I hope everyone is having a happy and peaceful holiday season. In the spirit of the impending new year and the resolutions that go with it, I'd like to turn your attention to a piece I missed earlier this fall. David Brooks, in the NY Times, mentioned this article as one of his favorites of the year: If Air Travel Worked Like Health Care, by Jonathan Rauch (National Journal).

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I like short, useful pieces on managing programs. You know that if you read this site with any frequency. But this one might just be in my top 10. A virtual strategy session for running a program in a tough economy. The author's tips are incredibly relevant to our work. I especially love #3: do less with less. Fantastic.
 

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The Nonprofit Risk Management Center has announced their 2010 webinar schedule. There's some interesting stuff on the list. If you're looking at risk management issues in your own program, you might want to consider the expenditure ($59) to attend one of their offerings. Some of the ones that caught my eye include:

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Over at the Get Rich Slowly blog, there's a fascinating post about negotiating. It really made me think about how often we have to negotiate for ourselves in our line of work: negotiate the ability to conduct these exams, to get paid to coordinate our programs, to work without undue pressures from key stakeholders such as law enforcement and prosecutors, to attract new talent and keep veterans on the roster.

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A lot of people have asked me about how social media can be used to benefit SANE and other victim service programs. People feel very intimidated by the process, which is a shame, because I think it's an incredibly approachable and democratic tool. And I think we could harness its broad appeal and reach to allow for not just awareness and fundraising campaigns, but also recruitment efforts. If anyone's using social media to help with recruitment I'd love to hear from you!
 

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This month in Free-Range Thinking, Andy Goodman discusses the use of stories and data in garnering support for projects. I mention it because we frequently talk about effectively making the case to hospitals and community foundations, particularly in this economic climate. It's a short article, so I encourage you to check it out (PDF). And if you like what you read, you might want to consider subscribing to the monthly newsletter.

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From the current issue of Nursing Economics (and summarized by Medscape), an article on retaining an aging nursing workforce. Access is free, but registration on the site is required.

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First off, I hope American readers had a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving holiday. Thanks for indulging me in a brief absence, but even compulsive multi-taskers like me have to turn off the computer and walk away every now and again.
 

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Over at the Forensic Health site, I have formed a new partnership with G.W. Medical Publishing. In honor of this new relationship, they have generously agreed to provide FHO readers with monthly giveaways. The first is going on now; the drawing for the Sexual Assault Quick Reference will be Wednesday, November 25th at 12pm, ET.

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Recently I spoke on the topic of sustainability, and afterwards received an email from a member of the audience. She wrote to tell me that although she agreed with one of my messages--that asking for help is a critical part of sustaining a program--she wasn't convinced people knew how to ask for help very effectively. I'm pretty sure she's right. Asking for help is easier said than done. So what follows are some brief articles and posts on the topic.

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