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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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Make The Call To Improve Phone Skills | Harvey Mackay

Make The Call To Improve Phone Skills

The world is getting smaller every day. Thanks to advances in technology, we can be connected to points around the globe in seconds through our computer or telephone. We can even be on the other side of the world almost in person in a matter of seconds. Businesses can easily reach people and places that […]

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Humor in business is no joke | Harvey Mackay

Humor in business is no joke

Life is funny.  As a businessman, public speaker and author, I especially love clever stories with a message because they make important points more memorable.  Over the years I have collected a filing cabinet full of great material.  Since April is National Humor Month, I thought I would package up some of my favorites which […]

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Appreciation increases your value

A man attending a seminar on interpersonal relationships became convinced of the need for him to begin showing appreciation to people.  His family seemed like an appropriate place to start.  So on his way home, he picked up a dozen long-stem roses and a box of chocolates.  This was going to be a real surprise, […]

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Stop procrastinating before it stops you | Harvey Mackay

Stop procrastinating before it stops you

Procrastination is a thief.  It robs you of the one commodity that you just can’t buy back:  time.  It throws off schedules.  It replaces accomplishment with inaction.  It turns dreams into nightmares. When faced with a task that you just don’t want to do, many of us simply put it off until tomorrow.  That’s why […]

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The best lessons are short

The best lessons are short, sweet and useful

Readers of this column are remarkable when it comes to telling me what they like most about my weekly musings.  Of course, I’m honored when they tell me they have posted my words on company bulletin boards or used the lessons as motivation. But without question, the most frequent feedback I get is that the […]

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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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Sow seeds of hope || Harvey Mackay

Sow seeds of hope

The most important product that America has managed to produce is not the automobile, television or computer.  It is hope – hope not only for ourselves but for the world.  In these times of so much tension and divisive rhetoric, hope is what will sustain us. America is, after all, a country founded on hope. […]

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Mentoring: a win-win situation

January is National Mentoring Month.  Mentoring can change your life – and theirs.  National Mentoring Month was created to raise awareness of mentoring and as a rallying point for recruiting more adults to step up and be present for young people. Mentoring means helping less experienced people observe, experiment and evaluate different ways of doing […]

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Preparation will win the day

I have written seven bestselling business books, and the title of each of them could have been “Prepare to Win.” My publishers never thought that was a catchy enough title to help sell books, particularly business books, so I went with “Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive,” “Beware the Naked Man Who Offers […]

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