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Helping Organizations Thrive 
October 2013 Edition
Welcome to my October 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 edition I'm taking one of my regular "book review" detours.   The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done, by Peter Drucker, was first published in 1967.  


It may seem odd to read and review a management book written nearly 50 years ago.  


Indeed, I often found myself rolling my eyes at some of what Drucker wrote because times have changed so dramatically. The section on how computers were going to change management was particularly funny.


Yet, with that said, I was also struck by how cogent the book was at identifying key issues facing executives and how convincing his case was for what practices an executive should follow if he or she wishes to become "effective." This was true both for those practices that matched my own thinking and for those that have made me rethink how I behave. As much as the world has changed since 1967, human nature hasn't.


Of course, it also begs the question: how much of this is relevant to the nonprofit context where I'm usually engaged. Drucker mostly writes about large business institutions, although he's quick to suggest implications for government and other large nonprofit institutions (he tends to cite hospitals as a repeated example).


In the end, I think the answer is yes: Drucker's advice would be well worth being followed by nonprofit leaders, no matter the size of your organization.


In a nutshell, here are the ten most important lessons I took away from The Effective Executive that I believe apply in the nonprofit context of the 21st century.

  1. The ability to "do things right" is not the same as the ability to "get the right things done."  Yet, it's the latter that really matters. Most executives could work 24 hours a day and not run out of useful things to do for their organization. What separates the effective from ineffective executive is the effective better determines which among the various possible to-dos are the most important. And then the effective executive ruthlessly prioritizes and cuts out all discretionary tasks to focus on those that will make the biggest difference.  
Read the rest of the review.

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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. 

In mid-October, I led both introductory and advanced fundraising workshops for the board and staff of the Sauvie Island Center.  This is the 3rd year out of the last 4 where the Center has asked me to train their board. 

In late October, I'll be leading a board governance workshop for the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance. 

On November 4th, I'll be presenting Major Donor Fundraising 201 at the annual conference of the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington. 

Starting in late October, I am beginning to work with the Coalition for a Livable Future on a combination of coaching, training, and planning for future fundraising. 

I'm in the final stages of a 10 month project assistance the Central Coast Land Conservancy with fundraising and related topics.  They held their first big fundraiser September 28th, which was successful despite a major storm that dragged down attendance.  

I'm in the final stages of a 3 month project working with the Blue Mountains Conservancy to develop a fundraising plan,a communications strategy, and a business plan, as well as providing general organizational development advice.

I'm providing ongoing consultation to the Northwest Marine Trades Association regarding its long-term plan.

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.

Outcomes Schmoutcomes

Video Blog Lesson One: Relationships Interview

Creating a "Time" Budget

12 Tips for Getting Fundraising Meetings

Tips for Fundraising Letters

Making them Move

"I Was Waiting for" is Not a Valid Excuse

The Point Comes Before the Story

Quick Thoughts about E-Newsletters

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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