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Do you speak your truth?

In our professional and personal lives, most of the success we encounter is the direct result of speaking our truth. Speaking our truth is about how we communicate to ourselves and to those around us. I have found that the times in my life when I have found myself in the best place is when…

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Is honesty really the best policy?

Have you ever had someone say something to you that upset you, made you mad, or otherwise hurt your feelings? When you point that out, have they said, “Well, I am just being honest!” Doesn’t that make you want to say — “Well, lie a little!” So many times people use honesty as a weapon….

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Do you know how to shut up?

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and they made their point, but just had to add a few other comments? Or, how about listening to a speaker that said “in closing” 5 times before they actually closed? I was recently working with two people that were attempting to resolve a conflict. At…

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Have you tried listening?

For years and years and years people have talked about how important listening is. Books are written, seminars are taught, coaches encourage it and bosses expect it. But for some reason most people are pathetic at it. Even after all the lectures, books and teaching most are just not willing to listen. I hereby challenge…

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How influential are you?

One of the most asked questions I get is, “How do I get my (employees, kids, spouse, partner etc) to be more motivated, more focused, more driven, more engaged, or more whatever?” While there are hundreds of people who will give you three points and a poem for how to do that, I would encourage…

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Are you an explainer or an explorer?

Little kids ask a lot of questions in a single day. By the time we become adults, we ask very few questions. Most of the reason for that is that we have been taught that answers get us A’s. Answers prove we are smart. Answers make us feel certainty, and certainty builds confidence. There is…

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Does Donald Trump matter?

Yes he does and he should matter to you! Not because of who he is and what he says. Not because of his ironic popularity. But because of the EXACT reason that he is popular. Trump is a fascinating study in what it takes to influence and what it takes to be followed. Donald Trump…

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How do you deal with angry and hostile people?

Laura and I were recently pulled over by a police officer while out riding our motorcycle. It was a beautiful Sunday and we had a great day. On our way home, about a block from home, there is a four way stop. I came to a complete stop but did not put my feet down…

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Is it possible to over communicate?

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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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How do I navigate today’s difficult circumstances?

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. As you can imagine, there are a lot of questions. So, I just wanted to interrupt our general Mondays with Mike process just to share a little bit of information with you about a couple…

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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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