Columnist | Outswimming the Sharks

Become a lifelong learner — you'll be a better partner at work

Harvey Mackay talks about how the investment in education — whether it's a college course or learning about computers or professional networking — is well worth the time.

Effective communication is key to just about everything

Communication can be practiced and improved continually.

Mackay: Compassion is at the heart of everything we do

Contrary to the saying, nice guys often do come in first. And being kind, considerate and empathetic can go a long way to building trust.

Mackay: Healthy competition fuels improvement in all of us

Like Richard Petty, you should strive to win.

Mackay: Don't let negativity take over

Poet and author Maya Angelou said she was convinced that negativity has power and will hurt you if you let it. Studies show constant negativity can lead to depression, anxiety, personality disorders and even mental illness.

You won't get far in business without vision

Harvey Mackay writes about Thomas Watson and others who fully developed their visions of what their companies could be.

LinkedIn and Home Depot founders tried and tried again until they found success

Lessons learned from them is to be bold about trying something new — and don't be afraid to try again.

Business lessons from 'Top Gun: Maverick'

Commitment, camaraderie, courage of conviction, trust — all are present in the movie, and we can all learn from them.

Mackay: Customers are your most important ingredient — treat them that way

Good customer service is a must for any business.

Mackay: Graduates, go where you are valued

Workers need to find a right fit for them. Otherwise, they will not live up to their potential.