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How effective are you at handling change?

“Change is difficult” may be one of the biggest lies people buy. If you won 100 million dollars in the lottery, your life would probably change, and you probably wouldn’t find that change difficult. Change is only difficult when you believe that the change is going to produce negative or undesirable results. “People are afraid…

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Have you ever gotten really good bad news?

2014 was (to put it mildly) a very difficult year. Then, in January 2015, I got a call sharing some bad news. It struck me how relieved I was to hear this bad news. When I thought about why I felt so relieved I realized that, compared to the news I actually expected and was…

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Are you kidding me?

If you have been reading this blog for any time at all, you know I think that a constant need to feel comfortable limits our potential and the results we create. Every major or minor accomplishment that has meant anything to you in your life has required that you work through discomfort. Yet for some…

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Are you playing to win or playing not to lose?

In many ways, we have let the pendulum swing too far in the “can’t we all get along” direction. While I think it’s a good idea to look out for each other and to live in alignment with our values I think it’s not a good idea to play things too conservatively. The papers this…

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Are you optimistic?

Recently I was giving Harrison feedback (the predictive selection and development assessment I use). I shared the feedback with the client that their Harrison indicated they had a tendency toward optimism. They said, “I think that’s true, I am usually positive and happy.” There are many who believe positive and happy is optimistic. While optimists…

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Keeping Your One Word

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 you suggest we choose a word as our theme or True North for the year. For 2020 I’ve chosen the word patience. How do I ensure…

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Dealing with Difficult Staff

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 division head of a hospital. How long do I put up with a snarky, bad attitude leader that reports to me? Well, here’s the question. If…

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Out of Work at 60!

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’m 60 years old and find myself out of work and wanting a new career. I’m tired of sales and sales management, it used to be fun and now…

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Coach or Therapist

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. Welcome to another episode of Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people like you. Here’s the question: I’m looking for some one-to-one help. How do I know if I should choose a coach or a therapist? If it’s an emotional issue (if you’re depressed,…

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Handling Class Hecklers

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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