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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 wtih Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question: I’m involved in a production training for my company. I am the trainer for this class. I have one person in the class that is a class clown…

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Scheduling for Others

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from folks just like you. Here’s this week’s question: As a realtor, our schedules are often on the fly with last minute showings in a hot market, how accommodating should I be? I often change my plans…

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Dealing With a Micromanaging Boss

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. This week’s question: How do you interact with a controlling, micromanaging boss? QUIT. Just kidding. Don’t quit. Here’s how you interact with a controlling and micromanaging boss. First of all, ask if…

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Interviewing Techniques

Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from folks just like you. Here’s this week’s question: How do you interview for an intellectually curious mind? Professional and personal growth generally requires a thirst for knowledge, and if you aren’t growing, you’re dying. How…

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Selfishness

Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver and this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Very interesting question this week! Is being selfish really a bad thing? We had a recent question – is a bad habit really a bad habit if you enjoy it…

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What Makes Mike Happy

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike. Here’s this week’s question: I have a question for you. You specifically, Mike Staver. What makes you happy? Wow, that’s a little personal for you to ask me. A couple things make me happy. Puppies make me happy – just kidding. Well, I’m going to say something and…

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What is Inner Beauty?

Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver, and this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions. Here’s this week’s question. What does inner beauty really mean? Maybelline. I don’t know what inner beauty really means! It’s a very subjective question. I do know what inner beauty means, and it means that…

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New Year’s Resolutions

Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver. This is Monday’s with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people like you. Here’s the question: How do I keep a New Year’s Resolution that will last all year? You don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. I hate New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t believe in them!…

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Merry Christmas 2019

Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver. I’m interrupting the regular Mondays with Mike to come to you on a special Mondays with Mike about the Holidays! For today I just wanted to take a moment and reach out to each of you and say I want you to have a great Holiday. I want it…

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Becoming More Vulnerable

Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike. Mike, what are the initial steps for one who is striving to become more vulnerable? Don’t do it! Do not do it! (Just kidding) The initial steps for becoming more vulnerable is to find somebody you trust explicitly. And that might be a therapist…

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Life or Career Resume?

Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, here’s the question! My boss and I (who is a longtime friend) were having a conversation about a very specific subject. The subject was the best career advice for graduates. And it got down to one specific thing: Is it better to build a…

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Social Media Drama

Hi everyone, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people like you. Here’s this week’s question. Dear Mike, I recently got sucked into a Facebook war. This friend posted something that just infuriated me. It wasn’t true, it was malicious and it was stated as if it were…

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