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Helping Organizations Thrive 

March 2011 Edition
Welcome to my March 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 February 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." 

I'm in the process of writing a long article entitled: Why Organizations Thrive.  The article details fifteen lessons I learned while growing the Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV), buttressed by my observations of dozens of other groups both in Oregon and across the country. 

Collectively, I believe these lessons are a very useful set of principles that Executive Directors can use to improve their organization's capacity to fulfill its mission.


These lessons include topics such as July's lesson:  Relentlessly focus on relationships and December's lesson:  Invest in information management systems.


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


Lesson 5 is:  Manage one big change at a time.   


Thriving organizations change.  Constantly.


The reverse is also true:  organizations that don't change become stale.   


So change is good. 


But managing change is also hard. 


Whether it involves new staff or new staff roles, new programs, or new organizational systems, bringing change to an organization is not to be taken lightly.


Which brings me to my point:  leaders wishing to push change should focus on one significant change at a time. 


Why shouldn't you just identify all the significant changes necessary and move forward on all fronts.

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Recent Success Stories and New Clients

I recently began facilitating a strategic planning process for Wyoming Conservation Voters and Wyoming Conservation Voters Education Fund. 

I also began facilitating a monthly Executive Directors networking meeting for the Nonprofit Association of Southwest Washington.  In early April, I'll be leading a workshop for the Association on Executive Director evaluations as part of the Association's board of directors training series. 

I am in the midst of strategic planning projects for the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund and for Colorado Conservation Voters. 

I continue to work with Portland's Leadership & Entrepeneurship High School, a public charter school, on development planning. 

In April, I will be leading a webinar for the State Environmental Leadership Program on effective coalition work. 

You can also check out my website for a complete list of all my clients since November 2009,

Will you catch my act in Vegas?

From March 31st to April 3rd, I'll be performing in Vegas  and you can catch up my act . . okay, performing is the wrong word.  I'll be attending the 15th annual State LCVs conference where I've been asked to serve as a resource doing one-on-one meetings with organizations who have questions about the right path forward.


I hope to see many of my State LCV friends there!  If you want to prearrange a time to meet for a drink, a meal, or otherwise, shoot me an email.

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