Publications

By Tracy MacDonald
Mar 2017

We are always pitching ideas. This lifelong practice likely started during childhood while convincing someone it was  good idea to go out for ice cream in the middle of winter. In the simplest terms, pitching is the act of not just sharing an idea, but convincing others that it’s a good idea and they would benefit from joining you in carrying it out. Continue reading…


By Tracy MacDonald
Feb 2017

In a time of GPS, Google maps and pin dropping, most of us, even millennials, know what a compass is. There are some who can even use a compass to navigate through the woods. Continue reading…


By Tracy MacDonald
Jan 2017

Regardless of where we each fall in the organizational food chain, we are responsible for completing things. Whether actions or tasks, everything has a deadline and in all likelihood someone at a higher level who will review it. Continue reading…


By Tracy MacDonald
Dec 2016

Even if they don’t come in the form of super strength, super speed, the ability to fly or scale walls, we all have super powers. The challenge though, can be not just discovering them but knowing where and how to use them in the work environment, and even more specifically in the leadership space. Continue reading…


By Tracy MacDonald
Dec 2016

December is one of those months that is both stressful and celebratory. On the business side, it’s the end of a calendar year, it can also be the halfway point through a fiscal year, and at the very least, it’s the end of a quarter. We can call this the “pressure” side of December. On the celebratory side, we have several holidays, the official start to winter and an opportunity to close up one year and look forward to a new beginning. Continue reading…


By Tracy MacDonald
Nov 2016

Running on a treadmill is useful when the weather is cold and you’ve got nowhere else to go. But when it comes to moving a business or project forward, the last place you want to be is on a treadmill- working but not moving. In business, this stagnant movement can happen when there is a desired outcome or goal but with all the activity, there is no change, no momentum, and no results showing progress. Continue reading…


By Tracy MacDonald
Oct 2016

Laughter has been found to be incredibly beneficial to live longer, be healthier, and reduce stress. Smiling is good too, especially when it’s genuine. In the case of the business environment, we’ll go one step further and say a sense of humor can make all the difference when it comes to handling stress, managing deadlines and being a leader among colleagues.

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By Tracy MacDonald
Sep 2016

Profit is important, but it’s not the only indicator of a company’s health and well-being. All too often, profit is used as the primary source indicating success. We’re not saying numbers are not important- without them you don’t have a company. But for executives at Wells Fargo, the consequences of focusing on just the numbers seems to be bubbling up in a less than stellar way. For anyone in sales, this story may sound familiar. You’re working hard to fill your pipeline, get meetings, close deals and finally collect the all-mighty, highly coveted commission check.

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By Tracy MacDonald
Sep 2016

Relationships and collaboration. These two items are key components of the most successful departments, projects, committees and organizations. On a social scale, it’s like the perfect dinner party when there is just the right mix of people, conversation, and a perfectly timed meal. We don’t always know where the perfect mix will be, professionally or socially, but when it’s found amazing things can happen.

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By Tracy MacDonald
Aug 2016

Almost no one starts a job, or a career, looking for or thinking about ways to get fired. And while not the most pleasant subject to discuss when it comes to work, people do get fired. Often times, it’s not just one event or one issue that gets someone fired, nor does it happen in one day. It’s a cumulative process with a bad result; but one which could have been avoided if one knew what to do or was more adept at recognizing warning signs. Here are just five common causes of getting fired.

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