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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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Be Where Your Feet Are

By Mike Staver | May 8, 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. “You often say ‘be where your feet are.’ What does that mean and what is the best way to do that?” Mike: Well, be where your feet…

Angst

By Mike Staver | May 1, 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. “I was watching a video recently and the speaker said that most of the angst we cause ourselves is the result of the stories we tell ourselves.…

Correcting Bad Behavior

By Mike Staver | April 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. Here’s this week’s question. “How do I correct bad behavior that I’ve ignored for a long time? I’ve known it’s not acceptable, but it doesn’t affect anyone else. So I’ve allowed…

Identifying a Company’s True Culture

By Mike Staver | April 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 do you identify a company’s true culture as an investor, prospective employer, or vendor? You want to affiliate with companies whose values align with yours. This…

Purpose & Values

By Mike Staver | April 6, 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 is the difference between purpose and values, and how do they get applied at work and at home? How do they get integrated?” Well well, this…

When to Put Ourselves First

By Mike Staver | April 3, 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. “I’ve been told since I was a kid, and that has been some time ago, to put others before myself. At what point is that incorrect? At…

When the Juice isn’t Worth the Squeeze

By Mike Staver | March 27, 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. “Are there times when the juice isn’t worth the squeeze, even in the face of undesirable consequences of ceasing the squeeze?” That’s a great question. I love…

Considering the Future as a Stakeholder

By Mike Staver | March 20, 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. “I’m a consulting partner and shareholder in a failing company. I have no authority, but I do have influence. I am about 60% sure it’s going to…

Quiet Quitting

By Mike Staver | March 13, 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. “I remember you saying something about caring less when it came to work. At the time, it might have been during the pandemic, I understood it, but…

Advocating for Additional Resources

By Mike Staver | March 6, 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. “I’m a senior faculty member at a major university where I have been for over four years. During that time, basic administrative needs have been provided for…

Personality & Hiring

By Mike Staver | February 27, 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 your thoughts about using personality tests as part of the hiring process? If you believe they are a helpful tool, which test do you like?…

Letting Clients Go

By Mike Staver | February 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. “When do you know it’s time to let a client go?” I could teach hours on this topic, but I don’t have hours. How do you decide…

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