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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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Improving Communication Skills

By Mike Staver | September 11, 2023

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. “How can I improve my communication skills?” Marty: Practice, it’s a skill like anything. Mike: That’s right. Marty: You wouldn’t expect to go out and be able to, I don’t know,…

Truth Versus Belief

By Mike Staver | September 11, 2023

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. “What is the difference between truth and belief? How does it affect relationships at home or at work?” All right, Marty, I’m going to bring you in on this one. I…

Embracing Joy

By Mike Staver | September 11, 2023

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. “What causes a person to struggle with embracing or fully experiencing the joy or good feelings about a success or great experience? I have a friend that cannot experience joy or…

People Pleaser

By Mike Staver | September 4, 2023

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. “I am a people pleaser. This gets me in trouble at home and at work. I am a high performer. I continue to achieve success at work. I find that my…

Navigating Power Dynamics with Integrity

By Mike Staver | August 28, 2023

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you.  “How can I navigate power dynamics and ethical challenges in the workplace to maintain my integrity and professional reputation?” Mike: Well, Marty, I’m going to bring you back in on this…

Sharing Personal Matters

By Mike Staver | August 21, 2023

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. “Mike, how much of the story do you recommend a person shares when a friend, family member or colleague starts asking questions about personal matters?” I’m glad to have our producer…

Artificial Intelligence

By Mike Staver | August 14, 2023

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. As often is the case, I’m blessed to have in the studio our producer Marty. We are glad! Marty, you’re a young dude, you love technology, I’ll be very interested in…

Progressing with a Coach

By Mike Staver | August 4, 2023

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. “I have a coach. I like her a lot. She is smart and helpful. I am not making any progress, however, and it’s 100% my fault. I am clear about what…

Work Life Balance

By Mike Staver | July 31, 2023

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. “How can organizations promote work life balance for their employees and create a supportive and productive work environment at the same time?” I love this question so much. Organizations out there…

Skills, Desires & Dreams

By Mike Staver | July 24, 2023

  Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. I’m excited once again to have my producer Marty in the house today. He’s going to be working with me on this question. I always love it when Marty’s here and…

Communication & Conflict

By Mike Staver | July 17, 2023

  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. “How can couples communicate effectively and resolve their conflicts in a relationship?” Holy cow. You’ve been sending me questions that I can write books about. Practice, practice,…

Imposter Syndrome

By Mike Staver | July 10, 2023

  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. “What are some ways to overcome imposter syndrome and build self-confidence?” There are three ways. The first way is accept the fact that most people have imposter…

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