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Meet Dr.Tracy

Dr. Tracy's coaching and speaking has given her global visibility. She is an internationally known, award winning Author, Speaker, and Executive Coach. For over a decade, Dr. Tracy has empowered individuals and executives to overcome challenges and secure and maintain their executive positions without hesitation, yet looking at things from a Practical Approach, encouraging them to “Be Human First”. As an intentional and professional speaker, Dr. Tracy speaks on topics that include but are not limited:  Leadership, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Women in Leadership, Practical Leadership: Back to Basics, and Leading from Behind. To date, Dr. Tracy has conducted countless speeches and trainings, both domestic and international, and virtual and in-person. Dr. Tracy has been speaking publicly since 2002, and coaching since 2012. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and a certified Mediator, Executive and Professional Coach.

In addition to speaking and coaching, writing is also one of Dr. Tracy's passions. She is the author of two books and one journal, "Practical Leadership: Lessons Learned from Mickey, The Journey to Authorship: A Pocket Guide for Writers and The Leadership Journal". Over the years, Dr. Tracy has also written peer-reviewed publications, eBooks and has been interviewed by various television, radio and podcast hosts.


Dr. Tracy believes the key to success at any level is being Practical.

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Practical Leadership

Practical Leadership is an approach to leadership that emphasizes pragmatic, hands-on, and results-oriented strategies. It involves applying common-sense principles and straightforward methods to navigate challenges, make decisions, and drive positive outcomes within an organization. Practical leaders focus on real-world solutions, adaptability, and effective communication to achieve their goals.


Key Characteristics of Practical Leadership:

  1. Common-Sense Decision Making: Practical leaders prioritize making decisions based on practicality and common sense rather than adhering strictly to theoretical or complex models.

  2. Adaptability: Being open to change and readily adjusting strategies based on the evolving needs of the organization and its members.

  3. Results-Oriented: A focus on achieving tangible results and measurable outcomes. Practical leaders set clear goals and take actions that directly contribute to the success of the team or organization.

  4. Effective Communication: Clear and straightforward communication is a hallmark of practical leadership. Leaders ensure that messages are easily understood, fostering a transparent and collaborative environment.

  5. Problem Solving: Practical leaders actively engage in problem-solving, addressing issues head-on and seeking practical solutions to challenges as they arise.

  6. Empathy and "Human First" Approach: Acknowledging the human aspect of leadership, practical leaders prioritize empathy, understanding, and genuine connection with team members.


Examples of Practical Leadership in Action:

  1. Streamlining Processes: Identifying and eliminating unnecessary complexities in organizational processes to enhance efficiency. Practical leaders often simplify workflows to achieve better results.

  2. Open and Honest Communication: Creating an environment where communication is clear, honest, and open, fostering trust and collaboration among team members.

  3. Flexible Decision-Making: Adapting decisions based on real-time information and changing circumstances rather than strictly adhering to predetermined plans.

  4. Employee Development Programs: Implementing straightforward and accessible training and development programs to enhance the skills and capabilities of team members.

  5. Feedback and Recognition: Providing constructive feedback in a timely manner and recognizing achievements to motivate and inspire team members.

  6. Customer-Centric Approach: Aligning business strategies with the needs and expectations of customers, ensuring that products or services directly address their practical concerns.

  7. Conflict Resolution: Addressing conflicts promptly and finding practical solutions that benefit all parties involved, fostering a harmonious work environment.


In essence, Practical Leadership is about taking a down-to-earth and hands-on approach to leadership, where leaders prioritize simplicity, adaptability, and tangible outcomes in their decision-making and interactions with others.

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