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He Who Burns Bridges Better Be A Damn Good Swimmer

Real-estate operators are legendary for slow-pay practices, but I know one who hangs them all out to dry. This gentleman–we’ll call him “Bob”–was the son of a milkman. He made a fortune in the trucking business and wound up owning major-league sports franchises on both coasts. To give you an idea of how nimble he […]

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You Can’t Solve A Problem Unless You First Admit You Have One

The Same Goes For Business Problems Alcoholics Anonymous has used that principle as a starting point to reclaim thousands and thousands of lives. Thousands more are never reclaimed because it’s so hard to change. Sheer stubbornness has destroyed a lot more bottom lines than new technologies. There were just as many mean spirited jibes at […]

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Trust Your Hunches

My favorite Peanuts character, Charlie Brown, is on the pitcher’s mound psyching himself up: “It’s the last of the ninth. The bases are loaded. there are two outs, and the count is three and two on the batter. If I get him out, we win!” At this point, Charlie is surrounded by his friends and […]

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Rain Can Make Your Parade

Retired Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy is a master of helping those around him visualize victory. He’s been that way ever since his high school playing days, which is one reason I worked so hard to help recruit him for the Minnesota Gophers, where he was a college gridiron star. In fact, I was extremely […]

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So You Aren’t Johnny Depp…

Do you lack the dazzle of Angelina Jolie’s lagoon-blue eyes or the regal command of Meryl Streep’s screen poise? Come up short on George Clooney’s suave or Daniel Craig’s rippling abs? Well, you don’t have to rate first billing to be billing first.Call attention to your strengths, recognize where you fit in the team, and […]

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The Mackay Elite 8: A List of Life Changing Sales Books

I’ve consulted top salespeople, sales trainers and booksellers, and all concur that these volumes belong in ever serious salesperson’s collection. All are currently in print and readily available; they appear in no particular order below. These authors have inspired me over the years. I know they’ll help you too.   Amazon.com Widgets   Learn more […]

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Big Cats: Rarely In The Bag

Oil magnate John D. Rockefeller once opined, “I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” I’ll never forget watching the broadcast of The David Susskind Show some years ago. He had on three guests who were self-made […]

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Trust Is A Must

People in business don’t have to like each other, but they do have to trust each other. At MackayMitchell Envelope Company, we don’t tolerate anything less than honest negotiations and delivery guarantees. An envelope is a very standard commodity. Sure, the paper, the glue, and the size can vary. The end product can probably be […]

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The Slippery Slope

You can’t know enough about your customers, suppliers, employees, competitors and audiences. Incomplete information can sometimes be riskier than none at all. Here’s an example: Harold got a phone call from Al who asked if he was going to Rotary the next night. Harold said, “Yes.” Al said, “I have a big problem. My guest […]

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Arrogance: The 7 Deadly Signs

Here is my watch ist for the seven deadly signs of salesperson arrogance: 1. “Our product sells itself.” 2. “The only people on our sales team who matter to me are my superiors or at least my equals.” 3. “Who cares that our competitor’s accounting manager is afraid they’ll be taken over and is out […]

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