Browsing the blog archives for June, 2013

What Are Your Money Narratives?

Suze Orman, the personal finance personality on CNBC and author of a number of books about money, shared a story about how she came to understand the value of money.  Apparently, when she was a little girl her father owned a small business.  One evening, his shop began to burn.  Before the flames had engulfed […]

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What is stopping you?

What is stopping you from planning that trip filled with discovery visits?  From making that call?  From making that donor visit?  From sending those thank-you notes?  From doing any of the other important relationship-building items on your to-do list? In answering the “what is stopping you?” question, you might respond in one of the following […]

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Why Presidents Fail

Some of you are aware that I spent my graduate school years researching the topic of why college and university presidents fail.  I am pleased to announce that this research culminated in the book, “Presidencies Derailed:  Why University Leaders Fail and How To Prevent It,” published by The Johns Hopkins University Press.  “Presidencies Derailed” is now […]

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Where Are Your Cranes?

The other night I heard Jim Cramer, the TV financial analyst with the pronounced ADD affliction, suggest that the U.S. economic recovery isn’t as authentic as we might hope.  Yes, the stock market has enjoyed a couple years’ worth of bull-market fun (although last week saw a sizeable sell off).  But, Mr. Cramer asked a […]

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Overcoming The Pride and Trust Issues With Giving

Two of the most seemingly-impenetrable barriers to giving are connected to the broader human conditions of pride and trusting others. Specifically, if an assigned solicitor isn’t willing to humble herself enough to ask with conviction on behalf of her deserving institution, a gift won’t be made (or, if a gift is made, it won’t be […]

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