkedIn Experience
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can get more from LinkedIn this year by making several resolutions, says a networking expert.

How to be a More Assertive Leader
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Assertiveness is an essential management skill that can be learned, says a career coach.

What Leaders Should Do Before the End of the Year
Advancement Weekly Article The best leaders know how to ensure their employees are happy and motivated for the new year, says an executive coach.

Always Refresh Your To-Do List
Advancement Weekly Article An individual’s to-do list is only worthwhile if tasks are crossed off as often as they are added, say experts on workplace efficiency.

Turn an Unproductive Day Around
Advancement Weekly Article Managers and employees can salvage unproductive workdays with a few simple steps, says a career coach.

Moving from Advancement Leadership to the Presidency
Podcast Hear Robert R. Lindgren from Randolph-Macon College talk about the skills that translate from advancement to institutional leadership. Also, hear what he thinks advancement leaders should consider before making such a career move.

Make the Most of Conference Attendance
Advancement Weekly Article Conference-goers who prepare in advance and make thoughtful choices about how they interact with speakers and attendees can make the experience more rewarding, says a communications professional.

Flubs to Avoid When Networking at a Holiday Party
Advancement Weekly Article Holiday business gatherings are a great opportunity to network, but workers should proceed with caution, say communications gurus.

Speak Up for Your Work
Advancement Weekly Article Managers shouldn’t always believe the old adage that good work will speak for itself, says a leadership coach.

How to Shut Out the World and Get More Done
Advancement Weekly Article Managers can get more done by limiting distracting phone calls and emails from colleagues, says a time management guru.

Guaranteed Ways to Earn Respect
Advancement Weekly Article There are few management skills more important than commanding respect, says a communications expert.

Don’t Pretend You’re All-Powerful
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders should have the courage to admit that some things are simply beyond their control, says an executive coach.

Break Out of a Creative Slump
Advancement Weekly Article When leaders hit a roadblock on a creative project, they should take a break, say leading experts.

Downtime is Important for Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article Managers often don’t leave themselves enough time for self-reflection or self-improvement, says a leadership expert.

Stop Sabotaging Yourself
Advancement Weekly Article Many leaders fall victim to a behavior psychologists call “self-handicapping” in which they anticipate a potential obstacle in their work and then use that as an excuse for poor performance.

How to Successfully Manage Deadlines
Advancement Weekly Article Career development experts say the way that managers handle deadlines can make or break their professional reputation.

Why Being Boring Makes You More Productive
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders should avoid spending too much time making mundane decisions—such as what to wear or what to eat for lunch—so they can focus on decisions that really matter, according to a time management guru.

Gain Time by Volunteering
Advancement Weekly Article New research shows that spending time helping others makes people feel as if they have more time, not less, to accomplish work.

Politely Say No to Extra Work
Advancement Weekly Article Managers whose supervisors give them unmanageable workloads should learn to say no, say time management experts.

Bosses should be Both Managers and Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article Successful managers know how to lead and manage, says a workforce expert.

Finding Tomorrow’s Advancement Leaders
Article,  BriefCASE Article At a recent CASE conference of student alumni associations, foundations and similar organizations, a number of attendees expressed a strong interest in pursuing careers in advancement.

Tips for Leaders with Short Attention Spans
Advancement Weekly Article Running an organization successfully requires managers to pay attention to tasks they love as well as those they hate, says a time-management guru.

How to Build Trust with Employees
Advancement Weekly Article Managers must reveal their professional motives and personal values to build trust with their employees, say two leadership experts.

Why Too Much Positive Thinking can be a Weakness
Advancement Weekly Article New research indicates that leaders with an overly positive management style can put their organizations at risk.

Path to the Profession
CURRENTS Article Where does a development shop find good fundraisers? How do you hold on to them? Those questions and more are answered through an exploration of the latest talent management strategies.

Win-Win-Win
CURRENTS Article This article explores the different ways that institutions large and small do student-alumni mentoring programs and the benefits that the students, alumni, institutions, and represented fields reap.

Office Space: Socialize With Savvy
CURRENTS Article This column gives advice on how to network productively at conferences and business-social events, including reminders about making a good first impression, tips on starting an engaging conversation, and the secret to gracefully ending a conversation that's gone on too long.

Schmooze without Being Sleazy
Advancement Weekly Article The term “schmoozing” doesn’t deserve its bad rap, says a management expert. He says leaders who know how to shoot the breeze build valuable networks.

Don't Share Too Much at the Office
Advancement Weekly Article An executive coach says employees of all ages seem more eager to provide too much personal information at work these days.

Confidence is Key to Career Success
Advancement Weekly Article A new study suggests that the biggest predictor of career success is confidence—not talent, hard work or education.

Learn from Your Management Mistakes
Advancement Weekly Article How managers deal with their own mistakes can reveal a lot about their leadership character and influence how employees view them, says a management expert.

Leadership Lessons from the Peace Corps
Advancement Weekly Article A manager who spent three years in Zambia with the Peace Corps says the experience taught him how to be a well-rounded leader.

Westerners Adjust to Advancement Leadership Positions in East
Article,  BriefCASE Article A growing number of experienced advancement professionals from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom are taking leadership positions at institutions relatively new to the field in the Asia-Pacific region. Their adjustment depends on various factors, says one expert who recently made the move.

The Achilles' Heels of Great Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article A few positive behaviors that managers pick up on their rise to the top may eventually turn into liabilities, says a leadership expert.

Lead Like an Olympian
Advancement Weekly Article The Olympic games offer many lessons for managers looking to strengthen their skill sets, says one long-time observer of the games.

Don't be a Compulsive Networker
Advancement Weekly Article Management experts say there are more leaders compulsively networking—attending too many events and growing their number of online connections with little professional value to show for it.

Good Managers Know How to Do Less
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders who want to be more productive should stop micromanaging their employees and trust them, says a management researcher.

Follow These Essential LinkedIn Etiquette Rules
Advancement Weekly Article To avoid LinkedIn faux pas, “tailor your message, customize your posts and nurture relationships with people you know,” says one social media maven.

Don't Waste Time Being a Busy Manager
Advancement Weekly Article An executive coach says leaders need to stop valuing “busyness” as a positive.

Be More than Your Title at Conferences
Advancement Weekly Article It’s important to represent more than your job title at conferences, says a leadership expert.

Knowing When and When Not to Take a Short Break
Advancement Weekly Article Growing evidence shows that taking regular breaks from work improves productivity and creativity. But just when should you take some time to recharge?

Following Expense Report Etiquette
Advancement Weekly Article How people handle their expenses during business trips says a lot about them as employees, says a management guru.

Signs You're Wasting Time at Work
Advancement Weekly Article Managers often waste time without realizing it, says a time management expert.

