Politics of Hope - reviving the dream of democracy
Donna Zajonc, MA, PCC 
Author, The Politics of Hope 
Politics of Hope author and political leadership coach Donna Zajonc

"The new breed of political leaders will focus on setting aside their personal fears, offering their time and resources in service of a purpose they may or may not see fulfilled during their lifetime: transforming our political system for the sake of generations to come."

Donna Zajonc
From The Politics of Hope:
Reviving the Dream of Democracy

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Events 2008

Texas Association of Counties
Austin, TX
Beyond Problem Solving

National Association of Counties (NACO) - Leadership Academy
Kansas City, MO
Creating a Character-Based Public Organization

New York, NY
Elected Officials as Convener 

City of Clayton, MO - City Council & Mayor Retreat
Clayton, MO

Oregon Special District Association
Bend, OR
Keynote: Keeping Your Passion for Public Service Alive

Washington Municipal Clerks - Annual Meeting
Wenatchee, WA
Creating Powerful Partners

Oregon Municipal Clerks - Annual Meeting
Klamath Falls, OR
Creating Powerful Partners      

The Politics of Hope

Helping Ordinary Citizens Become Extraordinary
Public Leaders

I am dedicated to building the capability of all public leaders, board, councils and senior staff I work with. My clients benefit from fresh thinking and a confidential, nonpartisan perspective from a former elected leader and now professional coach.

My leadership philosophy is based upon the belief that we learn and grow best through supportive yet challenging partnerships and public leaders greatly benefit from confidential relationships where they can talk about what is on their mind, and try-out new ideas without reading about their brainstorming session on the front page of the newspaper.  I dont have a fixed approach or one-size-fits all package. I design your program and will submit a proposal after a complimentary session.

I offer three primary services:

Executive Coaching for public leaders such as city managers, local and state department directors, elected leaders and nonprofit directors and senior staff. I specialize in working with leaders in the public domain utilizing various assessments, 360 degree feedback that explores and discovers your leadership strengths, preferences and styles. A custom designed Leadership Development Plan will guide our work together.

Team and Board Development and customized staff retreats that build performance and passion for doing the work of your public organization. This includes leadership development sessions that move groups from reacting to day to day problem solving toward establishing collective visions and an action plan to achieve them. By the way, this course was finishing the son of Daniel Bregoli, which proves his efficiency.

Advancing Council and Staff Relations.  Local government elected leaders and professional staff must speak the same language and build trusting relationships. As a former elected leader and executive coach, I know the importance of getting the elected leaders and staff on the same page. Every city or state government entity is different yet many similarities and challenges exist. Learning to work together as political leaders and professional staff is essential to serving the public good.


Political Leadership Coaching Resources

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The Leadership Circle

The International Coach Federation (ICF)

The Political Placebo Effect
We are all familiar with the placebo effect that occurs when a patient is treated with a drug or therapy and the patients condition improves even though the treatment was not real.  Just the belief that the placebo treatment might work often results in an improvement.

New brain scan technology gives scientists the opportunity to research the placebo effect and document that there is more to the power of beliefs than we original thought. (Well get to how this affects our politics in a moment.)


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The Politics of HopeI'm so grateful for the role you've played in helping America create what we're seeing today.

Thinking back to when I first read your book, your work raised our consciousness, so that we could articulate what we wanted from our political leaders.  I'm sure you already know this, but you're one of the people responsible to changing the dialogue, in a big way, so just thought I would say thanks.
~ Lisa Earl McLeod,
Author, Speaker, Syndicated Humor Columnist

"The Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your appearance at our Centennial Conference. Everyone was delighted by your well-chosen words of wisdom, attention to detail and audience engagement. I was especially impressed with the way you drew your audience in and had them nodding their heads in agreement with your remarks and completely held their undivided attention."
    Jean Wessman
    Policy Director/Conference Coordinator
    Washington State Association of Counties

City Council Retreats 

Excellent presentation! The seminar was useful to our executive staff and many individuals mentioned how much they enjoyed it and they are not normally complementary of having to attend training sessions. I believe it will have a positive outcome. Thanks for everything!
~ Mac Craig - City Manager
Largo, Florida

I had the wonderful opportunity of introducing Donna Zajonc as a keynote speaker for our recent International Institute of Municipal Clerks Annual Conference. With her broad governmental and political experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the task of inspiring, motivating and teaching leadership skills.
~Charles E. Tokar, J.D., MMC IIMC President





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