Better late than never

January 27, 2021

Have you ever said, “Better late than never?” It’s a phrase that’s been around forever. How you say it determines how it impacts you.  Let’s look at an example. I’m continuing to send out my holiday letters and probably will into February. I could look at it as an obligation – people sent me cards […]

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Ready for a new beginning?

January 13, 2021

Happy New Year! Did you stay awake until midnight on New Year’s Eve? I sure did! Sang Auld Lang Syne – you can see it here – silly to be sure. The song has been around since 1711 and means ‘For the sake of old times.’  It is a long song about two friends catching up over […]

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Use the Power of 80/20 Right Now!

December 9, 2020

Whew! December 2020! You are in that crazy, exhilarating year-end time. Please don’t forget that I appreciate you! And, what you do to give your donors the chance to invest in your mission! We talk about major gifts transforming our organizations…think about it. Really your donors are transformed by giving to you! What noble work! Ok […]

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Foster Thanksgiving Every Day

November 23, 2020

Whenever, or if, you celebrate a formal Thanksgiving Day, you have the responsibility…and the DELIGHT..to give thanks EVERY day. But watch your words! First, some definitions. Being thankful often implies you are acknowledging your thanks for something that someone has given you, or done for you. This can be a gift or holding open the […]

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Being your best for year-end success is in a politics-free zone

November 11, 2020

I want 2020 to be a good year for you! It’s never about the circumstances – it’s always about how we REACT to those circumstances – and that is ALWAYS our choice. Nelson Mandela thrived 27 years of unbroken incarceration by managing his thoughts. Period. You will get through 2020, and you will THRIVE! Period. Now […]

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The secret to pivoting – Part I

October 28, 2020

PIVOT – Marcy Style – Part 1 Today’s answer for everything…”just pivot.” Just how do you pivot to jump-start fundraising and life growth? Ever seen a pivot? My first image is that marvelous quarter-mile long, spider-like metal creature that rolls over 100 acres of corn, onions, wheat or other crops spraying water. The center-pivot allows […]

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Are your Year-End wheels spinning?

October 9, 2020

Spinning your Year-End Wheels? Let’s get into Four-Wheel Drive and get this show on the road! It’s October! I am badgering my clients right now, “Get those year-end plans moving!” (Ok fine…we are having deep and reflective conversations about embracing the opportunities before us.  Is that better?)   I get excited this time of year! […]

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Your Call to Action

September 1, 2020

Hey! It’s SEPTEMBER 1st Day 245! That means 121 Days Left (Leap Year) Listen up, my friend, YOU have this wonderful last trimester of 2020 to SHINE! Are you going to finish this year strong? Knock the ball out of the park? –       Covid or no covid? –       Election or no election? –       Working from where […]

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Be of Comfort…Now

August 12, 2020

You are bombarded now with messages, free webinars and more on how to pivot, work from home, take your event virtual and, goodness, even build major giving relationships faster than when we could sit down and talk in person! (really?) But what about September and fall ….and football….and school starting…and church picnics…and sweater weather….and homemade […]

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The Secret to working well with others

July 22, 2020

Does if feel harder to lead? Harder to feel part of the team? Harder to get along? Some days a good old boring staff meeting looks pretty good during life “behind screens.” At least to me. How are you doing? (Hint – start with, “Terrific!” You’ll feel better, I promise. I’m sending you sunshine!) Before […]

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