Why Hiring Workaholics Doesn't Pay
Advancement Weekly Article Managers shouldn’t want workaholics for employees, says a leadership expert who warns that the disadvantages of having work-obsessed employees far outweigh the benefits.

Leadership Lessons from Queen Elizabeth II
Advancement Weekly Article Following all of the recent pageantry surrounding the Diamond Jubilee, an executive coach says there are some applicable lessons that leaders can learn from Queen Elizabeth II.

Productive Tasks for a Slow Day at Work
Advancement Weekly Article They may not come very often, but slow days at the office are the perfect opportunity to take care of tasks that can better prepare you for the future, says a planning expert.

Boost Your Mental Toughness
Advancement Weekly Article An executive coach says that having the right mentalattitude will lead to better leadership decisions.

Career Tips from the Bard
Advancement Weekly Article William Shakespeare’s plays are full of ideal role models for modern-day leaders in the workplace, writes one leadership expert.

Managing Emotions in the Workplace
Advancement Weekly Article The stigma attached to emotional responses in the workplace compels some managers to bottle up their feelings altogether. But a leadership expert warns that this response clouds thinking, promotes job unhappiness and negatively impacts work performance.

How to De-Stress When Pressed for Time
Advancement Weekly Article Whether managers have five minutes or an hour to spare during a busy workday, there are numerous tactics they can employ to relieve stress, says one time management guru.

Never Miss Another Deadline
Advancement Weekly Article Authorities on time management say it’s possible for busy managers to get all of their tasks done—on time, every time—by better structuring their workload.

Face-to-Face Bests Social Networking
Advancement Weekly Article A communication expert says that leaders who focus solely on e-networking can hurt their chances to advance their careers and impair their social skills.

The Dangers of Being Too Smart
Advancement Weekly Article A leadership guru says that know-it-all managers can anger colleagues and slow down the progress of their organizations.

Slow Down to Avoid Bad Decisions at Work
Advancement Weekly Article New research says that managers who work too fast and rush into decisions are more likely to make selfish and unethical choices.

On the Road Again
CURRENTS Article Should you stay at a prospective donor's home? Should you accept the luxury upgrade when the rental car company offers it? Veteran fundraisers answer these questions and more while sharing their tips from getting to Donor A to Donor B with one's sanity intact.

Leadership Lessons from Yoga
Advancement Weekly Article An executive coach says that, in addition to its physical and mental health benefits, yoga can help managers learn certain leadership lessons.

Learn to Network Beyond Conferences
Advancement Weekly Article Networking doesn’t have to be a trying experience, and there’s no reason why it should be confined to professional conferences, writes a management blogger.

Boredom Can Fuel Creativity
Advancement Weekly Article Some of the best solutions to work and life problems come when people take “creative pauses” to think about ideas that "no one else has stopped to think about,” says a management expert.

What Makes Chief Advancement Officers Tick?
Article,  BriefCASE Article Self-awareness is one of 14 competencies that successful chief advancement officers have in common, according to two fundraising experts who will share their research findings in an upcoming CASE Online Speaker Series.

Assertiveness is Key to Leadership
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders should be more assertive, according to one management expert, who believes assertiveness magnifies other leadership strenghts.

Always Have a Work Contingency Plan
Advancement Weekly Article The best-laid plans to complete work tasks often go awry. One time management specialist offers some contingency plans for these situations.

Volunteering Helps Develop Leadership Skills
Advancement Weekly Article One of the best ways to learn to become a leader is by making a commitment to a cause through volunteer service, writes a leadership expert.

To Get More Done, Learn to Say 'No'
Advancement Weekly Article Sometimes time management is more about deciding what not to do than what to do, according to one leadership guru.

Office Space: Stepping into a Leadership Role
CURRENTS Article Laurie Houck is new to her job as a vice president for development and alumni relations and reflects on what is most important in the first 100 days of a new job.

Ways Spring Fever Can Boost Productivity
Advancement Weekly Article The arrival of nice weather provides an opportunity to change routines and boost your productivity in unexpected ways, says one management writer.

Leaders Should be Global Citizens
Advancement Weekly Article Given how interconnected and international the workforce has become, it is increasingly important for organizational leaders to be global citizens and understand the importance of cultural nuances, write two management experts.

The Benefits of Keeping a Job Journal
Advancement Weekly Article Everyone—including managers—should keep a day-to-day log of all of their activities and interactions at work, says one career expert.

Improving Executive Presence
Advancement Weekly Article Executive presence is not an innate quality. Rather, it’s a set of learned skills that can enable managers to command attention, says one leadership expert.

Tips for Personal Leadership Development
Advancement Weekly Article To be a great leader, you must be a continual learner, writes one management guru.

Discourage Office Interruptions
Advancement Weekly Article Many managers have at least one employee who enjoys popping by their offices to discuss every aspect of his or her work. Sometimes, such visits are important, but many times they are productivity killers for both parties, writes one manager.

To Be More Inventive, Think Like a Child
Advancement Weekly Article New research suggests there are methods of thinking that anyone can adopt to come up with more creative ideas.

Why Great Leaders Should be like Philosophers
Advancement Weekly Article It is important for managers to have a leadership philosophy that guides all of their actions, says one management expert, who adds that these leaders can put that philosophy into practice in a few simple steps.

How to Be More Decisive
Advancement Weekly Article Managers should be able to make decisions in a timely manner without being paralyzed by the fear of making a mistake, say a handful of leadership gurus.

Being the Most Memorable Person in the Room
Advancement Weekly Article By truly embodying a few simple principles, leaders can have an incalculable impact on the people around them, writes one management expert.

Training Yourself to Focus
Advancement Weekly Article New psychiatric research reveals that people can train their brain to ignore distractions—making them more focused, creative and productive at work.

Build an Anti-Stress Arsenal
Advancement Weekly Article Managers may not always have control over the demands of their job, but they do have control over themselves and their immediate surroundings.

Communication Runs Through It
CURRENTS Article In this article, Tom S. Landrum, the senior vice president for external affairs at The University of Georgia, traces his career path in advancement from his first job in public relations more than 35 years ago to his appointment to the top advancement job in 2008 and discusses how his background in communications has affected his views on how development, alumni relations, and communications work together.

Good Leaders are like Meteorologists
Advancement Weekly Article We rely on the expertise of meteorologists to tell us everything about the weather—from whether we’ll need an umbrella tomorrow to how much we can expect to perspire on the weekend. One management blogger says many employees look to their organizational leaders for similar foresight.

What to Consider before Becoming a Mentor
Advancement Weekly Article It can be rewarding to be a mentor. Still, managers can’t take every young upstart under their wings. They must be discerning for the relationship to prove successful.

Why Leaders Need a Sense of Humor
Advancement Weekly Article Humor and humility appear to go hand in hand, says a management guru who believes these attributes help self-confident leaders keep their feet on the ground and their egos in check.

