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Harvey Mackay

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The ABCs of finding your path to success

However you measure it, success is sweet. And it doesn't happen overnight.

Mackay: In the business world, patience is your friend

A woman walked into the grocery store with a 3-year-old girl in the seat of her shopping cart. As they passed the cookie section, the…

Sales are the lifeblood of companies big and small

"I'm starving, and it's Dave's fault," a manager complained to his assistant."What did Dave do now?" the assistant asked."I asked him to pick up a…

Mackay: Animal interactions offer lessons for humans

Sometimes, animals seem so much more advanced than humans; other times, we learn how not to handle problems.

Brush up on your job-hunting skills during pandemic

Finding a job — a job you really want — is hard work. You have to get a routine and stick to it.

Mackay: Creativity counts, in business as in life

There are only three pure colors — red, blue and yellow — but look at what Michelangelo did with those three colors. There are only…

Harvey Mackay: Humility is at the root of success

Staying humble can be hard to do in a culture that encourages competition and individuality.

Mackay: Business lessons emerge from pandemic

Students and teachers at all levels have had to adjust to remote learning, and that will not be just a passing fad.

Make decisions that make a difference in your daily life

Good decisionmaking is learned. It stems from good judgment, which is also learned, frequently the hard way.
Organization can save time and frustration.

Mackay: Enhance your life during difficult times

You don't have to make drastic changes. Take it one step at a time.
Team USA celebrated their win over the Soviet Union in 1980. Players have never forgotten the loyalty of coach Herb Brooks.

Mackay: Power of loyalty is a key component of success

It's more challenging to build loyalty when employees move around so much. But loyalty is always important.

Mackay: Make the workplace a university, too

Why not maximize your time and learn something new?
Henry Ford’s advice was to “stick to one model.”

Mackay: In life and in business, a sense of humor shines

With so much uncertainty in the world right now, one thing remains the same: Humor is a tremendous stress reliever.

Mackay: How to dial up your phone skills for business

The first objective of every sales call is to have a plan of what you want to accomplish.

Mackay: Worry is a destructive habit in life, business

Worry is wasting today's time to clutter up tomorrow's opportunities with yesterday's troubles.
Lou Holtz wrote down 107 things that he wanted to do in his life, then when he achieved them all he wrote 100 more.

Mackay: The bucket list can be a powerful motivator

It helps keeps you motivated and goal-oriented.
Hall of Fame righthander Don Sutton won 324 games.

Mackay: Cheating is not worth it in life or business world

It should not be easy to lie about test scores or use technology to misrepresent one's accomplishments. But it happens all the time.
Sid Hartman waved to the Gophers football team and fans after they sang him happy birthday at practice last March.

Mackay: Maximize your shot clock before the game is over

As the years fly by, you begin to become more aware that there won't always be a tomorrow.
Adam Scott, of Australia, teed off on the 16th hole during the final round of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament.

Mackay: Here's the right way to take risks

By taking calculated risks, if you win, you will be happy. And if you lose, you will be wise.

Mackay: On dealing with excessive hesitation

When indecision and hesitation go beyond the necessary fact-gathering and initial planning, find a way to take a first step.

Mackay: You determine your own success

Success, however you define it, begins long before you start a career or score a big promotion and corner office.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) fumble on a pass reception which was recovered by the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL

Mackay: Flush away those mistakes

Acknowledge that even as good as you are at your job or life in general, you are not perfect. But keep trying for perfection.
Actor-writer Tyler Perry made good on his dreams.

Mackay: The power of dreams can last your lifetime

Show me someone who doesn't dream about the future and I'll show you someone who doesn't know where he or she is going.

Mackay: New book covers basics of business and beyond

Adversity, attitude and more are the subjects of Harvey Mackay's latest book.

Mackay: Know your team, then grow your business

Your success as a leader — and your organization's success, as well — depends on your ability to get the best from your employees.

