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Summary

Most incubator managers get a great deal of satisfaction from working with entrepreneurs, but other parts of their jobs can be less enjoyable. Learn how to deal with multitasking, job burnout, financial worries and other challenges.

Keeping things fresh: How incubator managers stick with demanding jobs

by Carin Yavorcik

June 2007

If you ask an incubator manager what he or she likes best about the job, the individual will almost always mention a love of working with entrepreneurs and the satisfaction of helping clients reach their goals. Even managers who have been on the job for a decade or more still say it’s what they find most stimulating.

But not every day is a success story. Job responsibilities can be overwhelming, unexpected roadblocks are frustrating, and there’s always the possibility of getting into a rut. How do incubation professionals meet these challenges and ultimately stick with their demanding jobs? We asked some NBIA members about their job challenges and how they dealt with them.

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Keywords: leadership development, nonprofit management, professional development -- general, stress management, time management

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