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For the coaches and the coached

This month I would like to make a few suggestions on how to effectively coach and how to effectively be coached. If you are in a leadership role, one of your primary responsibilities is to coach your direct reports. It will make you a better leader and it will add value to those you lead…

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The power of gifts

This time of year is designed to be about giving and the power of gifts. It usually does not work out as designed as the giving sometimes turns into a frantic focus on urgency and the anxiety that goes with choosing the right gift. I want to encourage you to be mindful during this time…

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The five characteristics of courageous leadership

Continuing Onward Under Rigorous And Grinding Experiences Judy House, the best boss I ever reported to, used to say to me, “Mike, the higher you move in an organization the less freedom you have.” In any endeavor where you have people looking to you for leadership, they are watching you and waiting to see how…

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Leading with heart

Great leadership doesn’t require lofty positions. Leadership is the degree to which you are willing to influence those around you. The key to great influence is your values. What do you value most? To what extent do you exercise your influence in places and in ways that make a difference and are aligned with your…

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Are you a coward?

Relax! I’m not calling you a coward…yet. I am simply asking you to take a moment to evaluate the extent to which courage and fear each influence the way you live and work. I am not here to judge, just to ask tough questions: “What are you afraid of?” “What is the most courageous thing…

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Find your courage

Never make a life or business altering decision in a moment of high emotional intensity, especially when that emotion is fear or anxiety. There have been more regrettable decisions made because of what we are afraid of than probably any other emotional state. Fear manifests when you think about what will happen or what won’t…

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Are you really grateful?

As is my tradition in November, I am dedicating this piece to gratitude. We live in a world that is so fast-paced and busy, time is seldom taken to truly and deeply express gratitude. I am not talking about a polite ‘thank you’. I am speaking here about something deeper, something that you take the…

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Recognition and gratitude – Roped Club

What do you think the world would be like if each of us committed to verbally recognize one person every day? As the season of Thanksgiving approaches I have a challenge for you. The challenge is a lifelong commitment to verbal recognition and gratitude. With that in mind, I have started a club inspired by…

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Gratitude

As is my tradition in November, I am dedicating this piece to gratitude. We live in a world that is so fast-paced and busy time is seldom taken to truly and deeply express gratitude. I am not talking about a polite thank you. I am speaking here about something deeper, something that you take the…

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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

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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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