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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 …

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 …

The Stacked Fundraising Deck: What Are the Warning Signs?
By Lilya Wagner on February 2, 2010 | 2 Comments
The Stacked Fundraising Deck: What Are the Warning Signs?

Was the fundraising program in danger of being downsized? Was he not needed anymore? Normally an upbeat person, David couldn’t fight the dejection and depression that hit him, and hard. Clearly, he was being marginalized. Maybe it was time to bow out rather than fight unworkable situations.

Waking Up the Board – Warning Signs of a Dysfunctional Organization
By Lilya Wagner on December 23, 2009 | No Comment

Last month we followed the saga of the ISRE organization and the case of the board which was asleep on the watch. Over the period of time that it took for ISRE to fade away …

Fundraising: Smoke Alarm, Fire Escape, or Security Blanket? – Part 2
By Tom Watson on March 27, 2009 | One Comment

Joe thought he had approached his new job carefully. He weighed each of the points that seemed mildly alarming or of serious concern, considering whether these presented routine challenges in fundraising, or if they were cause for alarm. Remembering what his mentor had told him about “smoke alarm” situations–the warning signs of a no-win job, of challenging or impossible situations camouflaged as opportunities–he didn’t rush into the job but took his time in discovering as much as he could about what he would face if he accepted the position.

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