MacTim ‘Mac’ Macartney

Mac is the founder of Embercombe. In 1983 Mac was the gardener at a management training centre. By 1987 he was the Head of consultancy at the same place, and two years later had his own London based people and organisation development consultancy. With the skilled and highly creative involvement of a very dedicated team this consultancy was later expanded into Russia and Poland. In 1997 after guiding a successful culture change project over a four-year period, Mac’s client offered him the financial means to purchase land and make a dream come true. Embercombe was purchased in April 1999 although it wasn’t until 2006 that the website was hoisted and the gates fully opened.

Over a period of twenty years he was mentored and coached by Native American metis ‘Medicine’ people to learn the Earth wisdom that once informed all indigenous peoples, including those of Britain. During this training and ever since he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the huge challenges and equally huge opportunities of the 21st Century. Mac’s work with organisation leaders was motivated by his belief that it was in the world of business that he could exercise his skills to greatest effect for the benefit of future generations. He later modified this position to include people, young and old, privileged and disadvantaged, under-employed and over-employed. This shift of focus followed two insights. Firstly, that our business leaders are often unquestioning and enthusiastic participants in a system that tends to exaggerate their value and reward conformity. Secondly, that most ordinary people have no idea how powerful they could be if they were to identify what they most love and then align themselves to achieving this goal, together.

Mac’s book ‘Finding Earth, Finding Soul – the invisible path to authentic leadership’ speaks to the necessity for each of us to gather our courage and step out of the shadows and become the leaders ‘we have been waiting for’. He is now increasingly in demand as a speaker at conferences and gatherings where he is able to use his considerable ability to move, inspire, and challenge many different and diverse audiences.

Mac was our special guest and story teller on Spring College’s opening event Winter Walk the Talk.