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Helping Organizations Thrive  
April 2016 Edition
Welcome to my April 2016 email newsletter. 

The mission of Jonathan Poisner Strategic Consulting is to make the world a better place by helping mission-driven 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 contain a section I call "What Works." 

This editions contains one of my occasional book reviews of relevance to nonprofit organizations.  

During March Madness, a colleague recommended two books on leadership by college basketball coaches with relevance to nonprofit organizations.  So I checked out Leading with the Heart by Duke's coach Mike Krzyzewski.  Then, before I could get beyond the first 10 pages, Coach K reminded me why I hate Duke basketball when he blatantly lied about an Oregon player after Oregon's defeat of Duke.

So I didn't read it.  I'm sure it sucked.  

Instead, I read Wooden on Leadership: How to Create Winning Organizations by UCLA's legendary coach John Wooden with co-authorship by Steve Jamison.  (The book came out when Wooden was 95, so I don't begrudge him the co-author).

I'm glad I read it and can definitely recommend it for those looking for leadership ideas, either as self-motivation or to teach others.  With that said, it's a light read that wouldn't be my top choice among leadership-focused books I've reviewed.

Wooden's theory of team leadership centers around a leadership pyramid consisting of 15 building blocks.  The foundation consists of five traits: industriousness, friendship, loyalty, cooperation, and enthusiasm.   The second level consists of self-control, alertness, initiative, and intentness (which probably is better called persistence).  The third level consists of conditioning, skill, and team spirit.  
The level just below the top consists of poise and confidence.  The top is competitive greatness.

Wooden doesn't just name his pyramid, he uses a combination of anecdotes from his own life and others to demonstrate the elements of the pyramid and how he used them to build UCLA into a basketball powerhouse.

Here are a handful that stood out to me as particularly interesting for their cross-over lessons for nonprofit organizations:

Recent Success Stories and New Clients

In March, I wrapped up a several month project working with Forward Montana and Forward Montana Foundation to develop strategic plans. 

On March 19th and 20th, I was in Lacombe, Louisiana on behalf of the National Wildlife Refuge Association to lead a fundraising workshop for several local advocacy groups working to protect Louisiana wildlife.  

From April 3rd to 5th, I facilitated a planning retreat outside Baltimore, culminating a six month engagement helping the Bus Federation with its new strategic framework. 

On April 15th, I facilitated a meeting in Eugene, Oregon of more than a dozen organizations looking to work better together on behalf of strong action by the state of Oregon to combat climate change. 

From April 18th to 20th, I facilitated a staff planning retreat for Western Resource Advocates. 

On May 26th, I will be leading a workshop on the effective use of nonprofit dashboards for the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington.  

Check out my website for a complete list of all my clients.
Recent Blog Entries and Tip Sheets

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.

Should your Nonprofit Use a Resource Council?

What Makes Something a "Strategic" Plan?

Donor Stewardship Basics and Beyond

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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