Harvey Mackay

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Mackay: London's Olympic Games were truly an inspiration

A few things are left to be said about the spectacular Olympics we witnessed in London.

Updated: August 26, 2012, - 07:04 PM

Mackay: With the right mind-set, happiness is within reach

"What makes me happy?" It's a question we all should ask ourselves periodically, since all of our actions should, in some way, be directed toward achieving happiness. Initially, thoughts of riches beyond imagination may fill your mind. If you are honest, you will probably find it to be a more difficult question than you would expect.

Updated: August 16, 2012, - 08:05 PM

Mackay: The secrets to success? You might be surprised

Because I do a lot of public speaking, I have developed a deep appreciation for top-notch speakers. So when I was brainstorming and looking for a real showstopper to address a group of businesspeople I am mentoring, I asked Darren Hardy, publisher of Success magazine, to be one of our presenters.

Updated: August 12, 2012, - 05:47 PM

Mackay: Great ideas aren't enough; you also have to execute

When comedian Larry the Cable Guy says, "Git 'er done," he's simply defining one of the buzzwords heard in boardrooms and offices everywhere -- execution intelligence, also known as XQ.

Updated: August 05, 2012, - 07:23 PM

Mackay: Try these strategies to help get a grip on your emotions

You are driving to work when a driver cuts into your lane and nearly clips you. You get mad, and it sets you off for the morning.

Updated: July 29, 2012, - 06:05 PM

Mackay: Your imagination can fuel your success

Take a look at the back of a dollar bill. A pyramid with an eye at the top is on the left. Over the pyramid is the Latin inscription "Annuit coeptis," which means, "Providence has favored our undertakings."

Updated: July 22, 2012, - 06:49 PM

Critical thinking still is critical to your success

A Midwest university professor complained: "We are now focusing more on how to use the tools of communication than we are on how to effectively communicate. ... As a result, we are turning out computer and Internet gurus who can't write and think creatively."

Updated: July 15, 2012, - 01:22 PM

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

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