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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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Is this a leadership problem?

  Hi, everybody, I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you, and sometimes I involve my buddies, Johnny and Marty, who are always in the studio with me. They’re our crew. They do a great job. They do a really good job….

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When Should You Cut Your Losses?

  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 is this week’s question. “I loved this week’s Mondays with Mike, especially that you’re ending your Mondays with Mike with ‘Be courageous’.” Oh, good. I’m glad you like it. Thank…

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Negotiating A Middle Ground

  Hi everybody. This is Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where we answer questions from people just like you or people kind of just like you. Here is the question. “This is about finding contentment in negotiating a middle ground.” I love it when people frame that. That’s really…

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Building Net Worth vs Chasing Transactions

Hi, everybody. This is Mike Staver, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people like you. Here’s this week’s question. Real estate companies continue to financially burden realtors with inventory and listings and an all-time low beginning in March 16, 2020. That’s been a long time. Huge monthly fees that were only way…

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Coaching a Lack of Initiative

Hi, everybody. This is Mike Staver, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people like you. Here’s this week’s question. One of my employees, actually an administrative assistant, is asking for an annual review, which is now overdue. I know she will be expecting comments on performance, and then of course, some sort…

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Repeating Advice

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Improving Corporate Culture

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question: What would be your suggestion to a senior leader in an organization that has a rapidly worsening culture. The owner, who doesn’t really worry about the small stuff, is not seeing…

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Strength from Hardship

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question: Does hardship make a person stronger? If so, under what conditions and at what point is it too much hardship? If hardship doesn’t make a person stronger, what does make a…

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Does Life Have Meaning, Intrinsically?

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question: Do you think life has meaning, or do each of us have to determine the meaning of our own lives? Alright all of us here are going to answer this question….

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Starting a Business with a Partner

Hi everybody, 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 thinking about starting a business. I have a friend that is interested as well and has some money to invest. What are your thoughts about business partners? I’ve had them,…

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Collaboration vs. Moving Forward Quickly

Hi everybody, this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question: Can you speak to the importance of collaboration versus just making a decision to get things moving forward? I think collaboration generally is a good idea. So, let’s start with that…

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Happy New Year 2021

This is a special episode of Mondays with Mike, I’m here to wish you a Happy New Year! Let me just say something – if there was ever a time when we were ready for a year to end, this is it. By the time you see or read this, I’m very hopeful that there…

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