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The Key to a Positive Work Attitude? Resiliency
Article,  Community College News Article For community college advancement professionals to succeed, they must learn to stay positive and productive in the face of change, challenges and uncertainty, says a communications expert.

Small Wins at Office Make Big Difference
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Seemingly mundane workday events can make or break employees’ “inner work lives,” according to the authors of a new management book.

Ways to Reward Your Employees Without Money
Advancement Weekly Article If you’re pinching pennies around the office to meet your budget, then you may not be able to afford to reward your employees financially. Still, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find other creative ways to recognize them for their hard work.

Use a Sticky Note to Improve Persuasion
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Research finds that one of the best ways to get someone to follow through on a work task is to attach a sticky note with a handwritten message to the request.

Know Purpose of Work to Improve Job Motivation
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers and employees can become demotivated if they lack clearly defined personal and professional goals, writes a leadership training specialist.

Employee Engagement: More than Just Checking a Box
Advancement Weekly Article According to Gallup, only 13 percent of employees worldwide are enthusiastic about and committed to their workplaces.

Make Every Team Member an Architect
Advancement Weekly Article Redesigning your office space in 2016? Collaborating with your entire team can make the process smoother, suggests an entrepreneur.

Employee Motivation: What Really Works
Advancement Weekly Article The carrot-and-stick method for motivating employees doesn’t work. What does work is empowering your team to unravel problems, writes a leadership coach.

3 Tips to Master Mindfulness at Work
Advancement Weekly Article Feeling bogged down with bottomless inboxes and overwhelming to-do lists? According to a meditation and leadership scholar, mindfulness can combat stress and dissatisfaction at work. Plus, it can boost decision-making and creativity.

Prevent Burnout with These Steps
Advancement Weekly Article Every manager deals with unmotivated employees but avoiding the issue could result in burnout and ultimately staff turnover. One management expert has advice on how to avoid burnout in the workplace.

What Truly Motivates Employees to Work Hard
Advancement Weekly Article Many managers believe money is the key to motivating workers, but one behavior expert suggests the biggest motivator is actually happiness.

Turn Your Downtime into Motivation
Advancement Weekly Article In addition to spending time with family and friends, the holidays can provide you an opportunity to tap into your inner enthusiasm, writes one motivation 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.

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.

Think Happy Thoughts
Advancement Weekly Article Feeling stressed at work? New research suggests that just thinking positive thoughts can help improve your mood after stressful situations.

The Art of Working Strategically
CURRENTS Article From 2012 to 2016, Reggie Bustinza and Joe Volin were tasked with tracking engagement for the nearly 37,000 alumni at Lewis University in Illinois. They got big results, and their system continues to live on after their time at the institution. Here they share their secrets for taking alumni metrics to the next level.

Are You Managing?
CURRENTS Article Promoting superstar talent to management positions sounds logical. Yet a master fundraiser, visionary communicator, or alumni relations genius won’t necessarily possess the skills to lead and inspire a team. A bad manager can fuel turnover, cause low staff morale, decreased engagement—and prevent qualified people from joining your organization. If you’ve ever seen the movie The Devil Wears Prada and thought, “Nah, the devil wears pride gear,” you’ll want to learn how managers—and the people who hire them—can improve.

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.

CURRENTS Article Advice on removing a donor name from a building; and why a deck of cards helps one development pro stay focused on making the impossible possible.

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.

Listen Up
CURRENTS Article CFO means business with New Year’s resolution to consume audio books

CURRENTS Article Persuading faculty to work with media and coaching them on it; and what the stuff in your workspace says about you.

Outlook: Build a Better Bonus System
CURRENTS Article Whether at a CASE conference or other gathering of senior advancement executives, the topic of turnover always arises: How do we attract and keep talented staff? Could offering bonus pay help? Incentive compensation is not prevalent in advancement; some liken it to paying gift officers a commission. Another complaint: Such programs often only apply to fundraisers, excluding other staff who are pivotal to advancement. No part of a donor's gift should be paid to a fundraiser as commission. But a well-crafted incentive compensation program that includes all staff members can boost performance and lead to longer tenures—and stronger relationships with donors.

