Category Archives for The Mackay MBA

Without a Goal, You’ll Never Score One | Setting Goals

I once heard a math teacher announce an unusual dream at a school assembly: “I hope you all fail.” he said to an audience of high school seniors eager to go out and conquer the world. “Because if you don’t, you haven’t set your goals high enough.” Getting by without setting goals is the ultimate […]

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Visualize Success

  One of the best ways to use your imagination is to visualize or fantasize success. Long ago I came to realize that projecting myself into a successful situation was the most powerful means of attaining my personal goals. That’s what a placekicker does when he comes on the field to kick a winning field […]

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Comeback Kids Don’t Kid Around

  The great jazz vocalist Billie Holiday used to quip, “I’m always making a comeback, but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been.” Today celebrities have a tougher time coming back. That’s especially true when they’re rebounding from scuffles with the law. People may forget, but the Internet has one heck of a memory. Blemishes […]

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Watch Out for These Four-Letter Words

    There are certain four-letter words that have no business in business. Many, in fact, are bad for business—so bad that using them may determine whether you stay in business. No, we’re not talking about profanity here—that’s a given. These are everyday words that really smart people eliminated from their vocabularies early on. Let […]

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Overcoming Rejection: Tried & True Tips

  Quickie #12 Overcoming Rejection: Tried & True Tips Take the criticism, but don’t take it to heart. Realize 10 setbacks are the admission price for any major win. Analyze every failure, but never wallow in it. Don’t break stride and let this loss cost you your focus on the next race. Recognize no one […]

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Your Ultimate Makeover

  Google yourself on the Web. Put your name in quote marks. If you have a common name, you may have to add a few other cues, such as company name, city of residence or alma matter. If the only hit that pops up is a Facebook photo of you in a toga guzzling a […]

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Loyalty in Little Things Is Huge

Fostering employee loyalty is the first step to creating customer loyalty. Most businesses depend on loyal customers for their bread and butter, and occasionally for their gravy as well. We all have customers who will buy from us even when they can get a lower price somewhere else, or quicker turnaround, or better service. But […]

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Worrying Makes You Cross The Bridge Before You Come To It

Recently I saw a survey showing that 40 percent of the things we worry about never happen, 30 percent are in the past and can’t be helped, 12 percent concern the affairs of others that aren’t our business, 10 percent are about sickness–real or imagines–and 8 percent are worth worrying about. I would submit that […]

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Be Yourself

At a Woodrow Wilson Foundation dinner in 2006, I was invited to be the emcee. Here’s what I said to kick off the occasion: “I asked my wife, Carol Ann, what kind of words might suit the occasion. ‘Whatever you do,” she said, ‘Don’t try to sound intellectual, Don’t try to be sophisticated…or charming. Just […]

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Inching Ahead Your Goal Line

Great goals make you stretch, not snap. You must stay focused on your goals above all else. Truly dedicated individuals won’t let anything interfere with attaining their goals. that’s why so few people become champions. It’s not easy. The late Red Auerback, famed Boston Celtics coach, was one of the most successful basketball coaches in […]

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