Monthly Archives: December 2010
|December 15, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Research||
Losing your job, even for an extended period of time, may not have a significant impact on how you perceive your quality of life according to a new study in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics.
Using a different analytic model than those used in previous studies, the researchers, Dr. Isaac R. Galatzer-Levy, Dr. George A. Bonanno, and Dr. Anthony D. Mancini, reviewed nearly 20 years of German socio-economic data – specifically the cases who had experienced unemployment during that time period. Nearly 70 percent of participants reported consistently high levels of life satisfaction prior to becoming unemployed. This group was more susceptible to negativity around the loss than those who reported a lower level of life satisfaction. However, within a year, they had returned to feeling positive about their lives – most to pre-unemployment levels.
A copy of the article From Marianthal to Latent Growth Mixture Modeling: A Return to the Exploration of Individual Differences in Response to Unemployment can be found at the American Psychological Association website.
The findings of this study are not surprising, especially in light of other research on adversity, resiliency and long-term mental health outcomes. Given the current unemployment rates, a reminder of our capacity to bounce back from setbacks, be they financial or personal, is welcome news.
FULL STUDY CITATION: “From Marianthal to Latent Growth Mixture Modeling: A Return to the Exploration of Individual Differences in Response to Unemployment,” Isaac R. Galatzer-Levy and George A. Bonanno, PhD, Columbia University; Anthony D. Mancini, PhD, Pace University. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics, Vol. 3, No.2.
|December 13, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Budget, Management, Philanthropy||
Yet another report on the state of charitable giving brings both good and bad news to the nonprofit sector.
The results of a national survey conducted by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) show an increase in charitable giving in 2010, but an increase in demand for services suggests that donation levels may be falling short of nonprofits’ needs.
According to The Nonprofit Fundraising Survey: November 2010, 36 percent of charities saw an increase in donations during January to September of 2010, up from 23 percent in 2009. Approximately 37 percent of charities reported a decrease in giving in 2010, primarily agencies in the areas of health, public-society benefit and religion. Unfortunately, the need for services increased at 68 percent of the nonprofits this past year, (not a surprise given the recession woes), while state funds have been reduced, making the identification of funding even more critical as we enter 2011.
|December 8, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Management||
Is leadership teachable? Can it be boiled down to its essential concepts and principles and imparted to the next generation? Apparently so according to a piece by Richard Greenwald entitled Today’s Students Need Leadership Training Like Never Before in the December 5, 2010 online edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Greenwald suggests that the significant rise in the number leadership development programs at colleges and universities across the country may have been driven by the realization of the lack of modern day visionaries in business and policy. Are students clamoring to learn what they have not witnessed?
You don’t need a certain number of credits in a program – or even a diploma – to lead. You can choose to step up at your organization or step away and start your own. However, in uncertain times and in the face of a precarious future, it makes sense that young people want to learn all they can about leaders and leading well.