Why Satisfaction Doesn't Mean Engagement
Advancement Weekly Article Leaders may think that increasing perks in the workplace will lead to greater motivation and engagement among employees. But satisfaction at work doesn't necessarily come from perks, and it won't necessarily improve performance, writes one workplace 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.

Pin of Pride
CURRENTS Article How can you tell if a major gift officer secured a gift for an endowed professorship or chair? At the University of Florida, you just check his or her lapel. At special ceremonies near the end of the last campaign, the development chief and deans gave unique Gator pins to those who closed such gifts. The incentive program ran during the last two years of Florida's recent $1.5 billion campaign to help focus gift officers on securing endowed professorships and chairs.

Is It OK for Your Employees to Speak Up?
Advancement Weekly Article Employees are often reluctant to speak up about issues or conflicts at work because they fear possible repercussions. But this hesitancy to speak up can negatively impact a team's productivity and a company's overall success, according to one leadership expert.

Don't Aim for Motivation
Advancement Weekly Article It's not enough to just stay motivated, especially if you want to succeed. Great leaders and teams are committed, writes one management expert.

Making a Modern Office Human
Advancement Weekly Article The fancy new piece of technology that you introduced to your office might be nice for productivity, but it could be impacting employee morale more than you think, writes one leadership expert.

Ignoring Employees Makes Everyone Suffer
Advancement Weekly Article Employees who work remotely or aren't very outgoing at work can be sometimes left out of important conversations, events and meetings. They are also more likely to be disengaged at work. When that happens, the workplace suffers, writes one management expert.

The Right Way to Stress Out
Advancement Weekly Article Many managers may believe that a “stressed office” is bad for business OR is an unproductive office... but effective managers know that in times of transition, a little stress or pressure will encourage productivity and motivate employees, writes one leadership expert.

Self-Sufficiency is Vital to Engaging Workers
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers can energize their employees by giving them more autonomy, writes a management consultant.

The Best Advice is Clear and Concise
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Supervisors should give feedback that is quick and to the point, writes a leadership specialist.

Tips to Hire Self-Motivated Workers
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers can run a more productive team by recruiting and hiring self-motivated employees, writes a talent management specialist.

Worry Might Be a Sign of Talent
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article People become more self-conscious about their abilities as they become more accomplished, according to research.

Learn How to Give More Efficient Praise
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Employee praise is most effective when it is specific and delivered frequently, writes a management expert.

Spend Time on Work that Matters Most
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Workers are more productive if they spend most of their workday on the tasks they believe are most important, writes an executive coach.

Leaders Should Empower Employees
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers who help their staff members feel more powerful—for example, by delegating important tasks to them—improve employee productivity, performance and job satisfaction, writes an executive coach.

The Psychological Benefits of "Self-Talk"
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Workers who talk to themselves using the pronoun “you” can boost their performance and calm their nerves, according to new research.

Non-Financial Ways to Boost Employee Performance
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article There are many no-cost ways to motivate employees, writes a leadership specialist.

Imagining Success Helps Realize It
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Working professionals who are procrastinating or struggling to meet a goal should try to envision the steps they must take to achieve it, writes a neurologist.

Signs that a Manager is a Poor Motivator
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Many managers never learn how to properly motivate employees, writes a management expert.

Don't Burn Out Teams
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers should avoid overworking employees, says a leadership authority.

Re-energize Fatigued Employees
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders can revitalize exhausted teams by telling them which deadlines are essential and which can be moved, says a management expert.

Motivate Employees in Less than Five Minutes
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers can use quick motivational techniques such as positive reinforcement to push employees to achieve, says a communications specialist.

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.

Storytelling as Employee Recognition
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should recognize their top employees by encouraging them to share stories about their good work, says a leadership expert.

