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Helping Organizations Thrive 
January 2013 Edition
Welcome to my January 2013 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 most recent 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." 

Most editions include sections from one of two longer articles I'm writing.  Why Organizations Thrive  and Why Organizations Go Off Course detail 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.


Why Organizations Go off Course Lesson Six is: Don't rehash past decisions.


Organizations that develop a culture of continually reopening decisions that were previously made almost never thrive.


This may seem like a no-brainer to many, yet I've seen it crop up time and time again in my interactions with nonprofit organizations over the last two decades. I've seen boards revisit big-picture strategies and one-time tactics. I've seen organizations make a fundraising decision at one meeting and then seemingly have the same fundraising conversation two meetings later. No topic seems off-limit to this failure.


Two questions come to mind:


Why is this damaging? And how can you develop a culture and set of practices to minimize the risk to your nonprofit?  

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Recent Success Stories and New Clients

I continue to provide ongoing development planning and training services to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.  I will be in Denver for an additional day of planning and training in mid-January.

In early December, the membership of the Denver Region Mobility and Access Council voted to adopt its new strategic plan, concluding a 6 month process. 

I have begun a development consulting project for the Central Coast Land Conservancy.  I will be providing CCLC a combination of training, coaching, and planning over the course of 2013. 

I recently joined the Advisory Board of GoBox, a mission-driven, for-profit which aims to do away with one-time throw-away to go containers used by food carts and other lunch-time vendors, starting with Portland. 

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

Looking for a presentation for your organization or coalition's conference, workshop, or event? 

I've recently updated my website to more fully describe presentations I've delivered or am prepared to deliver.  Contact me directly for more information.  
Recent Blog Entries

Note: I am actively looking for Guest Blog submissions.  If you have some thoughts to share on any aspect of organizational development, shoot me an email and we can discuss length, timing, etc.

A Fascinating Video about Motivation

Thoughts on Engagement Organizing

Thoughts on the Growing Importance of Peer to Peer Fundraising - Guest Blog on The

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Clarifying the Why when Doing Strategic Planning

Nonprofit Leadership Traits

Don't Take Board Relationships for Granted

Some Opening Thoughts on Leadership

Time is your Most Precious Commodity

Looking for one of my past blog entries on a particular topic?   I have now categorized my past blog entries.  Just go to my website and hover over the "blog" link on the navigation bar and you can see the topics and choose from among them. 
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