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Helping Organizations Thrive 

January 2011 Edition
Welcome to my January 2011 email newsletter. The mission of Jonathan Poisner Strategic Consulting is to help progressive organizations thrive.  I do that by assisting my clients with strategic planning, campaign planning, coalition building, fundraising, communications, and other organizational development challenges.

To keep people informed about my work, I set up this monthly e-newsletter.  If you want to unsubscribe, just look for the link at the bottom.  My December edition can be read in my archive.

For a complete lists of the consulting services I offer, check out my website.
What Works

Each edition of this newsletter contains a section I call "What Works." 

Currently, I'm focused on a series of 15 lessons that I learned while growing the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, buttressed by my observations of dozens of other groups both in Oregon and across the country. 

These lessons range from June's lesson:  Become the best at something to November's lesson:: Plan, plan, plan.

You can view all the lessons so far on my newly revamped website. 

Lesson 9 is:  Communicate excessively with your board, but be smart about it.


One of the common pitfalls that new Executive Directors face is a failure to recognize the disconnect between what they know about the organization and what the board and other close friends of the organization know.


You live and breathe this stuff.  They don't.


As that gap grows, dangers abound.   When it comes to setting the organization's strategic direction, a board and staff that are seriously disconnected about the basic facts about the organization's work are far more likely to disagree.  


I once spoke with an Executive Director who feared their board's involvement in strategic planning.  "They don't understand what we do, how can they set our strategy?"


I sometimes think of the Executive Director as the conductor and the board as the orchestra.  If they aren't on the same page, they may still play, but it won't sound very good.


So my advice to new Executive Directors is to communicate excessively with their boards (and other close friends), but be strategic about it.


Here are my top eight tips about how to make that happen:

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Recent Success Stories and New Clients

After some much needed end-of-year R&R, I'm gearing up for what I hope to be a busy 2011.

I am working with the Coalition for a Livable Future to maximize the potential of the 2011 Laugh with Livability, to be held in early June. 

I have begun work on strategic planning projects for the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund and for Colorado Conservation Voters. 

I am in the final stages of providing feedback to Virginia LCV on fundraising materials, as follow-up to the work I did with them in December. 

Check out my newly revamped website for a complete list of all my clients since November 2009,

Updated Services and Resources

I recently took a look backwards at the work I've been doing this year, as well as the work I'd like to do in 2011.  Based on that look I've updated the suite of services I'm offering in 2011. 

You can check out the brochure as a PDF

I also made some significant improvements to my website.  I wanted a permanent repository for the material I've been generating as part of my email newsletter.  My new website has an articles section that includes my Why Organizations Thrive articles, book reviews, and others. 

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