Minorities Still Underrepresented in Advancement Leadership
Article,  BriefCASE Article Professionals of diverse backgrounds still face a “glass ceiling” with respect to securing leadership positions in educational advancement but participants of the recent Minority Advancement Institute say progress is being made.

When to Reveal Your Decision-Making Process
Advancement Weekly Article Sometimes it pays to show the hard work and drama that went into making a management decision while at other times it may be better to simply make a pronouncement. How should you determine which to do?

How to Get out of a Leadership Rut
Advancement Weekly Article Some managers can get comfortable playing things safely and stop investing in their own personal growth and development. They, essentially, become a leader in title only. Sound familiar?

Social Media Faux Pas to Avoid
Advancement Weekly Article Making sure you tweet, post or blog appropriate content on social networks takes time and consideration. However, the extra effort is well worth it as the wrong post could get you or your organization in trouble.

Take Time to Tune Out
Advancement Weekly Article Responding to demands from workers, German automaker Volkswagen recently decided to stop email service to its BlackBerry-using employees a half-hour after their shift ends—and restore it 30 minutes before their shift starts the next day. A New York Times columnist says more organizations should encourage employees to “switch off” and “curb the twitchy reflex to check email every couple of minutes.”

Manager's Special: Most Popular Stories of 2011
Advancement Weekly Article Want to know what’s been keeping your fellow managers up at night? Advancement Weekly celebrates its six-month anniversary by counting down its top five most-read stories.

What Highly Productive People Do
Advancement Weekly Article Want to be more productive and regain your focus? It’s simple. Stop multitasking, says one project management expert.

Office Space: How Heaven Has Changed
CURRENTS Article Jeffrey Lott, longtime editor of the Swarthmore College Bulletin, offers some parting advice, remembrances, and a few things he'll be glad to be rid of in this essay that looks back at his experiences over the past 20-plus years.

Managing Up
CURRENTS Article When institutional leaders lay out unrealistic fundraising expectations, it helps to educate them about the unique fundraising needs and approaches of your institution.

Don't Let Email Ruin Your Holiday Break
Advancement Weekly Article The holiday break is almost here for many managers. Now is the time to establish an email strategy for the upcoming break.

Maintaining Your Cool as a Manager
Advancement Weekly Article Managers are constantly being watched by their employees, and so it behooves them to keep their cool, especially when the going gets tough.

The Best Way to Start and Finish Your Day
Advancement Weekly Article One executive career coach says managers should begin their day with a plan and end it with a recap.

Habits to Avoid at Conferences
Advancement Weekly Article Conferences are a great place to share knowledge and network. But conference attendees who engage in certain bad habits can fail to take advantage of the resources surrounding them—and are sure to garner the ire of fellow attendees.

How to Recover Lost Time
Advancement Weekly Article Have you ever arrived on time for an office meeting that started 10 minutes late? Been stood up by someone who forgot she had a lunch meeting with you? Had a flight or train delayed? There are ways to take advantage of this “lost” time—if you’re prepared.

Signs You Are Overworked
Advancement Weekly Article There are times when it’s obvious you need a break. But most of the time, you find out too late and hit a wall. In cases like these, it can take days and even weeks to recover lost enthusiasm, creativity and motivation on the job.

How to Manage Luck
Advancement Weekly Article Are great organizations and their leaders just luckier than the rest? A new study finds it’s actually what they do with the luck they get that helps explain their success.

Charisma is a Teachable Trait
Advancement Weekly Article Charisma is a valuable though sometimes elusive quality in leadership. It’s commonly thought that this trait is something you either have or you don’t. But a new study suggests that the trait is not as intangible as once thought and can be taught.

Characteristics of Ineffective Leaders
Advancement Weekly Article Many organizations suffer from a recognition problem, according to one management guru—they can’t recognize good leaders from bad ones.

Odds and Ends: Breaking Through
CURRENTS Article In this interview with Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. military's first black female combat pilot, she discusses her experience with creating a culture of teamwork and mutual respect, the challenges of keeping people who work for large organizations engaged, and how higher education can help veterans as well as be helped by their experience.

Tied but Not Bound
CURRENTS Article Alumni leaders who have worked for their alma mater and another institution (or two) offer insight on both experiences.

The Likability of Managers
Advancement Weekly Article Do leaders have to be liked by their subordinates to be effective? A study suggests that managers should strive for a happy medium when it comes to being assertive in the workplace.

Leadership is like Riding a Bike
Advancement Weekly Article There’s more to competitive cycling than meets the eye. And one leadership expert says there’s plenty managers can learn from those who compete in endurance races like the Tour de France.

Introverted vs. Extroverted Managers
Advancement Weekly Article Is it better to be an introverted or extroverted manager? According to a new study, it depends on the makeup of your staff.

How to Network Smarter
Advancement Weekly Article Two management researchers say the old adage “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is true. Still, they note that the quality of the individuals in a manager’s professional network trumps the quantity of them.

Multitasking Managers Make Better Decisions
Advancement Weekly Article New research suggests that managers who concentrate on one task at a time until it’s finished may be shortchanging their organizations. In certain circumstances, managers perform better when they embrace everyday interruptions—from ill-timed phone calls to colleagues popping into their offices.

Outlook: Renter or Owner?
CURRENTS Article Scott Nichols, senior vice president for development and alumni relations at Boston University, stresses the need for advancement professionals to be profession bound rather than institution bound. He argues that those in advancement must embrace change, seek education outside of their field, and hire staff members who bring different perspectives and skills to the team.

The Leadership Ladder
CURRENTS Article How will you acquire the skills necessary to be a leader in our profession or a leader on your current team? An alumni relations leader reflects on the experiences that prepared her for leadership.

Taking Advice from Colleagues
Advancement Weekly Article A new study reports that managers in powerful positions tend to dismiss others' advice when making decisions. The researchers warn that they do so to their own detriment.

How to Ask Questions Well
Advancement Weekly Article Instead of making assumptions, managers should know how to probe the thought processes of their subordinates, colleagues and bosses to make better decisions at work.

How to Come Back from Vacation
Advancement Weekly Article Rushing back to work can negate the benefits of vacation. Here are some tips to help you manage the transition from beach to campus.

Etiquette for Eating at Your Desk
Advancement Weekly Article More managers and their employees are eating at their desks to stay productive. It could be good for office efficiency, but is it driving your co-workers crazy?

Don't be a Conference Wallflower
Advancement Weekly Article Fall conference season is just around the corner. This is no time to be shy, writes one management expert.

Looking and Acting Like a Leader
Advancement Weekly Article Effective managers talk the talk and walk the walk. They give off an aura of leadership. But gaining this skill doesn’t have to be easier said than done.

