Recent content from Harvey Mackay
One day, a professor announced a surprise test. He distributed a paper to each student with the front side face down. Then he asked the…
A scrawny old man wanted to get a job at a nearby lumberjack camp, so he approached the boss, who politely tried to talk him…
Challenges have been presented to all of us in 2020, not the least of which is the fear that life will never return to normal.It's…
A sixth-grade girl was running for the post of secretary of her school class. A major part of her campaign was a speech to be…
Have you ever heard the expression “seeing the elephant?” It’s an expression that came out of the California gold rush. Those planning to go west…
Like millions of Americans, I watched the 10-part ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. His mental toughness and mind-set…
Sid Hartman blew away all the competitors because of his network of relationships and pure doggedness.
Advice that fits the bill from A to Z.
Disappointment is part of life. It happens to everyone. To avoid being disappointed is to avoid being human.
Experts say chronic hatred and extreme anger can add to our stress and take a toll on our physical and mental health.
You can't just say you have ambition; you have to demonstrate it.
If we all are moving forward together, then success is guaranteed.
It's the one critical trait that you cannot teach.
Many good ideas have been discovered because someone poked around in an outside industry or discipline.
I recently attended a virtual panel presentation in Minneapolis about women in sports that highlighted the important benefits of participation. One of the panelists cited…
Good relationships will help you deal with minor annoyances and your most challenging problems.
You have to go out on a limb at times — but not so far that you fall off.
Many people have lost their jobs during this pandemic through no fault of their own. For my book, “We Got Fired! ... and It’s the…
If we want to be happy, a change of heart might be required.
Perception and reality have very different meanings. The problem happens when perception becomes a person's reality.
People expect things faster, cheaper and better. Every part of your business needs to be up to speed.
However you measure it, success is sweet. And it doesn't happen overnight.
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…
"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…
Sometimes, animals seem so much more advanced than humans; other times, we learn how not to handle problems.
Finding a job — a job you really want — is hard work. You have to get a routine and stick to it.
There are only three pure colors — red, blue and yellow — but look at what Michelangelo did with those three colors. There are only…
Staying humble can be hard to do in a culture that encourages competition and individuality.
Students and teachers at all levels have had to adjust to remote learning, and that will not be just a passing fad.
Good decisionmaking is learned. It stems from good judgment, which is also learned, frequently the hard way.
You don't have to make drastic changes. Take it one step at a time.
It's more challenging to build loyalty when employees move around so much. But loyalty is always important.
Why not maximize your time and learn something new?
With so much uncertainty in the world right now, one thing remains the same: Humor is a tremendous stress reliever.
The first objective of every sales call is to have a plan of what you want to accomplish.
Worry is wasting today's time to clutter up tomorrow's opportunities with yesterday's troubles.
It helps keeps you motivated and goal-oriented.
It should not be easy to lie about test scores or use technology to misrepresent one's accomplishments. But it happens all the time.
As the years fly by, you begin to become more aware that there won't always be a tomorrow.
By taking calculated risks, if you win, you will be happy. And if you lose, you will be wise.
When indecision and hesitation go beyond the necessary fact-gathering and initial planning, find a way to take a first step.
Success, however you define it, begins long before you start a career or score a big promotion and corner office.
Acknowledge that even as good as you are at your job or life in general, you are not perfect. But keep trying for perfection.
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.
Adversity, attitude and more are the subjects of Harvey Mackay's latest book.
Your success as a leader — and your organization's success, as well — depends on your ability to get the best from your employees.
And living in the information age makes lifelong learning easier than ever.
You have to set yourself apart from the crowd.
You can detect passion in someone, but trying to predict how far it will carry or what will result is more intangible.
Before negative thoughts lead to negative actions, you need to develop a strategy to clear your head.
I know it's already August, but this summer my thoughts can finally turn to the crack of the bat as I watch my Twins "Bomba…
It's important to know that you are dealing with honest people. But how do you know?
Here are a dozen key tips that will help you give a good speech.
Stories that put management principles into action are much more memorable than classroom exercises, and certainly a lot more entertaining.
Ruth Knelman shares her secrets to living and how she has persevered.
It's American Education Week. And if you would like to plan ahead, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-9.
Learning to follow the trends, even predicting a few, can make a big difference
Keeping employees motivated to consistently provide high-quality customer service is absolutely essential.
If people believe in themselves, no matter what's going on, there's hardly anything that they can't accomplish.
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…
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…
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…
The lesson applies across all disciplines: Standards are set for all employees. and it is up to management to hold them accountable.
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…
AI will transform the relationship between people and technology.
If you need convincing, look to Travis Mills, one of only five surviving quadruple-amputee soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
There are many reasons to celebrate this year.
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…
It's a trend that will not go out of style any time soon.
Always remember that if you can conceive it, you can create a plan, get to work and bring your vision to fruition.
Although a certain amount of personal chitchat goes on in any workplace, gossiping employees can erode trust and infect a team with negativity.
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…
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…
Not only can you make a difference, but sharing your strengths has a built-in benefit for you.
Sometimes the answers you receive are determined by what and how you ask.