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Pushing the Envelope: All The Way To The Top Paperback – May 2, 2000
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“What would our nation be without Minnesotans? Besides Post-it notes, the state has given us the sublimely American town, Lake Wobegon; the spectacularly American wrestler-turned-Governor, Jesse Ventura; and the quintessentially American businessman, Harvey Mackay.”—The New York Times
“A refreshing delivery of advice.”—USA Today
“Enjoy Harvey's cookbook for success—it gives the reader the best of his wisdom—truly the best kind of chicken soup for anyone and everyone in business and in life.”—Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield, co-authors of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul®
“Pushing the Envelope is from the heart, and his relentless efforts, along with the book’s inherent business wisdom, are likely to push Pushing to the top of the bestseller lists. Nothing less will suit.”—Associated Press
“Harvey Mackay: Relentless determination and Herculean networking have forged a lifetime of achievement. No wonder this hard-driving entrepreneur and sales guru has attracted a cult following.”—Success magazine
“Mackay’s management techniques are phenomenally popular. He’s the author of two of the bestselling business books of all time.”—Miami Herald
“Mackay has the pacing and timing of a good stand-up comedian.”—Alaska Business Monthly
“Pushing the Envelope is extraordinarily wide-ranging.”—American Way
“Harvey Mackay just might be the business world's ultimate motivator.”—Sales & Marketing Management Magazine
From the Inside Flap
y is the author of two New York Times #1 bestsellers, Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. Both these books were recently listed by the New York Times among the top fifteen inspirational business books of all time. Harvey's most recent book, Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty was also a New York Times bestseller. His books have sold more than eight million copies worldwide, have been translated into thirty-five languages, and have sold in eighty countries.
In addition, Harvey is a nationally syndicated columnist and was named by the 170,000-member Toastmaster International as one of the top five speakers in the world. He is founder and CEO of the $85 million Mackay Envelope Corporation.
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First let me say that I always hate finishing one of the Shark's books--that means I will have to wait a year to read the next one. His online site is a good snack, but I love a seven course meal of his best insights and keys to success.
Some of the chapters seemed a bit too familiar, as in "Haven't I heard this from Harvey before?" but I love how he can put into perspective almost everything that happens to you in your professional career.
Harvey is not shy about telling you his mistakes and what he has learned from them. That's the key, learn something from your failures as well as your successes.
A must read for any young professional (as is Dig Your Well...) But like all his books--take notes and/or dog ear pages or risk forgetting some of the many nuggets included.
Bravo Harvey, another job well done.
I just ordered the Swimming With Sharks Book from Amazon last week and will tear into that one when it arrives . If you take at least one idea he has and make it successful, then its worth the price of the book .
This latest tome offers 90 chapters of advice on how to improve yourself, outdo the competition, raise expectations, manage effectively, and do it all with flair. When you pack that much living into one slim volume, you can expect each chapter to have maybe a shade more meaning than a fortune cookie. That's not to say that some of the advice isn't sound. It's just that so much of it is insight into the obvious. Take this pearl, for example: "Always let the other side talk first" in a negotiation. OK, fair enough, but what if both of you have read the book?
If nothing else, Mackay is a master of self-promotion. He tells you that to save time you should listen to books on tape and then gives you the phone number for Nightingale Conant, which he calls "the biggest and best" source of them. Well, he doesn't mention it, but Mackay's taped books are a Nightingale Conant staple. Then again, learning to self-promote, network, and connect at every turn is central to his whole rap. He's merely practicing what he preaches about pursuing every opportunity--indeed, running it into the ground.
Mackay does point readers to some really good titles with the oomph his book doesn't have, suggesting The Real Heroes of Business...and Not a CEO Among Them, by Bill Fromm and Len Schlesinger (Currency/Doubleday, 1994), which chronicles 14 employees across the country who provide exemplary service; and Leadership Without Easy Answers, by Ronald A. Heifetz (Belknap Press, 1994), which is indeed one of the best books on leadership written in many years.
To be fair, Mackay can be a hoot, and sometimes that's all you want one of his books for. He can even laugh at his own breed, as he does in a wonderful send-up in chapter 9. Laid out as a screenplay idea that was rejected by his real-life moviedirector son, the chapter describes a befuddled, aging CEO who spouts management wisdom--when he can remember it--to young whippersnappers seeking advice. "Dig your well before you stub your toe...wait a minute, that's not it...," he fumbles. Hilariously accurate.