Harvey Mackay

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Outswimming the Sharks: Ambition, hard work, dedication . . .

The game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" is a suspenseful half-hour that offers contestants the opportunity to dramatically improve their financial picture. Answer a dozen or so questions correctly, with help on a few if necessary, and watch the bank account mushroom.

Updated: March 13, 2011, - 01:14 PM

Concentrate on future success

Don Shula is a legendary professional football coach. Some years ago, I negotiated a contract for a first-round National Football League draft choice with Shula, and I've been closely following his career since.

Updated: March 06, 2011, - 03:26 PM

Harvey MacKay: 'Impossible' is just a frame of mind

A college student arrived a few minutes late for his final exam in mathematics. The room was quiet, with everyone working hard, and the professor silently handed him the test. It consisted of five math problems on the first page and two on the second. The student sat down and began to work. He solved the first five problems in half the time, but the two on the second page were tougher. Everyone else finished the exam and left, so the student was alone by the end of the time period. He finished the final problem at the last second.

Updated: February 28, 2011, - 05:13 PM

It pays to know the difference between good and bad advertising

A lion and a tiger were drinking beside a river when the lion let out a huge roar. The tiger said, "Why do you roar like a fool?"

Updated: February 20, 2011, - 01:41 PM

Harvey MacKay: You can only get as high as your self-esteem

The next time someone calls you an egotistical jerk, you should thank him or her for the opinion. They have just provided a strong endorsement of your mental health.

Updated: February 14, 2011, - 04:45 PM

Small customer can become a huge disservice

For years, we believed that if customers received bad service, they would pass the word along to 20 or so people. Conversely, if they were on the receiving end of great service, they might tell a few folks, but not in numbers anywhere near the bad-news story.

Updated: February 07, 2011, - 10:42 PM

Harvey Mackay: Sell yourself to sell your product

A cartoon in the New Yorker magazine showed two assistants preparing a conference room. One says to the other, "And don't forget the little notepads in case one of them has an idea."

Updated: January 30, 2011, - 04:08 PM

Good bosses improve good employees

With so much focus on finding or keeping jobs in this economy, one significant employment factor seems to get moved down the pros-and-cons chart: What kind of boss will my next supervisor be?

Updated: January 24, 2011, - 07:12 PM

Make New Year's resolutions lead to a brand new ending

So this is the year you're going to break away from the pack and set reasonable, achievable goals. And then, you're going to get through your whole list so you can reach even higher in 2012.

Updated: January 02, 2011, - 02:48 PM

Embracing childish things can lead to a new perspective in business

Throughout the holidays, a lot of emphasis falls on children. Why? Because children bring such a marvelous perspective to events that many of us take for granted.

Updated: December 26, 2010, - 05:36 PM

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