Be careful when offering criticism

When you offer criticism, be aware of whom you are criticizing and how they might receive it. Case in point:  A number of years ago, my son David was entering his senior year at Stanford University.  He thought it might be fun to spend his last college summer freewheeling in San Francisco, working five or […]

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Mentoring works both ways | Harvey Mackay

Mentoring works both ways

Anyone who doesn’t understand the value of one minute hasn’t been paying attention to my good friend Ken Blanchard.  Starting with his “One Minute Manager” and moving through a series of bestsellers, he has shown his millions of fans how just sixty seconds can improve your chances for success. Good news – he’s at it […]

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Values determine who we are | Harvey Mackay

Values determine who we are

In the famous French story, “The Little Prince,” a fox becomes the best friend of the young royal on a fictitious planet.  When the fox must depart from the prince forever, he offers to tell him the world’s most wonderful secret if the prince meets certain conditions.  The little prince agrees, does what is expected […]

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Compliments || Harvey Mackay

Compliments do wonders for our sense of hearing

Mark Twain once said, “I could live for two months on one good compliment.” We all love to receive compliments.  They make everyone feel better.  Turns out studies show that compliments can also help people perform better. In a study published in PLoS One, researchers at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences at the University […]

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Humor in business is no joke | Harvey Mackay

Humor works at work

Life is funny, the saying goes.  And when it isn’t funny, sometimes a sense of humor is what gets us through the tough times. Humor plays a special role at work.  As critical as it is to take your work seriously, it is equally important to NOT take yourself too seriously.  Many years ago, a […]

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Stress is a fact of life | Harvey Mackay

Stress is a fact of life

Stress is a used, misused, abused and overused word in our daily conversations.  But what is stress, clinically speaking?  Dr. Hans Seyle, the father of Stress Management Research, said “Stress is the wear and tear on your body caused by life’s events.”   He believed the most frequent causes of stress are an inability to […]

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Employee retention a cause for reflection | Harvey Mackay

Employee retention a cause for reflection

Employee retention is a hot business topic today.  No longer do people stay at the same company for 25 years and collect the gold watch like in years past.  In fact, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, the average worker will have 12 jobs from age 18 to 48.  A shocking statistic.  That alone […]

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Enhance your likeability level | Harvey Mackay

Enhance your likeability level

No matter what business you think you are in, you are in the people business.  And the more people like you, the better and easier life becomes. It’s that simple.  Likeability can get you where you want to go – whether it’s a promotion at work, election to a political office, building a wonderful circle […]

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Losing can help you win || Harvey Mackay's Columns

Losing isn’t the opposite of winning, it can be a part of winning

Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.” Like most kids growing up, the importance of finishing first or winning was always stressed.  As a competitive person, I thought that second place was the same as last.  Losing was a source of shame and bitterness.  No one wants to be defined as […]

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Shake that bad mood

A philosopher was sitting in the shade of a tree next to a beautiful small lake when a troubled young man approached and introduced himself:  “Sir, my name is Ben, and I’m miserable all the time.  I’ve been searching far and wide for a wise person who can tell me why I’m always so unhappy.  […]

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