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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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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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Back to School with COVID-19

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: My son graduated from high school this year. He was disappointed that his graduation was virtual. He is preparing to start college in the fall, his particular university is having in-person…

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The Future of Video Communication

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: Video is now a norm. A few months ago most people did not even know how to use Zoom or other video platforms. As things return to the ‘new reality’ as…

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Talking About Politics

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 is much negativity in the world, and now we have an election coming up. No matter who wins, there’s going to be an outcry! There’s probably going…

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Managing Employee Stress

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 manager of a sales office. People seem overwhelmed and stressed. How can I best help them? That’s a good question! First, don’t be overwhelmed and stressed…

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Career Decisions in Difficult Times

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 have found that during this difficult time I have discovered my purpose and preferences, and they do not involve my current job. How do I know if…

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How to Ask About Working From Home

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’ve been working at home for many weeks. I am more productive, I enjoy it, I am less stressed, and I am more engaged with my…

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Taking a Stand

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Don’t be shy – send us your questions! Here’s this week’s question: Mike, I want to take a stand for what I think is right, but I do not want to be…

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Managing Chaos

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 is much chaos in the world right now, what is the best way to manage it so I don’t get caught up in it? Sleep. Lots of…

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Managing a Know-It-All

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 in a group mastermind where we get together and talk about our businesses. There’s a person in the group who’s a blowhard and a know-it-all. His heart…

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Guilt vs. Shame

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 is the difference between guilt and shame? Wow. Man, that is a pretty heavy question. That’s a great question! It’s pretty basic really. So, guilt is good…

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Directing Complaints

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, I’m a sales manager in a privately held small business. We do about $25 million a year in sales. Often people complain about certain policies and decisions…

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