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Helping Organizations Thrive 
August 2013 Edition
Welcome to my August 2013 email newsletter. 

The mission of Jonathan Poisner Strategic Consulting is to help 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.


This month I'm taking a detour to review the book The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution, by David La Piana.  


I recently read The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution by David La Piana after a Facebook friend raved about it.

The book, first published in 2008, is broken into three parts.   Part One makes the case for a "Strategy Revolution" in which nonprofits ditch "traditional strategic planning" processes in favor of what the author suggests is a more nimble, ongoing process of strategic thinking. Part Two consists of a series of 10 tools that organizations can use to implement the book's suggested processes. Part Three (which is available either as an accompanying CD or online) consists of a series of guides organizations can use in facilitating La Piana's suggested processes.

The inclusion of practical tools as Part 2 and 3 for organizations is worth applauding at the outset. Too many nonprofit books focus on theory, but leave it to the reader to reinvent the wheel in figuring out how to implement.   The tools seemed uneven to me, particularly those that attempt to be templates that can be used by a wide variety of nonprofits of all sorts and sizes. Nonetheless, the tools will give a significant leg up to organizations as long as they recognize they are time-savers that they must further adapt to their circumstances rather than use uncritically. More books aimed at nonprofits should follow the lead of including practical tools.

Of course, the best, most useful tools are worthless if the underlying process the author suggests is flawed. Which brings us to the heart of the matter.

La Piana argues that traditional strategic planning is broken. . . .


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Recent Success Stories and New Clients

More than 400 people have now downloaded my E-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 the organization's fundraising and outreach capacity.  Their focus for the next two months are fundraising events being held in Newport and Tillamook. 

I'm advising the Wallowa Land Trust regarding their selection of a new fundraising/email outreach database. 

I'll be spending August 14th in La Grande (Oregon) meeting with the Blue Mountains Conservancy as part o a project to develop a fundraising plan,communications strategy, and business plan. 

I'll be spending the last weekend in August in Philadelphia, where I'll be facilitating a planning retreat for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania.

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

Making them Move

"I Was Waiting for" is Not a Valid Excuse

The Point Comes Before the Story

Quick Thoughts about E-Newsletters

Thinking about Triggers in Work Plans

What you Call it Doesn't Matter

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

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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