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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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Self-Centered vs Selfish

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “What’s the difference in being self-centered and selfish?   Well, I probably should have looked it up, but I didn’t see this question until just now. I…

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Prioritizing Values

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “I understand that a values-driven life is better, but how does one prioritize values? For instance, family is one of my core values, so is financial security….

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Positive Focus

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “What do you do to keep your focus positive?” I don’t focus on the negative. Here’s what I do and this is probably not you kind of…

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Silence & Agreement

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “Dear Mike, I have heard you say that silence doesn’t equal agreement. Other than the obvious, just because somebody doesn’t say anything doesn’t mean they agree with…

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Company Social Events

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “Mike, we have numerous social events at work. I’m talking about one a week since things have lightened up and we’ve gotten back together. I find these…

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Enriching Corporate Culture

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “What do you do when the culture is weakening and you feel like your job is to enrich in it and bring it back to life? I’m…

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Negativity

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “There’s a person in my department at work that is THE most negative person I’ve ever met. I swear they could find something wrong with even the…

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Independence

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “During the pandemic, I seemed to get more dependent on my partner. Prior to COVID, I was independent. I did as I pleased and had a free…

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Living a Balanced Life

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “I know for sure that my life is not in balance. For instance, in my soul, I am a musician. I do nothing with my music. In…

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Loyalty

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “At what point does loyalty to a company or relationship become a weakness or detriment to my mental, emotional or career health?” Your loyalty becomes a detriment…

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Corporate Succession Planning

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. 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 is in desperate need of a succession plan. Our owners promised for years that we would have one. He is long on promises and short…

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Emotional Intelligence

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “Emotional intelligence has been a subject for a long time. Do you think it’s important today as ever? Do you think it’s getting better when it comes…

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