Harvey Mackay

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MacKay: Some street smarts put you on the road to success

You learn how to be book smart in school, but you better not forget that you also need to be street-smart. There's an old saying about how the "A" students in school end up working for the "B" and "C" students in life. I've always been amused by that notion.

Updated: November 11, 2012, - 05:51 PM

Mackay: Who's important in the organization? Everyone

A sea captain and his chief engineer got into an argument about which one was more important to the ship. Finally, they decided to trade places for a day. After a few hours, the captain suddenly appeared on deck, covered with oil and soot.

Updated: November 04, 2012, - 11:00 PM

Mackay: The Election Day, vote as if your future depends on it

As I was driving down a busy street in St. Paul last week, I noticed among the preponderance of political yard signs that one stood out. In large letters, it simply said "JUST VOTE."

Updated: October 28, 2012, - 05:51 PM

Mackay: Good leadership brings out the best in employees

It's election season, and one of the greatest privileges we have in America is selecting our own leaders. While we might have widely varied opinions of who should win, the fundamental characteristics of good leadership remain constant.

Updated: October 21, 2012, - 09:10 PM

There's never a need to curb your enthusiasm

The old cartoon strip character Calvin, from "Calvin and Hobbes," once said the difference between him and the rest of the world was, "Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!"

Updated: October 14, 2012, - 04:10 PM

Study 'The Trust Edge' for business success

"Trust flows from individuals, not organizations." That's the best summary I can provide of David Horsager's new book, "The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships and a Stronger Bottom Line."

Updated: October 07, 2012, - 03:34 PM

Mackay: Difference between self-serving leaders and servant leaders

Ken Blanchard believes corporate America is in desperate need of a different leadership role model. And I couldn't agree more.

Updated: September 30, 2012, - 05:47 PM

Mackay: Winners don't fear, but welcome, competition

I hate to lose.

Updated: September 23, 2012, - 05:55 PM

Want to hit one out of the park? Just keep your eye on the ball

There's an old saying that you can't judge a book by its cover. Otherwise, you might wonder what on earth Brandon Steiner is writing about in his terrific new book, "You Gotta Have Balls."

Updated: September 16, 2012, - 03:58 PM

Believing in yourself is more than half the battle

When I am interviewing potential employees, one of the traits that I look for is confidence. I'm not referring to hubris or arrogance, but someone who understands his or her ability and is not afraid to use it.

Updated: September 09, 2012, - 03:52 PM

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