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Harvey Mackay

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Positive thoughts result in positive outcomes

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…

Mackay: Achievement is measured on many fronts

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…

Mackay: Find and use the recipe for success

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…

Mackay: The school of hard knocks

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…
Legendary New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra’s math might not have been so good, but he was spot-on about mind-set.

Mackay: The miracle of mind-set

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…

Mackay: Welcome competition to improve, like Sid did

Sid Hartman blew away all the competitors because of his network of relationships and pure doggedness.

Mackay: The ABCs of good management

Advice that fits the bill from A to Z.

Mackay: To succeed, learn to deal with disappointment

Disappointment is part of life. It happens to everyone. To avoid being disappointed is to avoid being human.

Mackay: How to deal with hate

Experts say chronic hatred and extreme anger can add to our stress and take a toll on our physical and mental health.

Mackay: Ambition is a must in business, life

You can't just say you have ambition; you have to demonstrate it.
FILE - In this March 24, 2016 file photo, members of The Rolling Stones, from left, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ron Wood pose for p

Mackay: The essentials of teamwork in the business world

If we all are moving forward together, then success is guaranteed.

Mackay: Enthusiasm is a must in every profession

It's the one critical trait that you cannot teach.

Mackay: Scamper your way to creative solutions

Many good ideas have been discovered because someone poked around in an outside industry or discipline.

Mackay: Lessons learned from sports, such as not quitting, can help in business, too

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…

Mackay: Good friends make for a good life

Good relationships will help you deal with minor annoyances and your most challenging problems.

Mackay: The ABCs of risk-taking

You have to go out on a limb at times — but not so far that you fall off.

Mackay: If you're fired, make lemonade out of that lemon

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…

Making deposits will pay off with great interest

If we want to be happy, a change of heart might be required.

Mackay: Be careful that your perceptions aren't based on deceptions

Perception and reality have very different meanings. The problem happens when perception becomes a person's reality.

Mackay: Businesses, and customers, have a need for speed

People expect things faster, cheaper and better. Every part of your business needs to be up to speed.

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.

Harvey MacKay: The national pastime is full of lessons for life

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…
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
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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.