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Are you hungry to learn?

Perhaps there is no better skill to have and master than the skill of curiosity. Having a sincere interest in learning and understanding seems to me to be a much nobler pursuit than having a sincere interest in being understood. What opportunities do we miss when we are concerned that people understand US. What relationships…

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Success leads to happiness or happiness leads to success?

That question has been the source of debate from the halls of academia to the board rooms of corporations to parenting classes and beyond. Do happy people accomplish more or does accomplishing more make them happy? Since we were children, you and I have been taught both subtly and directly that if we work hard…

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How often do you get defensive?

If you over-explain yourself, make it someone else’s problem, or tend to think or say that you did what you did because someone else did what they did, then you are challenged with being defensive. If you are not open to this blog and willing to consider that from time to time you may get…

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What do you stand for?

Some time ago I asked one of my clients to answer that question. He was surprised at how difficult it was to come up with an answer. When I asked him what his sales numbers were the previous month, he was able to recite them without a second thought. It is not that the numbers…

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Do you love what you are doing? Does it matter?

If you listen carefully, you can hear the murmur of debate. The debate is whether people should be doing something they love for work. Should people be actively enjoying their work and living out at least part of their purpose in life through their careers? In 2013, Gallup released some research that indicated 24% of…

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Does generosity pay off?

Give and it will be given to you. That’s part of the tradition I was raised in. Be nice, be helpful, be generous and ultimately it will come back to you. With all due respect, I am not certain that is true at all. It is certainly a good character quality to be generous. It’s…

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How well do you know and live by your core values?

Your core values matter, all the time. There is much talk about core values. There are courses on identifying your core values. I have written and taught extensively about core values. I am a believer in them as the core of who we are as people. A few things to know about your core values….

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How to stay calm under pressure?

Whether you are a leader, a follower, or both, there is always pressure. Home, work, and even play can create tension. While there are many things that are great about the “technology age,” the speed and volume of information has created an enormous strain on individuals and organizations. If you are feeling the pressure, you’ve…

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What exactly is incrementalism?

According to Statisticbrain.com roughly 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions and yet fewer than 8% ever achieve them. Why? Too Lazy? No Discipline? Some other self-critical reason? I don’t think any of those are the reasons. I think the American way is to do things big. We like big cars, big meals, etc. In…

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Remote Work Culture

  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 question is pretty straightforward. “Initially, I believed that managing my team remotely was going to be temporary. Now it seems our company is going to make this at least semi-permanent….

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Is Work About Money

  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 question is pretty straightforward. “There is much talk about work being more than money, that we should have purpose or enjoyment. Are there times when work really is only about…

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Learning From Mistakes

  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 question is pretty straightforward. “It is widely accepted that people learn from their mistakes. If that is true, then why are people so concerned about making mistakes?” Wow, right? Wow….

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When to Pull the Plug

  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 question is pretty straightforward. “How much time is reasonable to invest in a new business idea before you give up on it?” The answer to the question is that’s a…

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Difficult conversations

  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 question is pretty straightforward. “Mike, what’s the best way to have a difficult conversation?” First, decide to have the difficult conversation. Second, be clear in the difficult conversation. Third, get…

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Perspective & 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. This question is pretty straightforward. “Recently, I heard you speak about perspective and focus. You talked about moving toward and moving away. Please work that into a Mondays with Mike so…

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Confrontation

  Mike Staver: 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. Short, sweet, to the point. Are you ready? “Somebody told me I was being confrontational. I disagree. I think I was just confronting them about…

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Silence

  Mike Staver: 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. Short, sweet, to the point. Are you ready? “When is silence better than words?” Oh, that’s a good question. When is silence better than words?…

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Interview Questions

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Assertive, Needs-Based Conversations

  Mike Staver: 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 female executive in a medical company. I was asked to head up a new project and I gladly accepted the role. I recently…

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Do you have regrets?

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions for people just like you. Here’s this week’s question. “I often hear people say they have no regrets. That statement makes me wonder if I am somehow unusual because I have many regrets. I’m not depressed…

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Answering This Question Terrifies Me

  Hi, everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where we answer questions from people like you. I got to tell you– I have to tell you that Johnny, Marty, and I are going to weigh in on this one. Well, they might, if they’re smart they won’t. This is one of…

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