Acto de equilibrio
CURRENTS Article Este artículo analiza los esfuerzos que colegios, universidad y escuelas independientes han hecho para ayudar a sus empleados a lograr un equilibrio entre su vida y el trabajo, y de cómo los esfuerzos se han expandido de tal forma que han incluido áreas de salud y bienestar dentro de las instituciones. También se analizan las dificultades que siguen existiendo en la implementación de programas, incluyendo el cambio de mentalidad para darse cuenta de que no llevar un equilibrio entre la vida y el trabajo afecta a todos. El artículo incluye los resultados del “2011 CASE Compensation Survey regarding benefits offered at respondents' institutions.”

Office Space: The Art of Working Effectively
CURRENTS Article In this article, author and advancement professional Rob Crawford reflects on his 10-year-plus effort to manage his time and his workload more effectively and productively. The valuable lessons he has gleaned from management books as well as his own experiments offer useful advice for those looking to improve their work habits.

Getting There
CURRENTS Article Women make up two-thirds of the advancement workforce but still lag men in leadership positions and pay. At the same time, the overrepresentation of women in advancement raises concerns about what the lack of gender diversity may mean for the profession.

Balancing Act
CURRENTS Article This article looks at the efforts that colleges, universities, and independent schools have made to help employees improve their work-life balance, how advancement employees see the issue in general as well as within their respective institutions, and how efforts have expanded to include areas such as health and wellness. It also examines what challenges remain in implementing programs, including changing the mindset to realize that work-life balance issues affect everyone. The article includes results from the 2011 CASE Compensation Survey regarding benefits offered at respondents' institutions.

Office Space: Mentoring Matters
CURRENTS Article In this article, Raina Lenney discusses the role a mentor can play in your career, what a person should consider when looking for a mentor, how to go about looking for a mentor, and how having mentors has been a benefit to her personally and professionally.

Outlook: New Directions
CURRENTS Article As education and advancement leaders are exhorted to be more open, they fret about letting go of control. What leaders need to accept to succeed in today's social media landscape is that they are no longer in control (and probably never really were to the degree they thought).

Office Space: Backing the Brand
CURRENTS Article This article discusses the Communicator Certificate Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Run by the institution's university relations department, the program is a series of professional development workshops designed for full-time employees who are involved in managing and communicating the Rutgers brand. The program is also open to any full-time or part-time staff member who wants to learn more about the university. A recent assessment of the program found that it is achieving its goals, making for more coordinated and effective campus communication.

Office Space: Investing in Your Own
CURRENTS Article This article looks at an internal professional development program in the Division of Development and Alumni Relations at Bucknell University. Such a program can not only help retain staff, but also help ensure they have the skills your institution values. In addition, these initiatives empower staff to contribute to one another's professional development, encourage collaboration, and acknowledge the skills and expertise within your office.

Research Shows Growing Link between Education, Employment
Article,  BriefCASE Article New analysis by the Brookings Institution shows a growing employment disparity between individuals in the United States with a post-secondary degree and those without one.

Presidents from Advancement
Good Question Do you know if there's a list of college and university presidents who have come from advancement positions?

At the Fundraising Core: Strategic Public Relations in Fundraising Practice
White Paper This CASE white paper reports on a study exploring the views of chief fundraising executives about the relationship between public relations and fundraising. The research focused on how chief fundraisers define public relations; how they use public relations tactics and strategies in fundraising; and what they identify as the essential skills, training or academic degrees a fundraiser needs to be successful.

Office Space: Pay It Forward
CURRENTS Article Few development offices offer internships. The author, himself an intern, makes the case for why they're beneficial to the institution and the profession and describes a few existing successful internship programs.

The Secret Talents of Fundraisers
CURRENTS Article A large but unknown number of fundraisers have backgrounds in the performing arts and have redirected their creativity and passion into development. The many artistically talented fundraisers interviewed in this article talk about how the skills they honed pursuing artistic endeavors inform their fundraising today.

An Inspiring Life's Work
CURRENTS Article One of the pioneers of educational fundraising, David Dunlop discusses ultimate gifts and the personal qualities of successful development officers in this interview. He shares similar insights annually as a faculty member of the Inspiring the Largest Gifts of a Lifetime conference.

Tips for Managing Your Personal and Professional Networks Online
Article,  BriefCASE Article Should you friend your boss on Facebook? Can you tweet about your "Survivor" obsession? Just how funny can you be when you are the voice of your institution? Attendees at the Social Media and Community conference in Chicago last week grappled with these sorts of questions as they weighed how best to manage their personal and professional networks online.

Office Space: Everyone On Board
CURRENTS Article Creating a process for new employees to feel connected to the school can be integral to their success.

Destination: Alumni Relations
CURRENTS Article Historically, within advancement there has been a view that alumni relations is a good starting point—a place to cut your teeth before you move on to the “real” work of development or communications. Of course, that’s not true, either now or in the past. Increasingly today, with the growing and sophisticated skill set alumni professionals need to get the job done, alumni relations has become a destination career rather than a stop along the way.

Considering a Job in Fund Raising?
Jeffrey A. Schoenherr
Article This article, from the Nov. 20, 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education, discusses the outlook for jobs in educational fundraising and provides tips for those interested in entering the field. CASE shares this article with permission from the author.

Screen Tests
CURRENTS Article Conferences and colleagues can provide some guidance, but sometimes it’s best to turn to that age-old source of truth and wisdom—television. Alumni professionals might be surprised at the lessons they can learn from reality television and game shows.

Career Path: Acting Your Age
CURRENTS Article A young fundraiser discusses what life is like as a development professional. Once you know the challenges a young person faces, perhaps you can encourage your own employees.

Odds and Ends: Father Time
CURRENTS Article The author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People discusses time management, leadership, and leaving a legacy.

Career Path: The Mommy Track
CURRENTS Article A director of university relations finds a better fit at her institution when the birth of her second child makes her want to slow the pace a bit.

Office Space: A-Maze-ing Grace
CURRENTS Article Although team-building activities might not be for everyone, they can cement relationships across advancement in new ways.

Career Path: Breaking With the Law
CURRENTS Article After working as a lawyer, this author finds that law and development have a lot in common. He examines how a law degree can help while working in advancement.

Closing Remarks: Mind the (Gender) Gap
CURRENTS Article This column looks at the persistent gender gap in salary and compensation within the advancement field and suggests what might be done to correct it.

Time to Rethink Alumni Leadership?
CURRENTS Article How institutions choose their alumni leaders is changing, and that's probably for the best.

Talent Sprouts
CURRENTS Article Development offices across the world are in need of more suitable candidates. Students are a convenient resource just waiting to be tapped.

A Growing Field
CURRENTS Article As demand increases for experienced advancement professionals, recruiters in the UK have looked to North America to fill the gap. Some have made a successful transition overseas; others have not.

Career Path: Admiring the 'View
CURRENTS Article Interviewing for a job is an inevitable part of the professional world. However, what happens when the interview doesn't land a job? You may be surprised to find that it can still lead to positive results.

