I recently attended an event with the founder of a national search firm that manages many fundraising searches annually.
One of the interesting things that he advised was to stay in a fundraising position for a minimum of 3 or 3.5 years. In his opinion, results from your first two years of any position are predominantly a result of things done by a predecessor (unless of course it is a new position or there are other mitigating circumstances to consider) and that it isn’t until your third year on the job that your own ideas and initiatives begin to produce results. While I don’t totally agree with this assertion, I do understand it.
Do you agree or disagree with this assertion? I’m very interested to hear your thoughts.