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Helping Organizations Thrive 
May 2013 Edition
Welcome to my May 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 (mostly) 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

Most editions of this newsletter contains a section I call "What Works." 

Mostly "What Works" focuses on either Why Organizations Thrive  and Why Organizations Go Off Course, both of which 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.


I recently turned Why Organizations Thrive into a free E-Book which can be downloaded and read as either a PDF or on various e-readers (Kindle, I-Pad, etc.).   


Taking a break from those series this month, I review the book The Leadership Challenge, by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. 


I've become very interested in how to evaluate and teach leadership. I've encountered more and more situations in my own consulting practice where client organizations come to me looking for training on discrete skills (e.g. fundraising) or good group process (e.g. strategic planning), but are also in dire need of staff and board members who act as "leaders." The good I can do as a consultant is severely constrained as a result. 

The question I've become focused on is can leadership be taught? And, if so, how?

Kouzes and Posner believe the answer is definitely yes to the former and offers up some concrete ideas on the latter. In their view: "Leadership is not a gene and it's not an inheritance. Leadership is an identifiable set of skills and abilities that are available to all of us."

Based on research they've been updating since in 1983, the book outlines five "practices of exemplary leadership." 


Read the rest of the review. 


Download the review as a PDF 


Recent Success Stories and New Clients

In late April, I published my book: Why Organizations Thrive: Lessons from the Front Lines for Nonprofit Executive Directors.  I'm always looking for feedback on the book, so please send it to me so I can take that feedback into account if I publish a second edition. 

I continue to work with the Central Coast Land Conservancy to upgrade its fundraising and outreach capacity.  Most recently, I developed a Volunteer Plan for the organization.  The Conservancy also just launched a new website. 

I am providing ongoing advice to the staff of the Denver Region Mobility and Access Council as they ramp up strategies to generate unrestricted funding. 

I recently completed a draft Feasibility Report for the Wallowa Land Trust.  The Report identified a variety of potential fundraising strategies and identified the most promising for future growth, as well as tactical recommendations for how to implement those strategies over the next few years. 

I recently completed work with the board of Georgia Conservation Voters on a new strategic plan.

In early April, I provided general organizational development advice to the Everett Coho Derby regarding their relationship with another organization. 

I worked this spring with the Nevada Conservation League on an Executive Director job manual as part of an Executive Director transition.  In June, I will be working with the NCL staff on work plans to cover the remainder of 2013. 

I'm getting set to launch a process for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania to update its strategic plan. 

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 Riddle about Five Frogs

E-Book Published

Hire for Things Other than Just Existing Skills

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

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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