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Helping Organizations Thrive 

October 2011 Edition
Welcome to my October 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 September 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 any Executive Director can use to improve their organization's capacity to fulfill its mission.


Past lessons include topics such as: Lesson 2: Relentlessly focus on relationships and Lesson 6: Know and tell your stories. 


Lesson 13 is: Aim high in hiring staff and cut your losses quickly when you make a mistake.


In his book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins says one of the keys for what makes any organization great is that they have the right people on the bus.


I believe this absolutely holds true with nonprofit advocacy organizations.  If you're setting out to change the world, or just a small part of the world, you can't do that with a mediocre effort.

That means aiming high when hiring staff and cutting losses quickly when things go awry.

With aiming high, I'm not just talking about hiring somebody high quality.  I'm also talking about your expectations for their role and how hiring additional staff can help the Executive Director shine more in their role.

What do I mean by that?


Read the full article

Download the PDF from my website  

Recent Success Stories and New Clients

I'm providing ongoing follow-up to the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association after facilitating a planning retreat in August.

In mid-October, I facilitated a board-staff strategic planning retreat for Texas LCV.  I also spent a day with TLCV staff focused on improving their fundraising and fiscal management. 

On October 26th, I'll be conducting a webinar for the State Environmental Leadership Program on effective volunteer engagement.

On November 3rd, I'll be conducting a workshop on effective evaluation of the Executive Director for the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington. 

I'm in the wrap up stages for work I've been doing over the last several months to help Conservation Voters of New Mexico upgrade its fiscal management systems. 

I'm also in wrap up stage with work I've been doing with Florida Conservation Alliance on its new strategic plan. 

Check out my website for a complete list of all my clients.

Executive Coaching

If Executive Directors are interested in discussing my potential to play an Executive Coaching role with them in 2012, please let me know. 

To play this coaching role, I work with individual executives to identify a few focus areas where they'd like to improve their performance, with regard to their overall leadership style or a specific skill-set. 

We would then schedule a series of calls and meetings over an extended period (3-6 months), during which I could serve as a sounding board and provide feedback. 

Email me if you're interested in learning more about what this would entail and my rates for this service.  
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phone: 503-490-1234

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