Mackay: Resolve to learn something new whenever you can

And living in the information age makes lifelong learning easier than ever.
Try and dress up the typical résumé (above) by adding color or images. Gimmicks and stunts can help land a dream job.

Mackay: Creativity stands out to potential employers

You have to set yourself apart from the crowd.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was the 199th pick in the 2000 draft but has won a record six Super Bowls.

Mackay: Introspection can get passion burning again

You can detect passion in someone, but trying to predict how far it will carry or what will result is more intangible.

In fast-paced business world, developing resilience is key to success

Before negative thoughts lead to negative actions, you need to develop a strategy to clear your head.
Bernard Madoff, left, who bilked investors out of billions, was an accomplished liar.

Mackay: Trust is important, so here's how to spot a liar

It's important to know that you are dealing with honest people. But how do you know?

Mackay: You, too, can be a skilled public speaker

Here are a dozen key tips that will help you give a good speech.

Mackay: Telling stories and learning some lessons

Stories that put management principles into action are much more memorable than classroom exercises, and certainly a lot more entertaining.
Ruth Knelman, now 109, read “The Owl and the Kitty Cat” to a group of preschoolers at Temple Israel last year.

Mackay: At 109, 'Grandma Ruth' has a few life lessons

Ruth Knelman shares her secrets to living and how she has persevered.
Author James Michener

Mackay: Take time to remember your teachers this week

It's American Education Week. And if you would like to plan ahead, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-9.

Mackay: Plan for market trends, don't just react to them

Learning to follow the trends, even predicting a few, can make a big difference
woman shopping and job concept from beauty asian girl in blue jean shopping and hold big box in hardware store for support her construction job

Mackay: Customer service can never be too good

Keeping employees motivated to consistently provide high-quality customer service is absolutely essential.

Mackay: Tackling adversity can help you in the future

If people believe in themselves, no matter what's going on, there's hardly anything that they can't accomplish.
Just like Jackie Robinson said: “All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

Mackay: Rules of respect make the workplace that much better

Thomas Jefferson arrived alone on horseback at a hotel in Baltimore and asked for a room. The landlord of the hotel, named Boyden, looked Jefferson…
Mike Lindell’s MyPillow has grown from a $3 million company with 60 employees to a $102 million company with 600 employees in Minnesota. JOEL KOYAMA

Harvey Mackay: Fun, creative ideas

For some time, a storekeeper had displayed in his window a card inscribed "Fishing Tickle."A customer drew the proprietor's attention to the spelling error. "Hasn't…
Healthy white smile close up. Beauty woman with perfect smile, lips and teeth. Beautiful Model Girl with perfect skin. Teeth whitening.

Mackay: Never lose the ability to laugh while at work

A friend passed along a Coca-Cola ad done by a Belgian advertising agency with the tagline “Happiness starts with a smile.” The commercial takes place…

Mackay: Standards start at home plate

The lesson applies across all disciplines: Standards are set for all employees. and it is up to management to hold them accountable.
Bianca Andreescu visualized winning the U.S. Open in tennis.

Harvey Mackay says visualizing can lead to success

I learned many years ago that visualizing or fantasizing is one of the most powerful means of achieving personal goals.This proved true again at the…
Robot and human handshake

Mackay: Artificial intelligence will be big, so prepare

AI will transform the relationship between people and technology.

Mackay: One person can make a difference in the world

If you need convincing, look to Travis Mills, one of only five surviving quadruple-amputee soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Harvey Mackay: Love your labor

There are many reasons to celebrate this year.
Abraham Lincoln memorial in Washington DC -2008

Mackay: You can handle the truth

Charles finally made partner and propped his feet on the desk in his new corner office. He was dreaming of all the perks that accompanied…
For many millennials, balance means more than money.

Mackay: Strive to achieve balance between life and work

It's a trend that will not go out of style any time soon.

Use your imagination to 'imagineer' your life

Always remember that if you can conceive it, you can create a plan, get to work and bring your vision to fruition.
Even in tough times, give your people as much information as you can so they can rely on solid data, not half-truths.