Maintain a Positive Attitude amid Tough Times
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article When dealing with personal or professional disappointment, leaders can stay optimistic by adopting certain behaviors, says a psychotherapist.

To Lower Stress, Reflect on Day's Positives
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article New research finds that people who briefly reflect on accomplishments at the end of the workday are less stressed in the evening.

Personalize Employee Recognition
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Managers should quickly and specifically recognize and reward employees’ good work, says a leadership expert.

Keeping Newer Employees Engaged
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article A study that finds employees’ engagement dips after six months on the job offers some insight for how managers can reverse this trend.

Share the Stress of a Big Project
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Project managers can avoid potential problems by being more transparent with their team members, say management experts.

Learn to Value Anxious Employees
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article New research reveals that managers may not appreciate the contributions of "introverted and neurotic" employees because they mistakenly assume these individuals will be less effective team members.

Fight Boredom in the Workplace
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Employee boredom is contagious and can lower productivity and cause stress around the office, says a leadership expert.

Remember to Compliment Colleagues
Advancement Weekly Article,  Article Leaders should balance critiques of their employees with praise, says a former executive.

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.

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.

Creativity Killers and How to Stop Them
Advancement Weekly Article Two researchers have identified the types of people who most often stifle creative thinking. By recognizing and handling these individuals appropriately, managers can recover and cultivate creative thinking at their offices, according to the researchers.

Everyday Ideas for Engaging Employees
Advancement Weekly Article From walking around the office more to eating lunch with staff, managers can employ a number of simple techniques that will help keep their employees happy and motivated, says one leadership guru.

The Best Time to Share Bad News
Advancement Weekly Article A leadership guru advises managers to consider carefully their motives before deciding whether to share bad news with their team members.

Getting Employees to Take Initiative
Advancement Weekly Article Workers who do their jobs and nothing more do not contribute to organizational growth, says one leadership guru who offers advice on how to motivate these employees.

Giving Employees More Recognition
Advancement Weekly Article More than half of workers aren’t satisfied with how much recognition they receive, according to a recent survey of jobseekers.

Identifying Office Prima Donnas
Advancement Weekly Article One leadership guru writes that all managers should know how to identify employees with “situational dedication”—those who occasionally show “flashes of brilliance” but are generally unreliable.

Motivating Employees the Wikipedia Way
Advancement Weekly Article Wikipedia is arguably one of the greatest collections of knowledge and information ever assembled, according to many of its users. But a majority of the work that went into creating and maintaining it has been done by unpaid volunteers. How did this happen, and what can managers learn from it?

Why Showing Appreciation Matters
Advancement Weekly Article New research on high-performing teams of employees shows that positive feedback outweighs negative feedback by nearly a 6 to 1 ratio. So how can managers use appreciation to boost the performance of their employees?

Ways to Destroy Employee Morale
Advancement Weekly Article Employee morale can have a major impact on productivity and the bottom line. To build morale at the office, managers must treat employees with respect and avoid several "surefire" mistakes.

Dealing with the Office 'Debbie Downer'
Advancement Weekly Article Nearly every office has one—a colleague who has a negative comment about everything. It is important to deal quickly with this individual, writes one management expert, because ignoring him or her will only further bring down office morale.

Tracking Employee Happiness
Advancement Weekly Article Managers spend too much time and energy focusing on the engagement level of their employees, says one performance measurement consultant. He believes they should instead concentrate on whether their employees are happy or not.

Motivation Mistakes to Avoid
Advancement Weekly Article The authors of a new book say that managers who rely on bonuses to motivate employees are missing the mark. Instead, they say managers should leverage current research to motive employees more effectively.

All Work and Some Play
Advancement Weekly Article Work isn’t all fun and games, but a growing number of employers are hoping to change this expectation: they’re incorporating elements of videogames into the workplace to engage their employees.

Keeping Employees Sharp
Advancement Weekly Article Managers are responsible for leveraging their organizations’ resources efficiently, and employees are arguably their most valuable resource. A leadership expert offers four, outside-the-box ideas that managers can implement to break up the monotony of the workplace and get the most from their staffs.