Advance Work: Multifaceted Field
CURRENTS Article A question on the CASE 2007 Salary Survey asked respondents to list the certificates and advanced degrees they have earned. The results were very varied.

Career Path: History Lesson
CURRENTS Article A fundraiser has found that her background in the university archives has helped her relate to donors and prospects. She recommends that all development officers forge a relationship with the campus archivist.

Career Path: In My Life
CURRENTS Article An alumni relations director talks about the similarities between student recruitment and alumni relations. Both disciplines are frequently misunderstood, and the skills required to do both well are similar.

Career Path: The Perfect Fit
CURRENTS Article Sometimes a person outside of the field can make the best leader. That's what happened when a marketing professional became the head of the foundation of a large community college system.

Career Path: On the Other Side
CURRENTS Article No matter the size of the organization, development work is at its core the same. It's a matter of figuring out how to work with what you have.

Career Path: The Unexpected Perfect Job
CURRENTS Article A development writer has realized that what he thought would be a stop-gap job until he landed in a communications position is in fact a perfect fit for his skills and aspirations.

Career Path: Stay and Deliver
CURRENTS Article Contrary to current trends, this development professional has stayed at his institution for more than 20 years.

Slice of Life
CURRENTS Article The author of this article describes how she often finds herself somewhat overwhelmed with options that can help her stay current and better serve her institution--listservs, blogs, online publications, print magazines, classes, conferences, and more. And she is not alone. In this article, she describes the best ways for PR people to stay on top of technology-related tools in an ever-changing field. She and other communicators describe what the essentials are to read, review, and attend when time--and money--is limited.

Work in Progress: Get on Top of Your Work Stress
CURRENTS Article Work stress builds, and before you know it you're experiencing health problems and job burnout. The good news is that you don't have to spend hours in the gym. The article describes stretches you can do at your desk in a few minutes and reap the benefits.

Career Path: Familiar Places
CURRENTS Article A former alumni association executive director was promoted to the ranks of advancement leadership. While the scope of the current work is broader, the basic job functions are similar to her job in alumni relations.

Career Path: Going Academic
CURRENTS Article A longtime marketing and PR professional whose career at Procter and Gamble lasted more than 25 years reflects on her current job as a director of communications at an independent school.

Career Path: Extracurricular Experience
CURRENTS Article A professional fundraiser learns a lot about her job and how to do it better by volunteering in her community.

Work in Progress: Passing Up a Promotion
CURRENTS Article Turning down an opportunity to move up in the organization doesn't have to end your career. How you say no is crucial. This article has suggestions for making the decision and delivering it to your boss. You can still contribute, still grow.

Career Path: A Different World
CURRENTS Article After an advancement career in the United States, the author took a development job at an independent school in Paris and finds that the U.S. advancement model is not so easily exported.

Manager's Portfolio: Making a Management Transition
CURRENTS Article Even when you have management experience, you face new staff, a new campus culture, and new challenges when you move to a different institution. This article by an advancement professional in that situation shares his plan and offers some practical tips.

Career Path: A Shift in Perspective
CURRENTS Article An advancment professional with experience in both alumni relations and development thinks the two offices can work together much more effectively than they frequently do.

Career Path: Perception Versus Reality
CURRENTS Article The author of this column sees a lot of people come to higher education fundraising from other careers. Frequently they initially have mistaken ideas of what the job will be like.

Advance Work: Wing Tips
CURRENTS Article Advancement officers often rely on planes, trains, and automobiles to get the job done. This piece offers some travel tips from four of the profession’s biggest road warriors.

Manager's Portfolio: Attract Success
CURRENTS Article You might be able to achieve your goals more easily when you don't focus exclusively on your daily agenda. Be open and respond to serendipitous events. They could lead you to success.

Career Path: Your Next Campaign: You
CURRENTS Article Development professionals already know how to conduct a thorough job search--even if they don't know they know. This article explains how fund raising is similar to looking for a new job and provides tips on how to find the perfect new place of employment.

Career Path: Step by Step
CURRENTS Article Angela Davis is an African American woman and a new advancement professional at Purdue University. How did she end up in a profession that is more than 90 percent Caucasian?

Advance Work: Better to Give Than Receive
CURRENTS Article Avoid international gift-giving gaffes with these tips from Lilya Wagner of Counterpart International.

Career Path: Follow and Leader
CURRENTS Article The author took a sabbatical to raise money for a project close to her heart and learned some important lessons about how to be a good manager.

Manager's Portfolio: Secrets to Powerful Presentations
CURRENTS Article In this article, an experienced presenter gives tips for making your presentations memorable and even moving. Such talks start with practice, are delivered with passion, and end with the audience taking away a call to action.

Career Path: Exiting Center Stage
CURRENTS Article How do you make the transition from volunteer fund raiser and school trustee to director of the new advancement department that supervises the development department you used to support? How do you introduce ways to improve the department? The answer, I have found, is cautiously, delicately, constructively, and, most of all, respectfully.

Manager's Portfolio: Leading by Questioning and Listening
CURRENTS Article Strategic questions can uncover need-to-know information for team motivation and performance

Advance Work: The Networkers' Network
CURRENTS Article Development professionals spend their workdays networking and making connections with people for the advancement of their organizations. In New York City they can do the same activities after work--but for the advancement of their careers. The Young Development Professionals of New York City has more than 75 members from some 20 institutions in the metropolitan area and beyond.

Career Path: Home Again
CURRENTS Article The writer of this article appreciates her work in higher education advancement much more after experiencing the difficulties of fund raising for a social services nonprofit.

Manager's Portfolio: First Close the Door
CURRENTS Article E-mail overload has become all too common. The hundreds of e-mail messages in your inbox aren't really messages anymore--they're broken promises, missed deadlines, and unfinished work. This article provides tips on how to establish routines that ensure you stay on top of things.

Road Warriors
CURRENTS Article This article about GPS (geographic positioning systems)is for advancement professionals who travel to meet with prospects and donors. GPS technology makes travel easier by creating maps with the shortest driving route, and it locates hotels, restaurants, and other travel-related locations. Advancement travelers also can use GPS to facilitate management of their database of names and addresses. Some systems can produce maps with pinpoints where donors or prospects live, with access through the pinpoint to relevant underlying data on those people. The author discusses how to use the technology and reviews several products on the market.

Career Path: Give Piece a Chance
CURRENTS Article Regardless of how you came to the advancement profession, career advancement requires identifying the skills you have and looking for opportunities to acquire the skills you need. Whether it's seeking more responsibilities in your current job, getting training, or finding a new position that will offer growth opportunities, piece by piece your career picture will take shape.

