Harvey Mackay

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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

By using sales tie-downs, you can help seal the deal

If you knew two little words that could improve your sales, you'd use them, wouldn't you?

Updated: April 29, 2012, - 03:43 PM

Mackay: Industry's best firms show how smart choice is central to success

Diplomacy is all about making the right choices. When I persuaded my wife, Carol Ann, to say "I do" ages ago, we entered serious negotiations to nail down the ground rules for our marriage.

Updated: April 22, 2012, - 11:05 PM

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