Philosophy

Find Your Unique Competitive Advantage

"Culture beats strategy."

"Culture limits and determines strategy." 

"Culture eats strategy for breakfast."

"Even high-functioning silos will defeat your organization AND your best board or employee efforts."  

~attributed to Edgar Schein, Peter Drucker, and other leaders (Kim MacDonald:)) at different times and places. 

  

“These quotes should be painted on the inner offices of every innovative and entrepreneurial leader, regardless of sector.  The fact is, we have all seen it, we have all felt it. We know when culture and strategy are working together and when they aren't."   

        ~Owner and strategic leader, Kim MacDonald.


Kim's passion is helping organizations build strong internal and external adaptability.  The important relationships among strategy, your brand, workplace culture, competitive advantage and the people side of change form the basis of our work with clients.  Check out our services below.

Evidence-based Work

What does the research and science say?  Consistently the latest research on high-performing organizations, shows that a leader's highest and best use of time, effort and action is in building and linking business strategy to an inclusive, high-trust, optimistic culture.   

Why, What and How We Do It

Services and Clients

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We want to make a difference!  


By helping founders, leaders and managers explore new territory, evolve and grow, we know positive change has strong ripple effects within their teams and even beyond the organizations they are building. 


We offer new business thinking based on science and the study of continuous disruption and innovation.  Your strategy, brand identity, internal culture and the dynamics of the market are continuously impacting your organization.  You want growth and progress.  We know how to get you there.  Our services are aimed at helping you create a lean plan with targeted implementation support.  Top services:  

Group Facilitation:  

  • Think Tank for a new strategic plan.
  • Retreat to inspire team understanding and performance.
  • Game Plan to land a new opportunity.
  • Adaptation Plan to implement a business change.
  • Product Planning to bring a new offering to market.
  • Engage, Consult and Gather stakeholder, employee or customer insights.

Consulting Services:

  • Business Strategy
  • Culture and Brand Strategy
  • Product-Market Fit Analysis
  • Market Expansion Plans 
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Positioning: Products and Company
  • Product Launch Plans
  • Targeted Customer Acquisition Plan
  • Leverage Major Customer Advantage
  • Marketing and Communications Plans
  • Investor Attraction Strategy
  • Employee Engagement and Consultation

Training and Workplace Education:  

  • Leadership and Organizational Change:
  •      Transformational Leadership 
  •      Leading Workplace Culture to Achieve Motivation and High-Trust
  •      Adaptive Leadership for Cultivating and Managing Workplace Change
  •      Leadership Communications for Managers & Supervisors
  •      Team Engagement for Project & Program Managers
  •      Custom Programming: e.g. culture leadership to support new strategy, brand/product or workforce challenge
  • Strategy, Branding, Marketing and Communications:
  •      Business Skills for Entrepreneurs
  •      Introduction to Strategic Planning
  •      Brand Management
  •      Communication Skills
  •      Marketing Skills
  •      Marketing for the Non-Marketing Manager  
  • Keynotes and Lunch & Learns: 
  •      The Science of Culture Change
  •      What's New: The People Side of Change Management
  •      Why Trust-Building is Rocket Science
  •      Rethinking Your Habits: resilience, energy, time and environment 
  •      Debunking Myths in Motivation and Engagement
  •      Culture Booster for Performance, Trust and Joy at Work 
  •      Leadership Skills for Workplace 4.0 and 5.0
  •      Why People are Hardwired to Stop Change, and How to Embrace and Leverage It
  • Emotional Intelligence Assessments: EQ-i 2.0 Emotional Intelligence Assessment and Coaching

Working with Us

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Our service starts with a conversation.  You know your business.  You know what you are trying to change.  We have the process, experience, workshops, research and tools.  We talk through an approach that fits your challenge or opportunity.  We also provide a scope of work to help you make your decision.  Once the project is approved, we develop a straightforward contract, sign required non-disclosure agreements, hold a kick-off meeting and begin the work.  If the assignment requires one of our partners, we include them in the scope of work with your approval.  


Our Sustainability Commitment:

We believe that we do not have to choose between economic growth and the environment.  We commit to environmentally-sensitive practices in the administration of our business.  We also commit to operating in both a socially and environmentally-conscious manner in our work with clients and partners.

Team

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MacDonald & Associates is led by Kim MacDonald, a professional facilitator, business growth and marketing strategist, change specialist and workplace educator. 


Kim is a 2x entrepreneur, with over 20 years of consulting, strategy and organizational behaviour expertise from work in 17 industry sectors.  She brings a motivating approach and high-level of client communication and collaboration to all assignments.  She has deep subject matter expertise in business growth and change, strategy development, market advantage, culture development, team dynamics and engagement.  

  

As a sole proprietor, Kim works in partnership with like-minded independent consultants and company partners.  Her partners bring other specialties to the table, like design, online tools, business restructuring advice, tax analysis, data visualization, process improvement, and unique areas of HR management if and when needed.


To discuss your project or find out more about training, jump to the Contact page.


You can also check out Kim's group facilitation experience by following the link below.