Manager's Portfolio: Defeating "Overwhelm"
CURRENTS Article Everyone seems to be suffering from a daily feeling of being overwhelmed. We feel overwhelmed when we do too much, too fast. This article provides tips on how to say “no” and keep firm boundaries because none of us are superman or superwoman.

Mind Over Manners
CURRENTS Article This article, the second in a two-part series on etiquette, addresses the specifics of dining in settings that include a formal dinner, a banquet, and in a small group at a restaurant or home as well as the proper way to walk down the street, hold open a door, or enter and exit a taxicab.

Career Path: New Times Two
CURRENTS Article Both new to education advancement and creating a new position in the University of Alaska system, a corporate and foundation relations officer describes the unusual career path that brought her to this point and the challenges she faces in getting herself and her office established.

Manager's Portfolio: Meetings Take a Beating
CURRENTS Article Many organizations or departments meet out of habit, which can be a waste of everyone's time. This article addresses how managers can make their meetings more meaningful in less time--or how to avoid them altogether.

Sense and Sensibility
CURRENTS Article Advancement officers constantly must be aware of what they do and say because they represent something bigger than themselves: their institutions. This article is the first in a two-part series designed to help advancement officers use proper etiquette when interacting with donors, alumni, faculty and staff colleagues, and other constituents. Part one documents the history of etiquette and provides a how-to guide for handling many common business and social situations. Part two, to be published in October, will address good table manners and other courtesies.

Career Path: The Road Taken
CURRENTS Article Susan Thurston Kern joined the staff of Illinois State University in 1974, beginning a 31-year career that culminated in a seven-year tenure as vice president for university advancement and ended with her retirement in July 2005. In this column, Kern reflects on her years in advancement--a profession she calls her “true calling”--and the four words that make success possible: learning, linking, leveraging, and loving.

Career Path: Open Mouth, Insert Foot
CURRENTS Article Advancement work is hard enough without having to sidestep the landmines your CEO puts in your path through his or her inappropriate words or actions. As columnist Betty H. Meehan rightly (and wryly) observes, learning how to prevent such situations not only makes advancement professionals more successful, it also keeps them sane. This column suggests strategies for making such success possible.

Manager's Portfolio: On the Ball
CURRENTS Article Elementary school development offices face more challenges every year. How can these small shops handle ever-increasing expectations during a time of belt tightening and greater demands for results? Managers should begin by setting priorities, goals, and objectives as well as the strategies for achieving them. Careful measurement and evaluation will ensure that managers focus on vital fund-raising activities and stay on track toward completion.

Career Path: Feel the Burnout
CURRENTS Article No employee is immune to burnout, an occupational hazard that can threaten the mental and physical health of employees at every level, within every advancement office, and at every type of institution. This column, an adaptation of Audiovision’s “Easy 1” information guide, “Burnout & Job-stress,” identifies the conditions that cause burnout--among them work overload and unfair treatment--and suggests simple strategies workers can employ to minimize their job stress and prevent burnout.

Managers Portfolio: I'm All Ears
CURRENTS Article Listening leadership means to guide yourself and others to positive results by enhanced sensing, interpreting, evaluating, storing, and responding to messages. Unfortunately, great listening is a rare management skill. To build a solid foundation for listening success, advancement managers should understand that listening is a primary communication activity; it’s an innate, learned, and improvable behavior; and that responsible and active listeners are productive listeners. Further, listening leaders constantly strive to improve their skills.

Career Path: Branded for Life
CURRENTS Article It's important to pay attention to--and to shape, as best you can--others' perceptions of your reputation, character, and personality in the same way companies manage their products' identities. This column discusses why managing your personal brand is so important and offers tips to advancement officers who want to build their own brands.

Career Path: You, Magnified
CURRENTS Article Annual performance reviews can be daunting, but employees can minimize their fears by knowing what to expect. The best way to prepare for such evaluations, says Smith College's Amy Holich, is to take stock of one’s accomplishments and failures prior to meeting with management and to plan accordingly for the year ahead. This column describes the self-assessment process Holich follows each year as she tracks and evaluates her own professional progress.

Career Path: Up and In
CURRENTS Article Employees routinely think they are worth more than the salaries they earn, but they don’t necessarily deserve the raises to which they think they are entitled. This column explores the strategies one should employ when trying to negotiate a raise and suggests what to do if the answer is no.

Career Path: Top Down
CURRENTS Article Is it possible for employees to make their bosses happy, advance their own careers, and still look forward to coming to work every day? Warwick--a former university relations officer at Loyola Marymount University, now senior counsel for Phillips & Associates--says it is, if you’re prepared to manage up. This column explains the ins and outs of managing your manager and discusses what to do if managing up isn’t an option.

A Makeover Story
CURRENTS Article In this article, the second of a pair about strategic communications, the author candidly describes the transformation of her career as a communications professional. She starts by recounting the entry of the word “strategic” into the higher education lexicon and then chronicles how embracing the word has shaped her career.

Career Path: One for All and All for One
CURRENTS Article Ask professionals in almost any industry, and many will say they couldn’t have gotten where they are without the steadying hand and experienced wisdom of a mentor. This column explores the power of the mentor-protégé relationship and how mentoring changes us--both personally and professionally.

Career Path: Growing Pains
CURRENTS Article In 2001, Bobbi Burns decided she wanted to pursue a career in development. Looking for on-the-job experience, Burns accepted a part-time development internship in Michigan State University’s College of Engineering. Upon graduation in May 2004, Burns leveraged her internship into a paid position as part of MSU’s two-year Development Associate Program. This column documents her transition from an intern learning the ropes of development into a professional fund raiser tasked with building relationships with young alumni.

AdvanceWork: New Recruits
CURRENTS Article Students can’t pursue a degree in advancement, so how can campuses recruit them to the profession? Practitioners suggest institutions develop formal advancement internship programs or hire student workers. A third option is CASE’s Association of Student Advancement Programs, which provides networking and leadership development opportunities to promote student involvement in education advancement.

Career Path: Partners in Time
CURRENTS Article This column examines life in a dual-CAO household--the challenges, the benefits, and the strategies working parents in advancement must employ to maintain a work-life balance. The author reflects on his relationship with his wife, also a chief advancement officer, and explains how they have leveraged their life partnership into a business partnership. He also discusses some of the challenges they have faced and how they keep their family life front and center.

Career Path: Time Is on Your Side
CURRENTS Article Can flexible scheduling work in an advancement office? The author, now a senior development officer for Denison University, has arranged for modified work schedules--full-time, part-time, and telecommuting--at two different institutions. She explains how she made the case each time and reflects on her experiences.

Career Path: The More You Know
CURRENTS Article What should advancement professionals at all levels and in all disciplines find out in a job interview before accepting the position for which they are interviewing? The author draws on her own experience jumping from a small, private school on the East Coast to a large public school on the West Coast (and back again) to explain why it’s important for job seekers to approach the interview as both a showcase for proving how talented they are and a comprehensive fact-finding mission. The alternative, Holthouser writes, is learning too late that the job--and the institution--are a poor match.

