Harvey Mackay

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Mackay: Successful teamwork starts at the hiring stage

A famous organist was performing a concert on a huge antique organ in front of a large audience. The bellows were hand-pumped by a boy seated behind a screen, unseen by any in the vast auditorium. The first part of the performance went very well, and at intermission the organist took his bows as the listeners applauded enthusiastically. During the break, the musician rested in a side passageway. The boy came out to join him.

Updated: July 08, 2012, - 06:55 PM

Mackay: By delegating jobs well, you'll reap the rewards

"The surest way for an executive to kill himself is to refuse to learn how, and when, and to whom to delegate work," said James Cash Penney, founder of J.C. Penney Co.

Updated: July 01, 2012, - 07:02 PM

Making your goals means making a plan

OK, all you golfers -- ever played a skins game? In simple terms: Players during a round of golf wager on the best score for a single hole. If there's a tie, the "pot" rolls over to the next hole. One result of a skins game can be to up the ante on each hole. The backlash is taking your eyes off the long haul. In a skins game, you play for short-term stakes. As a result, strategy goes out the window.

Updated: June 24, 2012, - 02:30 PM

Mackay: Authors know: Caring counts in leadership

As we enter the long hot summer of politics and read stories daily about corporate strategies, one common theme emerges: leadership. There is seldom agreement about what real leadership looks like or who is best to provide it.

Updated: June 17, 2012, - 07:44 PM

Mackay: How Morocco managed a far gentler Arab Spring

In December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi set fire to himself. The 26-year-old street vendor had been rousted and humiliated once again by Tunisian police for hawking apples and pears out of a wheelbarrow. Bouazizi ignited more than himself. His death triggered the Arab Spring, a Twitter-driven revolution that engulfed a number of Muslim nations in the Mediterranean in 2011.

Updated: June 10, 2012, - 07:45 PM

Mackay: How to stay on your manager's good side

Jim came into the office one morning and found a note from his boss, demanding that he report to her office right away. When he walked in, the boss told him to close the door.

Updated: June 03, 2012, - 06:28 PM

Mackay: Corporate integrity begins with individual honesty

A father who had been laid off from his job had been watching expenses for months. He'd made a promise to his two sons -- twins -- that he'd take them to a nearby amusement park to celebrate their 10th birthday.

Updated: May 27, 2012, - 07:17 PM

Over-50 generation still has strong interest in work

With each passing birthday, some wise guy asks if I'm finally going to retire. Oh, how I hate that question! I love my work, and I love to work. As it turns out, I'm part of an emerging demographic: the longevity revolution.

Updated: May 20, 2012, - 07:24 PM

MacKay: Star QB knew why to learn more than the playbook

On a national sports radio program recently, two talk show hosts were discussing star quarterback Peyton Manning and the enormous impact he is having in his new football home, Denver.

Updated: May 13, 2012, - 07:12 PM

Mackay: Show customers you care about them and excellence

"Everybody needs four things in life: Something to do, someone to love, someone to believe in and something to hope for."

Updated: May 06, 2012, - 08:10 PM

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