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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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Bad Habits

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 such a great question! Dear Mike, I saw a post on Facebook that said: “Are they bad habits if you enjoy them?” I immediately said to my girlfriend “I’m sending…

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Your Authentic Self

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from viewers just like you. Dear Mike, I am very happy with who I am. There are those close to me, family mostly, that are not so happy with who I am. I’m trying to work through…

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Navigating Company Politics

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a video series where I answer questions from people like you. Here we go! Are there times when you have to play political games just to effectively navigate a company’s culture? I don’t do politics well. I feel like I’m always about to step on…

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Irrational Fairness Obsession

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions that people send in. This question is a little on the long side, so stay with me. We’re having a huge debate in our company about policies around hours of work, start and end times. I’m a…

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Morning People

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. Here’s this week’s question: My wife is a morning person. She is always happy, chipper, and chatty in the morning. I’m neither happy, chipper, nor chatty in the morning. She…

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A Friend with No Self-Awareness

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver and this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people like you. Here’s this week’s question: I have a friend with almost zero self-awareness. Everything that doesn’t go their way is someone else’s fault. When I gently ask about their responsibility they’re flat out…

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Executive Pay Scales

Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions. Here’s this week’s question! Dear Mike, I’m really unhappy in my job. Ok, so lots of people are. I’m an executive. I’m paid a lot of money, and when I say a lot of money, I…

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Problems with Commitment

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions that people send to me. This is a fascinating question. I made promises to my significant other about changing a specific behaviour about me that needs to be changed. And in fact, I agree that the behaviour…

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Easily Distracted

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions sent to me by people like you. Here’s this week’s question. Dear Mike, I tend to be easily distracted. I focus on things for a few minutes and then I drift away. It’s very frustrating. Any suggestions…

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Procrastination Solutions

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Usually they’re just like you. Dear Mike, I’m a procrastinator, what can I do to stop it? I’ll tell you later. Next question. Just kidding! Alright, so you’re a procrastinator and you need to stop…

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Employee Boundaries for Social Media

Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Pretty much like you, probably like you. Here’s the question this week: We recently held performance reviews and a staff member did not take the constructive criticism very well. The staff…

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Tooting Your Own Horn

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, I don’t know if they’re just like you, but they’re questions. You ready? Here we go. Mike, recently I learned that I was selected to receive a prestigious award later this…

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