Career Path: Assessing the Assessments
CURRENTS Article Will knowing that you are an ENTP, an Idealist, or a Rock Star really affect your job or career search? Jennifer Rodgers, a certified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, examines the usefulness of personality tests in assessing the match between personality type and advancement position. She argues that the tests' greatest value lies in the awareness they generate--"awareness of what makes you happy and productive … and of when the label fits or is best left behind." Tests examined include the MBTI; the Keirsey Temperament Sorter; Right Job, Wrong Job; the Strong Interest Inventory; and the Ultimate Personality Test.

AdvanceWork: Time Management or Time Wasted
CURRENTS Article Advancement officers who can never find enough hours in the day might want to examine their time management practices. "First Things First" author Stephen Covey proposes a system of four quadrants for dividing work tasks according to their urgency and importance that can help workers identify if they're driven by crises or bogged down by the mundane.

Manager's Portfolio: Hat Tricks
CURRENTS Article Successful chief advancement officers must play numerous campus roles--everything from motivator and manager to pace-setter and major gifts officer. The article identifies the seven characteristics these top professionals need to manage institution CEOs, board members, staff members across campus, and the internal advancement team.

Career Path: Right Profession, Wrong Discipline?
CURRENTS Article Advancement professionals who are dissatisfied with their work and considering a different career should give advancement another look, says the author. Davis argues that "chucking" years of practical experience and a Rolodex full of valued contacts can be terrifying--and is not necessarily the right move.

Overarching Concerns
CURRENTS Article Just as the nature of higher education is changing, so too is the campus presidency. As advancement officers increasingly work closely with campus CEOs, they should be well informed about the demands and new challenges they face.

Career Path: Memoirs of a Moonlighter
CURRENTS Article In spring 2002, Tom Stamp, director of public affairs at Kenyon College, was "itching for a change." The institution had been struggling to fill the vacant director of development position, so Stamp volunteered to step in as acting director for one year. This column documents Stamp’s 18-month experience in the role--the challenges, the successes and failures, and the lessons learned.

Manager's Portfolio: Up Where We Belong
CURRENTS Article Leadership with personality, panache, and--most important--confidence sets the tone for the campus workplace. Determine your management style with a revealing look at the characteristics of insecure bosses and top-flight professionals.

Career Path: The Tortoise and the Hare
CURRENTS Article Every professional will change jobs countless times in his or her career, but making the most of those changes requires careful planning. The author, a career services counselor, suggests that every professional can build a path to career success by developing a strategic plan, setting goals, embracing change, fostering professional connections, diversifying career goals, seeking the advice of trusted colleagues, building transferable skills, leveraging opportunities, and thinking creatively.

Portrait of a Profession
CURRENTS Article How has the entertainment industry characterized the advancement profession? Most film and television portrayals of development professionals rate somewhere between crass caricatures of greedy administrators and more nuanced depictions that poke holes in their integrity. Media portrayals of alumni relations and campus communications officers, meanwhile, are much harder to find. This article highlights some of the films and television programs that have contributed to the public's misperceptions of the advancement profession and asks advancement officers to weigh in on how such depictions impact their own work.

Career Path: When the Clock Winds Down
CURRENTS Article Every professional has a career clock that tells him or her when it is time to move on to the next challenge. It is important to formulate and follow a long-term career plan, refining it where necessary. Understanding career goals and objectives, inventorying skills and experiences, and researching available opportunities are just some of the ways to ensure that your next position is the right one.

Career Path: A Date with Success
CURRENTS Article Busy advancement professionals often neglect professional development activities in favor of more "important" responsibilities. Here are 12 ideas to help even the most overtasked advancement officers squeeze professional development into their daily "to-do" lists.

Manager's Portfolio: Two Months to Think
CURRENTS Article A college vice president describes his two-month administrative leave, which contributed to significant changes in Bates College's alumni relations efforts.

Closing Remarks: Lead Story
CURRENTS Article Campus leaders are the chief storytellers of their institutions. Telling stories—communicating core messages—helps them build trust, maintain integrity, model productive behavior, and set a tone for their campuses. To do so, they must ensure they’re heard amid the din of other communications, practice self-disclosure so others will be open with them, and maintain balance in their roles so their stories and messages convey a broad range of perspectives.

Career Path: Making the Switch
CURRENTS Article Today's advancement professionals should not feel restricted to working in one discipline. Many, in fact, jump from development to alumni relations or communications (or vice versa) with relative ease. The key to success is conducting an honest self-assessment of needs and desires before making the switch.

Manager's Portfolio: My Own Worst Nightmare
CURRENTS Article A college foundation executive concludes that mentoring is a boss's most important responsibility after reflecting on her early work experiences and realizing she resembles a former supervisor who didn't give credence to staff members' ideas or value their enthusiasm.

Career Path: Lessons on Longevity
CURRENTS Article After 38 years in top-level jobs in the business office and in advancement at Anderson University, Ron Moore looks back on his career and offers five lessons in how staying put can improve fund-raising results. This Career Path column is of particular interest to chief advancement officers and development managers, but also managers of advancement services, alumni relations, and communications.

Career Path: Dreamy or Dreary?
CURRENTS Article Advancement officers who may want to switch to consulting should first consider a number of factors, including whether they have marketable experience, a strong network, and realistic salary expectations. They also have to take into account the state of the economy and whether they’re temperamentally suited to an entrepreneurial career. This Career Path column is of interest to fund-raising, communications, advancement services, and alumni officers.

Closing Remarks: Looking for Leaders
CURRENTS Article Even though responsibility for creating an ethical advancement program starts at the top, too many senior leaders are silent about the importance of doing the right thing. This Closing Remarks column spells out basic principles to raise standards and create ethical organizations. The article is of interest to chief advancement officers as well as managers of alumni relations, development, marketing and communications, and advancement services.

AdvanceWork: Sparks and Matches
CURRENTS Article Three married couples who work in advancement tell how they how they met at CASE conferences and juggle two careers.

Career Path: Out of the Shadows
CURRENTS Article Annual giving jobs are no longer mere stepping stones to major gift positions. Instead, annual fund professionals are gaining new respect for their skills with statistics, data mining, market research, customer and volunteer relations, and more. This Career Path column is of interest to annual giving professionals, development managers, and major gift officers.

Career Path: Counter Measures
CURRENTS Article More nonprofits are making counteroffers to avoid losing good workers who are considering new jobs. For advancement officers receiving counteroffers, this article includes strategies for weighing the pros and cons, deciding expeditiously, and accepting or declining counteroffers diplomatically. This Career Path column is of interest to advancement managers and job hunters.

