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Can you please put your phone down and look up?

I was walking through the Atlanta airport recently and I noticed how many people were walking while looking down at their mobile device. Then there she was, out of the crowd a woman looking down at her phone, walking right toward me on a direct collision course. Hmmmmm, do I move or do I let…

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Role or Purpose

All of us have roles. We are leaders, agents, employees, parents, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives etc, etc. We perform numerous tasks based on the roles we identify ourselves in. While these roles are important and help us build our perception of ourselves and our lives, I am wondering if there might be a deeper, more…

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Do the small things get in the way of the big things?

Bakersfield is a city in Southern California, near the southern end of the (drought stricken) San Joaquin Valley. I was there for a speaking engagement and was invited to dinner with a large group. I was fortunate to sit next to a gentleman that is a BIG time farmer and sits on the California Water…

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Are you burnt out?

There I was sitting in the Atlanta airport waiting for a flight when WHAM I got hit with what felt like a bolt of lightening. Screaming kids, inadequate air conditioning, flight delay and two weeks on the road all contributed to the realization that I simply was not happy, and I didn’t want to do…

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Is your life balanced?

If it is, stop reading this and begin to write a book. I didn’t ask if you knew something about it or if you attended a seminar on it. I mean, is your life really balanced? The point is, I think life balance is a futile pursuit, and it leads to unnecessary pressure and guilt….

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Are your ducks in a row?

Over the last few weeks, I have heard several people say they were getting their ducks in a row. I think that is another way of saying they are getting things in order. Nikki is the managing broker of a real estate office in Houston, Texas. She shared an interesting twist on that phrase with…

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Are you about effort or achievement?

“Effort is admirable, achievement is essential.” This is what I heard the Fortune 500 CEO, John Chambers of CISCO Systems, say just before I went on to speak. I could have just stood up and said, “Well, that just about sums it up folks. Thanks for coming!” I didn’t, of course, but he did pretty…

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Are you competitive?

I watched the Olympics for the last couple of weeks. Talk about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat! There is nowhere that the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat is any more evident. I was struck by the focus and commitment the athletes have to their sport. Whether it was…

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Do you feel things are out of control?

If you have not been able to break away from your interest in the news, then I am certain you are riding the ups and downs of the geopolitical world we are now living in. There was a time when only my real estate clients were actually experiencing the turmoil. Now everyone is feeling it;…

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Defensiveness

  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. “Why do people get defensive? What can I do to stop my own defensiveness?” People get defensive because they hear whatever’s being said, as an accusation. If…

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Censorship

  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 is censorship warranted?” Man, you guys are really starting to send in some good questions. When is censorship warranted? You know what? I’m not sure I’m…

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A Goal for Humanity

  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, what goal do you think humanity is not focused on achieving but should be?” Holy smokes. That’s a tough– What goal do you think humanity…

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How to Deal with Fear

  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, you have spent most of your career helping people live and lead more courageously. Have there been times in your life when you were afraid?…

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Divorce

  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 decided to get a divorce. I had tried everything I know to try and it just doesn’t get better. My faith tradition says it’s a…

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Increasing Anger

  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. “Is it just me or does the world seem like it’s crazier and people are more angry?” Yes, it seems like it’s crazier and people are more…

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True Colors

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Well, at least most of you. Here’s this week’s question. “Dear Mike, I was recently listening to a podcast and the host said something that made me think I should send…

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Collaborative Decision Making

  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 is one of those short questions that I think is going to be kind of challenging. “I try to be collaborative, but sometimes I run out of patience and just…

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Essential Skill

  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 is one of those short questions that I think is going to be kind of challenging. “What is the one skill you think everyone should have?” We’re going to do…

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Practicing Civility

  Hi, everybody. This is Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series, where we answer questions from people just like you. This week’s got a great question. Me and the guys are going to weigh in on this. “Civility seems to be a dying art. What are some ways I can…

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Good Question

  Hi, everybody. This is Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series, where we answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “Dear Mike, I realize asking great questions is important. What are some indications that I’m asking good questions and not just being annoying?” That’s a good…

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Evidence Based Medicine

  Hi, everybody. This is Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series, where we answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. Boy, it’s a medicine question. “Evidence-based medicine tries to reduce variations in practice, reduce inappropriate care and reduce waste by using results of studies of large…

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