Big changes in academic publishing forthcoming

Recently, a special issue of Nature explored changes happening right now in academic publishing. While the focus in this issue was on scientific publishing, many of the ideas presented apply to academic publishing as a whole and reveal that, despite some issues, open access publishing will require publishers to adapt. The good folks over at Digital Book World summarized the contents here:

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/the-future-of-academic-publishing-ripe-with-possiblities/

5 top academic publishing trends for 2013

According to George Lossius, CEO of Publishing Technology, these are the upcoming trends in academic publishing for 2013:  http://publishingperspectives.com/2013/01/5-academic-publishing-trends-to-watch-in-2013/

Do you agree?

Managing Remote Work Teams, Part III

A dispersed team depends on people who can be productive without a boss roaming the hallways or a trusted co-worker sitting nearby. Team members should be motivated, disciplined, and flexible with their time, allowing them to connect with clients or co-workers in different time zones. People who like to quit at 5 p.m. aren’t the people who work well remotely.  They also need to communicate clearly in writing (since e-mail and instant messaging are the new standard for daily communication) and should be willing to suggest ideas, ask for and offer help, make decisions, and collaborate.

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10 Top Travel Trends, 2013

Skift.com has just produced its first Travel Trends for 2013 Report.  They’ve identified 13 key trends that will shape the coming year. Read more

Stanford University first to raise $1 billion….

Stanford University has become the first university to raise $1 billion in a single year.  They did it in 2012, ahead of Harvard, Yale, USC, and Colombia, in that order, of the .  In FY 2012, roughly 3,500 U.S. colleges and universities raised $31 billion, 2.3 percent more than 2011.  What I found amazing was that the top 10 fundraising colleges collected $5.3 billion, or 17 percent, of the $31 billion, even though they represent only 0.3 percent of the 3,500 accredited, nonprofit schools included in the survey.  You can read the entire article here.

How nonprofits can make better use of social media

Interesting article from the Guardian (U.K).  There’s no doubt that taking your first steps into social media is an intimidating proposition, but as you establish yourself, understand the demands and gradually build your followers.

Click here to read the original article.

 

 

“After the Yes!”

As a fundraiser, you’re probably focusing on “the ask”: how to frame your request in the most compelling, inspiring way. Without a doubt, a strong ask is one of the keys to successful fundraising – but then what? When you hear the words, “Yes, I’d like to help,” how do you respond?

Be grateful and enthusiastic. Show your heartfelt appreciation. Talk about how the gift will make a difference. Then it’s time for the “after questions.”  Many thanks to the folks at Grassroots Fundraising Journal for originally posting this.   Read more

Mentoring High-potential Talent

We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invitation only nonprofit organization comprised of the country’s most promising young entrepreneurs, the following question to find out their advice for supporting — and therefore, retaining — top team members:

“How can small companies make sure that high-potential talent is getting the best possible support and mentorship?”

Here’s what YEC community members had to say: Read more

Should You Add Social Media to Your Marketing Plan?

I probably spend more time talking with clients about social media than any other type of outbound communication.  Their question is always a variation of “how can I use social media effectively?” It’s unfortunately not an easy question to answer and, in truth, probably no different than asking: “how can I communicate effectively?” The list of do’s and don’ts could go on and on and on… Read more

7 Steps to Engage the Media in Your Mission

Pitching is par for the course in today’s marketing world. We pitch stories and ideas to gain exposure and build authority, and we pitch reporters to help our businesses earn coveted media exposure. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to pitch your story.  Read more

Developing Your Nonprofit Staff

Nonprofits must get the most out of their people and developing leadership and management talent is a critical piece of the equation. “Good leaders motivate individuals to give their best, but great ones also figure out how to develop their people to their full capabilities—so they can and will give even more,” explained Bridgespan Group Partner Kirk Kramer, in a recent interview. However, offering development opportunities can be challenging for many nonprofit organizations. In fact, in a Bridgespan Group survey, nonprofits ranked their ability to provide development and growth opportunities to employees as their fourth greatest management weakness overall. Read more

Managing Remote Work Teams: Part II

Thanks to technology and globalization, more and more business teams are working together across state lines and international borders. Many corporations employ “dispersed teams,” where a manager in New York may communicate daily with colleagues in Boston, Los Angeles, and Singapore.  But even with an array of new Web-based collaboration tools at their disposal, most managers find handling remote teams extremely challenging. In order to get the best out of your far-flung employees, you need to establish a clear communication routine, take extra steps to build trust, and review processes often to make sure they’re working for everyone. Whether your employees are in other company offices, working from home, or a little bit of both, these tips will help keep your team running smoothly. Read more

Engaging Corporate Support

I just read a very interesting article in Philanthropy Journal that outlined some new paradigms for nonprofits seeking corporate support.   Read more

Managing Remote Work Teams: Part I

Perhaps you’re an organization that is considering moving your work team off site.  Or maybe you want to widen your employee pool by looking outside of your geographic area.  You’ll likely have the challenge of managing a remote work force.  While the basic concepts of human resources management still apply, keeping remote employees engaged and productive requires an additional set of skills. Read more