AdvanceWork: Drawing from Experience
CURRENTS Article In this AdvanceWork Q&A, cartoonist and nonprofit staffer Miriam Engelberg shares her experiences that provided inspiration for her comic book, They Came From Planet 501c3.

Closing Remarks: Advancement's Siren Song
CURRENTS Article In this Closing Remarks column, a university editor and publications manager shares her feelings that, although advancement professionals are often underpaid, they are rewarded by a deep sense that what they are doing is important and intrinsically worthwhile. Further, the profession is great fun—especially for editors.

Manager's Portfolio: Five Budget-Busting Myths
CURRENTS Article Your job as a manager is to learn how to negotiate what you need so your programs and staff members can keep up the good work—even in tough times like these. There are five myths you need to overcome if you want to be one of the people who know where the money is.

An Advancement Odyssey
CURRENTS Article In this career perspectives essay, Sobel, director of development for the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, shares his 15-year journey through various positions in communications, development, and alumni relations working for the government, public and private universities, and a top accounting firm.

Continuing and Graduate Education for Advancement
CURRENTS Article The primary challenge in compiling a list of education opportunities for advancement officers is that there is no academic field of "advancement."

Manager's Portfolio: Give Yourself a Checkup
CURRENTS Article Regular self-assessment can be productive for both managers and employees. Louden lists five effective ways for individuals at any level to evaluate their own work.

Turning Over A New Leaf
CURRENTS Article Many campus communications professionals worked in the mass media before taking their current positions in academe. One such refugee shares her reflections on fleeing the fourth estate to become a university magazine editor.

Postcards from the Edge
CURRENTS Article This article features profiles of five professionals who have left advancements to follow their heads and hearts into new careers. They share their answers to this question: Is there life after the vice presidency?

Advancing as an Advancement Officer
CURRENTS Article Nearly 100 U.S. colleges and universities offer graduate programs with a concentration in nonprofit management. Other advancement-oriented programs stem from higher education administration, public administration, or business administration fields. This article includes a list of graduate and certificate programs to help you take the next step along your career path.

Manager's Portfolio: Telling Tales In School
CURRENTS Article Storytelling is a powerful method of communication. Because many managers haven’t harnessed storytelling for its positive purposes, it has become primarily a way for employees to vent their unhappiness and cynicism. But when managers make storytelling a positive force in a work culture, they can have a tremendous impact on their institutions.

Jack of All Trades
CURRENTS Article The success of your transition will rest on your ability to educate yourself and others about what marketing is and how it can work with public relations to benefit your institution. With education and persistence, people from traditional PR backgrounds can be well-positioned to lead the marketing discussion.

A Surprisingly Good Fit
CURRENTS Article Changes in the characteristics of corporate leadership, as well as in management styles in higher education, have wrought a different path to higher education leadership than formerly. Search committees now look for many of the skills a chief advancement officer possesses; seeking the campus presidency may now be a logical next step in a CAO’s career. But beware of the cultural obstacles that can lie in wait.

It's a Matter of Trust
CURRENTS Article The working relationship between the president and the chief advancement officer is one of the closest on campus. A CEO and CAO must develop together a shared, behind-the-scenes perspective to enjoy each other's company and the tasks they undertake together. The keys to a successful working relationship are respect, trust, and a common understanding.

Closing Remarks: Rung Out
CURRENTS Article A former development officer reflects on her hesitation to move up in advancement

AdvanceWork: Leadership Lessons
CURRENTS Article More guiding principles for advancement officers

Tech Support: Become a Portable Powerhouse
CURRENTS Article When advancement officers travel for work, they need to remain connected and productive. The article provides seven steps for building an effective laptop computer system.

AdvanceWork: Leadership Lessons
CURRENTS Article What are the secrets of your success as an advancement leader?

Manager's Portfolio: A Sterling Reputation
CURRENTS Article A good or bad reputation among colleagues can make or break a career in advancement. Image reflects reality, so important steps are building strong one-on-one relationships with coworkers at all levels and engaging in campus life, as well as making the most of chances to connect with the president, trustees, and other key figures.

AdvanceWork: Essential Elements of Leadership
CURRENTS Article Sage advice for chief advancement officers

AdvanceWork: Strong Starts
CURRENTS Article You've heard it all before: Stand up straight, give a firm handshake, dress professionally, and look people in the eye — when culturally appropriate, of course.

Closing Remarks: Leading the Way
CURRENTS Article The Internet is rapidly becoming a dominant medium, and -- as with past revolutions in mass communication -- leaders must develop a corresponding new set of social and organizational skills. These include: 1) an intuitive understanding of the new economy; 2) an ability to manage team processes rather than implement hierarchies; 3) skill in managing relationships; 4) a passion for their product or service; 5) marketing expertise; 6) comfort with technology; 7) a respect for failure.

Closing Remarks: Married to the Job
CURRENTS Article Collins reflects on the ups and downs of being married to another advancement officer.

AdvanceWork: Lead the Follower
CURRENTS Article One mark of a great leader is a willingness to help his or her staffers become exceptional followers, says consultant Robert A. Sevier of Stamats Communications.

Manager's Portfolio: Creating a Leader Culture
CURRENTS Article Beck describes a nonprofit management model suited to volunteer-powered groups such as alumni associations and foundation boards. She explains how organizations can create a collaborative culture based on four factors: participation, communication, direction, and recognition. Organizations can use the model in exercises to analyze the role of leadership and examine institutional culture.

AdvanceWork: On the Road Again?
CURRENTS Article Follow these tips from Working Woman magazine to help contain your lodging expenses.

AdvanceWork: Road Rules
CURRENTS Article An alumni affairs director shares travel tips gained during his first 10 months on the job.

Manager's Portfolio: The Leadership Paradox
CURRENTS Article Institutions want great leaders, but for leaders to be successful, their staff members must be good followers. Sevier lists four key responsibilities of exceptional followers: 1) Speak up when you feel the leader is making a mistake, but do so privately and professionally. 2) Support the leader's final decision. 3) Encourage the leader. 4) Defend the leader, and avoid engaging in public criticism.

Closing Remarks: Feng Shui at Work
CURRENTS Article A former CASE board member tells how rearranging her office helped her reassess her professional goals.

Workshop: New Kid On the Block?
CURRENTS Article The author offers valuable tips for first-time development officers. Visiting recent donors, reviewing your institution’s files on major gift donors, and making the easy ask first are just a few of the pointers offered.

In Advance: Is Your Job on the Line?
CURRENTS Article Seven signs for CDOs that it's time for a change.

In Advance: Straight to the Source
CURRENTS Article Former Indiana State University vice president for university advancement Ed Pease describes his move to the U.S. House of Representatives, and how his advancement experience helps in his new role as a legislator.

In Advance: Hail to the Chief
CURRENTS Article The book, "The Advancement President and the Academy" by Mary Kay Murphy is reviewed.

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