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Are you hungry to learn?

By Mike Staver | February 27, 2019

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…

Success leads to happiness or happiness leads to success?

By Mike Staver | January 23, 2019

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…

How often do you get defensive?

By Mike Staver | January 23, 2019

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…

What do you stand for?

By Mike Staver | January 23, 2019

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…

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

By Mike Staver | January 23, 2019

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…

Does generosity pay off?

By Mike Staver | January 23, 2019

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…

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

By Mike Staver | January 23, 2019

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.…

How to stay calm under pressure?

By Mike Staver | January 23, 2019

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…

What exactly is incrementalism?

By Mike Staver | January 23, 2019

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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By Mike Staver | July 14, 2019

Hi everyone, I’m 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: Dear Mike, I know you’re non-traditional and unconventional in every sense of the word. So I’m going to ask a non-traditional question! Good for you – I’m…

The Family Business vs My Own Path

By Mike Staver | July 7, 2019

Hi, 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, I’m graduating from college in about six months. I’m getting a lot of pressure from my family to follow the tradition that has been multiple generations. And…

Succession Plan

By Mike Staver | June 30, 2019

Hi, everyone, this is Mike Staver, and this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here is this week’s question: Dear Mike, I work for a company where there’s no succession plan. Well no succession plan that’s been shared. The head of the company is…

Should I Pursue My Dreams?

By Mike Staver | June 23, 2019

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 the question: Is ‘pursue your dreams’ good advice? Dear Mike is ‘pursue your dreams’ good advice… I suppose it depends on what your dream is! Generally I think… you know that…

Should I be looking for a Job?

By Mike Staver | June 16, 2019

Hi, everybody, I’m Mike Staver, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly show where I answer questions from people just like you. Well, I don’t know if they’re just like you but they’re people, and they send me questions. Here we go: Dear Mike, I’m in an HR job. I’m not the most senior, but…

How to Take A Backhanded Compliment

By Mike Staver | June 9, 2019

Hi everyone this is Mike Staver and this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video show where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question: How do you handle it when a person gives you a compliment that is actually an insult… but they truly meant it as a compliment? Listen…

Setting Boundaries with a Boss

By Mike Staver | June 2, 2019

Hi everyone I’m 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: Dear Mike, I work for a boss that’s a textbook narcissist. Not a jerk narcissist, but the kind you really like to hang out with outside of…

Overwhelming New Job

By Mike Staver | May 26, 2019

Hi everyone 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, it’s kind of a long one. I know you’re going to light me up and act like I’m stupid for what I’m about to ask. [Would I do…

Should I Confront My Boss?

By Mike Staver | May 19, 2019

Hi everyone, I’m 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: Dear Mike, I’m a leader in a company that is doing really, really important work. I love our mission, I love what we stand for, and I…

How to Stay Positive in an Angry World

By Mike Staver | May 12, 2019

Hi everybody, I’m 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: If animals could talk, which animals would be the most annoying? Just Kidding! That’s funny man! That is funny. What is your real question? How do I…

How to Handle 360 Feedback

By Mike Staver | May 5, 2019

Hi everybody, I’m Mike Staver and this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people like you. I guess they’re like you, but they’re people that’s for sure! Here we go, here’s the question: Dear Mike, I’m the leader of a group of about 20 people. I just got…

How to Avoid Gossipers

By Mike Staver | April 28, 2019

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, there are those at the company where I work that are the worst gossips in the world. I try to stay away from them when they…

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