Business Focus Weekly

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Tracy Oeser with Journey Thru Grief


Facebook Live - Coach Jim

Useful Business Thought of the Week - I Know Mindset

Quote of the week:

"Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach"

 - Napoleon Hill 

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Tracy Oeser with Journey Thru Grief

Journey Thru Grief was created as a support for survivors of suicide loss. They provide resources and direct support through their website, workshops, and presentations. They have been a home business in Spokane Valley since October 2018 however the concept of Journey Thru Grief has been around since 2012. Tracy shares that their target audience is people impacted by a suicide loss ranging from immediate family to acquaintances.

Many business owners have seen changes in their business over the past year. With the lack of in-person communications, Journey Thru Grief has had to transition to an online presence. Tracy shared, "I had to learn social media marketing, web design, and online video presentations".

During the pandemic, Tracy decided to take action to benefit her business. She was able to find programs coming out of Massachusetts rather than taking the time to create her own. A partnership was formed and she was named state coordinator to bring those programs to WA State. Had there not been the pandemic, Tracy shares that she probably would have been isolated in her own community. "Now I will be able to share ways to help not only suicide loss survivors but, the friends and families who are impacted by someone in a suicidal crisis".

We asked Tracy how other entrepreneurs can learn from her experience: "When I began Journey Thru Grief as a business in 2018, I had the passion and drive to bring a stigmatized demographic of people to the forefront of people’s minds. I began in a space that was traditionally non-profit but believed that I could make a difference by having more flexibility as a business. I made the mistake of thinking people would want to hear what I had to say and bring me in to speak to others because it was all for the greater good. In reality, the topic is taboo and people tend to shy away even though it is important to hear about the stigmatizing treatment that happens against suicide loss survivors." 

Tracy realized that this was something she needed to research in order to approach people that didn't traditionally work within her space. She also started research into creating a strong business plan to find ways to sustain financially. This was further impacted by COVID-19 when Tracy couldn’t go into businesses and speak to employers about helping their employees through loss. She quickly developed a plan to market to online consumers which brought its own challenges. For other entrepreneurs, Tracy recommends doing a ton of research and acknowledge any unforeseen things that could happen along the way. 

What is inspiring Tracy: "Today I am inspired by the support I see within our community, both in-person and online. Collectively we have faced many changes and unknowns over the past 18 months and people are performing random acts of kindness and businesses are networking to help each other rise back up."

Journey Thru Grief is selling t-shirts through to help underwrite new workshops beginning at the end of September and going through the end of the year.

Contact: Tracy Oeser | 509-436-9700 | |

A Book Recommendation from Your Coach

Radical Candor

The idea is simple: You don't have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor―avoiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy―you can be kind and clear at the same time.

Kim Scott was a highly successful leader at Google before decamping to Apple, where she developed and taught a management class. Since the original publication of Radical Candor in 2017, Scott has earned international fame with her vital approach to effective leadership and co-founded the Radical Candor executive education company, which helps companies put the book's philosophy into practice.

Radical Candor is about caring personally and challenging directly, about soliciting criticism to improve your leadership, and also providing guidance that helps others grow. It focuses on praise but doesn't shy away from criticism―to help you love your work and the people you work with.

Radically Candid relationships with team members enable bosses to fulfill their three core responsibilities:

1. Create a culture of Compassionate Candor

2. Build a cohesive team

3. Achieve results collaboratively

Facebook Live With Coach Jim

Useful Business Thought of the Week

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