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Ask Mackey | Work & Passion

By |2016-02-10T15:04:57+00:00February 10th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

"Why are you here?" I asked.  The Fortune 500 Executive responded, "Because I am burnt out and exhausted."  "The company keeps reducing our department and adding more work load to those of us that aren't cut."  "I am working sixty to eighty hours a week."  "I want to find out how soon I can quit/retire." What [...]

Passion and Work

By |2017-05-09T22:13:45+00:00February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

“Why are you here?” I asked.  The Fortune 500 Executive responded, “Because I am burnt out and exhausted.”  “The company keeps reducing our department and adding more work load to those of us that aren’t cut.”  “I am working sixty to eighty hours a week.” “I want to find out how soon I can quit/retire.” “What [...]

Understanding the Customers' Perspective

By |2017-05-09T22:13:31+00:00May 27th, 2015|Categories: Business Wise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

We are a society obsessed with finding a “good deal”, which is why customers today place such a heavy emphasis on pricing. This leaves the business owner with plenty of questions: What should I charge? What profit will I achieve at $x price? How much is too much? Pricing has traditionally been reliant on a more [...]

Do you really own a business?

By |2017-05-09T22:13:16+00:00October 17th, 2014|Categories: Business Wise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As business owners, it is so easy to let the business become your life. So much to do, so little time. At least that is what we tell ourselves. For life to be worthwhile, it needs balance, and most business owners I meet have precious little of that in their lives. I think we have to [...]

Having Kids – Are You Going Back to Work?

By |2017-05-09T22:13:04+00:00March 25th, 2014|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

This is a five part blog series focused on the financial aspects of having children.  Specifically, the issues one should consider prior to bringing a child into a family.  This is part three, Are You Going Back to Work. To read the first, Having the “Serious” Talk, click here.  To read the second, Budgeting for a [...]

A View from the Future

By |2017-04-18T20:53:57+00:00November 18th, 2013|Categories: Press Room|Tags: , , , , , |

reposted from The Goering Center Newsletter  by: Mackey McNeill, President and CEO of Mackey Advisors   Why can’t we all see the future?  Edie Weiner, futurist, believes it is because we develop educated incapacity.  Your experience and knowledge is your greatest asset and your greatest baggage.  The bottom line is we learn too much about something [...]

A Search for Cinderella

By |2017-05-09T22:12:49+00:00October 4th, 2013|Categories: Business Wise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

We are a company of Cinderellas. Each of us is uniquely qualified for what our job entails, whether or not it is in our job description. Finding the team we have now was more luck than process. Part of that process was watching new employees come and go which was painful, uncomfortable, and demoralizing. But there [...]

Go Beyond Customer Service

By |2017-05-09T22:12:44+00:00September 13th, 2013|Categories: Business Wise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

For those of you who don’t know what Hubspot is I will give you a very brief overview. Hubspot is a SAAS company that provides tools for inbound marketing success. We have been using the system for almost a year and I am happy with our results so far. When anyone in business hears the word [...]

Affordable Care Act Notification Penalty as of October 1, 2013

By |2013-09-10T16:24:06+00:00September 10th, 2013|Categories: Business Wise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Beginning October 1, 2013 any business with at least one employee and $500,000 in annual revenue must notify all employees by letter about the Affordable Care Act’s health-care exchanges, or face a fine up to $100 per day. This requirement applies to any business regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act, regardless of size.  Going forward, [...]

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