Open communication helps businesses get ahead of rumors

Although a certain amount of personal chitchat goes on in any workplace, gossiping employees can erode trust and infect a team with negativity.

Mackay: Use the ABCs to help fuel your creative mind

Creativity fuels innovation, and innovation is essential to business. So I'm sharing my thoughts on creativity, yet I'm using one of my favorite formulas: a…

Harvey Mackay: Master stress — and make it work for you

Once upon a time, there was a king who wanted to pick the wisest person among his subjects to be his prime minister. He decided…
Albert Einstein believed that living to help others is the only way to live your life.

Mackay: Volunteering presents opportunities to shine

Not only can you make a difference, but sharing your strengths has a built-in benefit for you.

Mackay: Asking the right questions

Sometimes the answers you receive are determined by what and how you ask.

Mackay: Encouragement can be a truly powerful thing

A teacher asked her students if any of them had extra pencils they would be willing to share with their classmates. One student reluctantly raised…

Mackay: The power of kindness is sorely underrated

A teacher asked her young pupils to tell about their acts of kindness to animals. After several heart-stirring stories, the teacher asked one boy if…

Mackay: Others' mistakes can be the best lessons of all

With a new influx of college graduates hitting the job market, I thought it would be a good time to share some advice. I started…

Communication really means to listen closely

A new young worker at a construction site sat down to eat his lunch with the rest of the crew. As an older fellow opened…

Mackay: Time is treasure. Here's how to manage it

And getting organized is a start.

Mackay: Always try to give yourself an even break

We all try to do our best, at least most of the time. And when we don't succeed, often we are our own harshest critics.But…

Mackay: Welcome, Generation Z

America's youngest generation is nearly 70 million strong and will soon outnumber its millennial predecessors.

Mackay: Let go of old grudges

We are living in a time when being offended is in fashion.

Mackay: Life is short, so try not to go through it too fast

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, enjoying his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked…
Mackay: These kids know that it takes work to get ahead

Mackay: These kids know that it takes work to get ahead

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans was founded to combat the attitude that economic opportunity was a thing of the past.

Mackay: Go from boring to roaring

Don't run the risk of being satisfied with the status quo if the status quo means same old, same old.

Mackay: Lessons can be learned on the baseball diamond

With the baseball season in full swing (pun intended!), it’s time to salute America’s pastime. And in recognition of April being National Humor Month, I’m…

Experience in life and workplace teaches lessons that last

In every speech that I give, every column I write, every person or group that I mentor, my goal is to leave my audience with…

Mackay: Arguments in the workplace can be healthy

How do you hear all sides of an argument? By arguing!

Mackay: Never undersell value of customer service

Just like elephants, clients have long memories.

Mackay: Don't let the naysayers stifle your creativity

Creative ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time. Those ideas often involve taking a risk or challenging conventional thinking. And that can be…

Mackay: Seeing the opportunity in every difficulty

Joe, a golfer, joined three people at a golf course to make up the foursome. The three friends teed off, but when Joe hit his…

Mackay: Never underestimate the potency of praise

When you sincerely praise someone — and there has to be truth in that praise — something amazing often takes place.

Mackay: Avoid judgment until you have all the information

No matter who you are, how experienced you are and how knowledgeable you think you are, always delay judgment.
Michelangelo was a notably solitary individual who paid little attention to his personal grooming habits. But his quest for knowledge would have made

Mackay: Good workplace etiquette never goes out of style

Whether you are starting out in your career or just want to improve, you need to earn the trust of your bosses and co-workers.

Mackay: The art of thinking fast can save your bacon

The keys are confidence and preparation.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus winked at a fan after signing an autograph at the 2018 3M Championship at the TPC in Blaine, Minn.

Mackay: Golden wisdom from the Golden Bear

Golf has been a big part of my life. When I was growing up in St. Paul, I dreamed about making a living playing golf…