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Are you hungry to learn?

Perhaps there is no better skill to have and master than the skill of curiosity. Having a sincere interest in learning and understanding seems to me to be a much nobler pursuit than having a sincere interest in being understood. What opportunities do we miss when we are concerned that people understand US. What relationships…

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Success leads to happiness or happiness leads to success?

That question has been the source of debate from the halls of academia to the board rooms of corporations to parenting classes and beyond. Do happy people accomplish more or does accomplishing more make them happy? Since we were children, you and I have been taught both subtly and directly that if we work hard…

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How often do you get defensive?

If you over-explain yourself, make it someone else’s problem, or tend to think or say that you did what you did because someone else did what they did, then you are challenged with being defensive. If you are not open to this blog and willing to consider that from time to time you may get…

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What do you stand for?

Some time ago I asked one of my clients to answer that question. He was surprised at how difficult it was to come up with an answer. When I asked him what his sales numbers were the previous month, he was able to recite them without a second thought. It is not that the numbers…

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Do you love what you are doing? Does it matter?

If you listen carefully, you can hear the murmur of debate. The debate is whether people should be doing something they love for work. Should people be actively enjoying their work and living out at least part of their purpose in life through their careers? In 2013, Gallup released some research that indicated 24% of…

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Does generosity pay off?

Give and it will be given to you. That’s part of the tradition I was raised in. Be nice, be helpful, be generous and ultimately it will come back to you. With all due respect, I am not certain that is true at all. It is certainly a good character quality to be generous. It’s…

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How well do you know and live by your core values?

Your core values matter, all the time. There is much talk about core values. There are courses on identifying your core values. I have written and taught extensively about core values. I am a believer in them as the core of who we are as people. A few things to know about your core values….

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How to stay calm under pressure?

Whether you are a leader, a follower, or both, there is always pressure. Home, work, and even play can create tension. While there are many things that are great about the “technology age,” the speed and volume of information has created an enormous strain on individuals and organizations. If you are feeling the pressure, you’ve…

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What exactly is incrementalism?

According to Statisticbrain.com roughly 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions and yet fewer than 8% ever achieve them. Why? Too Lazy? No Discipline? Some other self-critical reason? I don’t think any of those are the reasons. I think the American way is to do things big. We like big cars, big meals, etc. In…

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Endings and Beginnings

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Mike, does the start of something new in life require the end of something old? That’s a good question. I’m going to make a book recommendation to you, and all of my viewers and that…

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Promoted Beyond Your Skills

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This is a hard question. Dear Mike, I’m coming to terms with the fact that I may be over my head in this job. I may be the Peter Principle brought to life. I’ve been…

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Making Statements on Sensitive Issues

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This is a hard question. I’m a manager of a large division of a privately held company. Recently I came out and made a statement on a sensitive issue. It blew up in my face….

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Dealing With Aging

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This is a hard question. I’m coming up on a birthday, it’s a big one. I hate aging! Please don’t say it’s better than the alternative. What can I do to come to terms with…

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Confronting Your Boss

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This is a hard question. I am a well paid leader in a successful company. My boss is a flat out liar. In fact, he manipulates the facts so radically that I sometimes find myself…

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Corporate vs. Personal Philanthropy

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question: Our company has determined they are going to participate more actively in community service, philanthropy, etc. I have my own causes and prefer to do things on my own for things…

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Fairness & Minding Your Business

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This question’s pretty short and to-the-point. If life is unfair to everyone from time to time doesn’t that make life fair? That’s not really my question, but I heard that somewhere. My real question is…

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Leaving a Failing Employer

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This question’s pretty short and to-the-point. My company is not doing well. In fact, I expect there will layoffs and eventually the company may go out of business. I’ve been employed by this company for…

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Chronic Impulsivity

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This question’s pretty short and to-the-point. What are the indicators of chronic impulsivity? You know, I thought we were going to go to an easy one like, what do you think about moving out of…

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Do we always have a choice?

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This question’s pretty short and to-the-point. Mike, do you believe we always have a choice? I absolutely think we always have a choice. The answer is yes. We may not like the choices, the options,…

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The Best Question of the Year

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. I gotta tell you, this week’s question is a toughest one I might have been asked in Mondays with Mike in a long time! Mike, what is the best question you’ve been asked this year?…

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People Who Repeat Themselves

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This is a good question; this answer may last a couple of days I love this question so much. Here we go: My boyfriend repeats himself. I find it incredibly annoying when somebody repeats themselves….

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