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No Strategic Plan, Unrealistic Expectations—and My Boss is Having an Affair
By Lilya Wagner on May 30, 2012 | No Comment
No Strategic Plan, Unrealistic Expectations—and My Boss is Having an Affair

As a fundraising professional one of the only assets you truly have is your reputation.  So what would you do if you learned that your married boss, the chief development officer (CDO), was having an …

Full Speed Ahead! Handling Unrealistic Short-Term Goal Expectations
By Lilya Wagner on January 24, 2012 | No Comment
Full Speed Ahead!  Handling Unrealistic Short-Term Goal Expectations

Lilya Wagner continues, in this column with Patrice Hieb, her series on handling fundraisers’ leadership nightmares.

Fundraisers’ Nightmares: More Tips on the Boss Who Doesn’t Understand Your Job
By Lilya Wagner on December 7, 2011 | No Comment
Fundraisers’ Nightmares: More Tips on the Boss Who Doesn’t Understand Your Job

This is the concluding installment on the recent column that advised fundraisers on dealing with executives who don’t really understand what it is that development professionals do. On this topic, I’ve asked colleagues to help …

“My Boss Doesn’t Understand My Job!”
By Lilya Wagner on October 28, 2011 | No Comment
“My Boss Doesn’t Understand My Job!”

Leadership Nightmares and How To Wake Up From Them
Is there anyone of us fundraising professionals who has not been asked at some time in our lives, “What do you really do?”
In my case, my previous …

Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them
By Lilya Wagner on May 25, 2011 | One Comment
Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them

John is chief development officer of a medical school foundation.  The CEO of the foundation and CFO have met and discussed the budget, and he expected to be consulted about the amount of money he …

Peacocks, Peons and Planning
By Lilya Wagner on May 27, 2010 | 2 Comments
Peacocks, Peons and Planning

This is the latest installment in Dr. Lilya Wagner’s series, Fundraising Nightmares.
Megan eagerly looked forward to her interview at the International Outreach to Africa organization, where she had applied for the Vice-President for Advancement position.  …

Avoiding The ‘Quick Fix’ Syndrome in Development
By Lilya Wagner on May 6, 2010 | One Comment
Avoiding The ‘Quick Fix’ Syndrome in Development

Patrick often conducted workshops or training sessions for various types of practitioners.  He did this as part of his affiliation with an educational institution and also as a consultant.  This was an …

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