- Time Management: I've learned a lot about time management. I thought I was an organized and on-time person, however being in a doctoral program and working shifted my thinking upside down. I learned how to prioritize and it was pretty hard for me not being able to reply to e-mails the minute I got them...in other words I really had to prioritize my school work in order to get it done.
- Learning to say no: Last year when I started blogging at Aspiration I was just starting to learn about nonprofit sector issues and I wanted to be a part of those conversations. In other words, I joined any committee I could in order to participate in sector wide issues. I was super excited and said yes to any opportunity that came my way whether it be speaking, teaching, or committee work. However, now that I'm in my PhD program I have to prioritize my opportunities and not volunteer for everything! I guess I am becoming more strategic in my commitments.
- Finding my place: Before I started my PhD I was working as Assistant Director for a reputable nonprofit, however I've now taken on a new role at the bottom of the totem pole as a Research Assistant and PhD student. Although my expertise is appreciated, it is quite humbling not being able to know everything about the organization I am working in nor be the decision maker.
- Finding what's relevant: I have been doing a lot of reading and writing in my doctoral program and as you can probably guess, I put a lot of effort into writing papers over this past year. But now I am trying to figure out whether or not I should post the papers I wrote this year on my blog. I am presenting portions of my work at academic conferences, however these are only a small group of people. And I do think my papers are relevant to nonprofit practitioners are researchers alike.
- Applying Three Interdisciplinary Views of Leadership and Knowledge to Researching Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector
- Measuring Community Impact: Perspectives from Three Fields of Literature
- Perspectives on Blogging in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector
A. Would like a copy of my paper to read?
B. Think I should try to condense my paper down to look like a nice 3-5 page research report and post on my blog?
C. Leave my work in the academic community and not make it available on my blog?