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Rudeness is contagious in the workplace | Harvey Mackay

Rudeness is contagious in the workplace

Germs can run rampant in a workplace, but so can another problem.  Researchers at the University of Florida, presenting their findings in the “Journal of Psychology,” say that rudeness can be contagious. The researchers followed 90 graduate business students as they practiced negotiation techniques over seven weeks, switching partners several times.  Students who described a […]

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The wisdom of Bruce Halle | Harvey Mackay

The wisdom of Bruce Halle

I often use the expression – One person can make all the difference in the world. That adage certainly applied to my friend Bruce Halle who recently passed away.  Bruce was the founder of Discount Tire, the nation’s largest tire and wheel retailer with 975 stores in 34 states and more than 20,000 employees. He […]

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A smile adds face value

Readers of this column know that I am a big fan of Dale Carnegie, the master of making friends.  I carry a poem from one of his books with me and often share it when I am speaking to groups.  It’s called “The Value of a Smile,” and I hope you learn as much from […]

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Dig your well before you're thirsty | Harvey Mackay

Dig your well before you’re thirsty

If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all the truly successful people I’ve met over a lifetime, I’d say it is the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts. Although I never met David Rockefeller, he certainly would have fit in this category.  When he passed away in March 2017 […]

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A new year brings change | Harvey Mackay

A new year brings change

A new year often brings new beginnings.  I was intrigued to discover how one company used a novel way to motivate employees to think about new ways of doing things. Here is the approach practiced by Chiyoji Misawa, who founded the largest home builder in Japan, Misawa Homes, more than 50 years ago.  He “died” […]

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Putting the fun in fundraising

A little girl asked to see the president of a large company.  She explained that her club was raising money and asked if he would contribute. Smiling, he laid a quarter and a dollar bill on his desk and said, “Take whichever one you want.” The little girl said, “My mother taught me to take […]

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Look for these traits in future leaders | Harvey Mackay

Look for these traits in future leaders

I don’t care if you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a small business owner or a manager or supervisor; you are only as good as the people around you.  In other words, it’s important to surround yourself with success-oriented people.  When hiring, always try to pick future leaders.  They may not be easy […]

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How to deal with disappointment | Harvey Mackay

How to deal with disappointment

His team was behind one run in the ninth inning, the bases were loaded with two out, and the leading hitter on the team was coming to bat.  The crowd sat on the edge of its seat as he swung two bats in the on-deck circle, picked up the rosin bag, dropped it, straightened his […]

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Perspective deserves a second look | Harvey Mackay

Perspective deserves a second look

A woman hired a bricklayer to build a wall outside her upscale home.  Talking with him while he worked, she was amazed to discover he was the brother of a brilliant concert violinist whom she’d recently seen perform.  “Oh, you’re so lucky to have such a talented brother,” she said.  Then, fearing the man might […]

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Kids teach us great lessons

A little girl visited a farm one day and wanted to buy a large watermelon. The farmer said, “That will be $3.” “But I’ve only got 30 cents,” said the young girl. The farmer pointed to a very small watermelon in the field and said, “How about that one?” “Okay, I’ll take it,” said the […]

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