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Do you know the difference between your gut and your guilt?

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day who was working through a challenge. During the conversation they kept saying that their gut was telling them to do ‘X’. I stopped them mid-sentence the next time they went down that road and said, “Is that your gut or your guilt?” Turns out…

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What do you think about when times are tough?

Every day we are faced with challenges in our personal and professional lives. These challenges are sometimes controllable but often are not. The fact is we are either dealing with a difficult issue now, or are about to, or have just finished dealing with one. Now, don’t you feel better? The key to success has…

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Are you smarter than a sea turtle?

I was snorkeling yesterday off Maui. Once the initial part of the adventure was complete, the captain of our boat said we were going to pull anchor and go look for sea turtles to dive with. That’s exactly what we did. When I got back on the boat, the first mate asked us some sea…

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Obstacles or opportunities? Where is your focus?

We live in a real world with real problems that are really challenging. It is foolish to attempt to dilute that reality with cheesy clichés or platitudes. The fact is, Nietzsche was wrong: it is not always true that “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” It is not always true that “every cloud has…

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How effective are you at graduations?

Maxx, my step son, just graduated from High School on Saturday. Last week we spent 2.5 days at his college orientation at The University of Central Florida (GO KNIGHTS). During the orientation, there was a presenter who talked about staying connected and letting go in your relationship with the student. As I was listening, it…

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How do you deal with challenging people?

Last week I was asked by a coaching client to help her deal with a direct report who was challenging to her. The direct report kept sticking her nose into things that were none of her business. This nosiness was not only distracting and annoying, but it took focus off the work that needed to…

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Is your life about transition or transformation?

You and I experience about 20,000 moments a day. Negative, positive, or neutral, they are moments nonetheless. Many of those moments result in change–change in thought, change of plans, change of attitude, etc. My questions for you this month are: Are the changes that happen in your life and work simply transitions, or are they…

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How realistic are you?

As most of you know, I returned from riding my Harley around the perimeter of the USA on Labor Day weekend. It was a 40 day adventure that’s hard to put into words. I was asked many questions during the 6 weeks, but the one that was the most interesting was, “How can you just…

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Can you admit when you are wrong or don’t know what you are doing?

I had an issue with my new laptop. I accessed the Dell customer service chat feature only to be told 10 minutes into the chat that my problem had to be handled by a live person and should only take 10 minutes. I called. I was rerouted to the Philippines. The gentleman was nice and…

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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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Taking a Stand

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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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Terrible Listener

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people like you. Here’s this week’s question: I work for somebody that’s a terrible listener, and I’m married to someone that’s a terrible listener. It drives me crazy. Any help would be appreciated. You guys know…

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Overwhelmed Leader

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people like you. Here’s this week’s question: I am a leader in a small business. Not the only leader, but I seem to be the one everyone comes to for answers. It’s overwhelming to me. If…

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Knowing Your Capabilities

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Inner Voice: Friend or Foe?

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