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What’s In a Name?

  • by Mack McKelvey
  • Jun 08, 2016

Before moving to Denver in the summer of 1995, I had been an intern for a U.S. Congresswoman; I had volunteered on Presidential, Gubernatorial and local elections; I had worked for the same restaurant and Marriott hotel for several years. I was a solid high school student and recent college graduate. When starting my first job hunt, I remember […]

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The Chaos of Creation

  • by Mack McKelvey
  • Feb 02, 2016

I was mesmerized by last night’s Grease: Live! on Fox.  The direction, the cast (and their performances) and the production went far beyond any live television show we’ve seen to-date.  Could this be the renaissance of live TV, a one-hit wonder or just another Sunday night?  And what, if anything does this teach us about […]

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How Mentors Can Help You for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime

  • by Mack McKelvey
  • Jan 26, 2016

Today’s definition of mentorship is fairly nebulous. Is a mentor a coach, a confidant or perhaps someone that quietly helps behind the scenes? The truth is that it likely falls somewhere in between all of these. There are formally-structured mentoring relationships and ones that are more loosely-defined. But for those of us who have had […]

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New Year’s Resolutions Won’t Make You More Successful

  • by Mack McKelvey
  • Jan 06, 2016

It’s that time of year again–year-in-reviews and predictions are flooding my Twitter (TWTR -1.64%) feed. While the New Year is a good time for executives to pause and reflect on the previous year’s successes and missed opportunities, it should also mark the time that leaders are focused on the coming year’s goals and milestones. Business milestones are one thing; resolutions are […]

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts 2015 Growth

  • by Mack McKelvey
  • Jan 06, 2016

Congratulations to Starwood Hotels and Resorts, for a stellar 2015—a year of evolution and incredible growth! Here at SalientMG, we were thrilled to work with them on creating the Infographic to support their 2015 growth story. We are avid believers in content-driven communications; and Starwood’s corporate team strategically uses compelling data visualization and multi-channel distribution […]

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Space Matters

  • by Mack McKelvey
  • Dec 09, 2015

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor reported that more than 27 million, or 14 percent, of working-age Americans are starting or running new businesses. Smaller cities are investing in reurbanization; co-working facilities are in nearly every metropolitan area; yet downtown office vacancy rates are at the lowest levels since 2007. Is there a problem? Or, are we watching […]

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Don’t Burn Bridges

  • by Mack McKelvey
  • Nov 15, 2015

In a November article I wrote for Fortune, I covered one of the largest lessons I’ve learned. Throughout my 20-year career, I’ve been laid off, had toxic bosses, terminated employees, etc. Yet, I don’t see the value in carrying grudges or anger towards a professional situation or individual. Regardless of the circumstance, executives have to […]

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Advice to My 22 Year Old Self

  • by Mack McKelvey
  • Jul 14, 2015

Truth be told, I don’t often think about the early days of my career. When Fortune asked what advice I’d give my younger self, I looked my daughter, who is in her first year at the University of Alabama. I thought about the tough transition from college into my first job. I learned theory in […]

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Data-Driven Productivity

  • by Mack McKelvey
  • Jul 02, 2015

For this contributed piece for Fortune, I was asked to tackle the subject of productivity. How do leaders remain focused on productivity? “In its purest definition, productivity means that value is being created. It shouldn’t be confused with measuring the amount of work that has been completed. The more senior an employee or executive becomes, […]

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Top Down Diversity

  • by Mack McKelvey
  • Jun 10, 2015

In my second contributed piece on Entrepreneur.com, I tackle an issue I’ve been silent on for far too long – Diversity from the top down. Diversity doesn’t just mean gender. Yes, there are far too few women on boards and on management teams—that’s well known and well documented. I’ve been in the tech industry for […]

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