Don’t surprise your boss.
Focus on the win.
Write thank-you notes.
Those are among the pieces of advice that nonprofit workers got early in their careers and that they still appreciate. We hope you’ll chime in during this holiday season with advice that you still give thanks for, and we hope these tidbits can help you navigate career challenges.
“Focus on what you have to do to reach your goals, and leave the other stuff behind. This way of thinking has encouraged me to be more creative, forge stronger relationships with people who could otherwise be roadblocks to success, and find better ways to prioritize what is important and what is not.” — Shelly Deavy, membership manager at the Public Affairs Council
“If you don’t take the time to do it right the first time, when will you find time to fix it?” — Tammy Schlafer, executive director of annual giving at Syracuse University
“Break out your daily tasks or inbox into three categories: Must do, need to do, and nice to do.” — Lisa Kasperzak, consultant and chief executive of Beyond Nines