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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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Increasing Accountability

  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. “We are looking to increase accountability without it appearing punitive or heavy handed. Any thoughts?” The first thought is don’t treat accountability like punishment, right? Because a…

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Correcting Superiors

  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’m a mid level leader in my company. My boss often says things in meetings that are flat out wrong. I’m not sure why he says these…

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Corporate Instability

  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 just downsized 10% of our workforce. I was not part of this round of cuts. However, it feels unstable to me. Do you believe companies…

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Boundaries & Structure

  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. “When my significant other and I met, we agreed to certain boundaries and structure. We both discussed it, and without pressure, agreed. We have been together five…

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Division

  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 think people are more divided than at other times in my life. Granted, I’m only 43, so I haven’t had all the time in the world….

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Happy New Year 2023

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver.  Happy New Year. Can you believe it? I remember when I was a kid, I used to sit around my friends at the lunch tables and say “Can you imagine the year 2000? What do you think the world will be like?” I can’t imagine the year 2000 now…

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Merry Christmas 2022

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver.  Can’t believe it. It’s the holidays. ‘Tis the season to be stressed out. What am I doing in this stupid mall? Yeah. ‘Tis the season. I go on a rant every year. I’m not going to go on a rant now because I want it to be a happy…

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Redirecting 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. “Things are very different this year than they were last year. Our salespeople have come through two years of the most trying times in business in many…

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Managing Family Businesses

  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. “My 36 year old works in our company. They have significant responsibilities, but are not ready to lead the entire organization. They on the other hand, think…

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Managing a Team

  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 lead a team of ten. It’s a sales team, and I have never managed a group before. I have always been a do it myself person….

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Happy Thanksgiving 2022

  Hi, everybody. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year. Here we are, sitting in the studio, me and Marty, trying to get a lot of work done, and it’s time for a holiday message. Would you believe it! You know what, there was a Mondays with Mike, once upon a time, that…

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Let’s talk about unhappiness

  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. “All in all I’m a happy person. When I’m not a happy person it worries me. How do I know when my unhappiness is something to be…

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