The Dangers of Over-Praising
Advancement Weekly Article Saying everyone’s a winner doesn’t make it true, writes one management guru who worries office cheerleading may have just the opposite effect on achieving organizational goals.

Tapping Employee Ideas
Advancement Weekly Article Employees often have ideas they may be reluctant to share with their managers. Here are some methods to get your staff members engaged in the creative process.

Energizing Employees during the Afternoon Slump
Advancement Weekly Article Their morning coffee buzz has worn off, their lunch is beginning to digest and sitting all day is beginning to make them restless. Is there anything managers can do to boost their workers’ productivity during this time of fatigue?

La palabra con B
CURRENTS Article Los bonos en la procuración de fondos son una táctica usada para atraer y retener a los que contribuyen de alguna manera a la institución, aunque de alguna forma son menos controversiales que antes, no todos creen en los bonos. ¿Cómo son los programas de bonos y cuáles son otras formas de motivar?

The B-Word
CURRENTS Article Fundraising bonuses are one tactic used to attract and retain those who contribute to the institution's bottom line, but while they are less controversial than they once were, not everyone is a believer. What do different bonus programs look like and what are other ways to motivate top talent?

Advance Work: Rewarding Work
CURRENTS Article Kent State has had success with a bonus program for its fundraisers, in spite of the recession.

Office Space: The Motivation Equation
CURRENTS Article Many advancement managers face the same dilemma: Employees enjoy the campus environment, but they may tire of the actual work they are doing. If they remain unhappy, they may move on. Using good listening skills, managers should focus on discovering what motivates their staff. Managers need to be flexible and willing to offer employees new career paths within the office to keep them feeling fulfilled and motivated.

Campaign Fatigue Syndrome
CURRENTS Article As more campuses conduct capital campaigns more often and for more money, campuses face challenges in keeping not just donors but staff members from getting burned out. This article examines how continuous campaigns contribute to staff fatigue and burnout and explores how staffers often, after a successful campaign, leave for another institution (to run another campaign); how staffers gain momentum when they are always in campaign mode; how can campuses keep staffers happy and motivated.

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

AdvanceWork: Secrets and Lies
CURRENTS Article Advancement officers must set achievable, measurable goals for their employees. The alternative, according to a recent study published in the "Academy of Management Journal," is employees potentially behaving unethically in order to reach their targets.

AdvanceWork: Class Acts
CURRENTS Article Alumni employees should be rewarded for their loyalty to alma mater. This article highlights several recognition efforts that advancement officers have implemented to celebrate and thank their alumni employees. Campuses profiled include Norfolk State University, Thomas Edison State College, Kennesaw State University, Simpson College, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Manager's Portfolio: Accentuate the Positive
CURRENTS Article University of Michigan Business School researchers introduce a new field of study, positive organizational scholarship, and share strategies for creating a positive work environment that leads to a more profitable, productive, and innovative organization.

Manager's Portfolio: Managing Millennials
CURRENTS Article To motivate the student workers often called Millennials (born between 1978 and 1997), advancement managers need to understand their independent, individualistic ways. In particular, managers should consider the best ways to make assignments, give them perks, and help them understand workplace expectations.

Cultivate Your "Keepers"
CURRENTS Article The care and feeding of top alumni staffers

Herding Cats
CURRENTS Article Nine incentives to keep your publications team purring

Small Office: Serving as the Chief Encouragement Officer
CURRENTS Article Directors of small advancement offices can use motivational strategies to protect their staff from burnout. Here are five suggestions for becoming a skilled motivator: 1) Establish clear goals and objectives. 2) Lead by example. 3) Celebrate successes. 4) Empower the staff. 5) Be a cheerleader.

Motivate Workers by Getting in Their Heads
Advancement Weekly Article Recent neuroscience research reveals that managers can motivate their employees by appealing to the inner drives hard-wired into their brains.

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