Our Need To Feel Needed… And When It Must Change

Need to Feel Needed - Michael MamasThe Huffington Post just published one of my latest articles. It begins:

While recently giving a lecture in the San Francisco area, I was asked: “Would you please talk about the need to feel needed? It seems to be a very important, fundamental instinct.”

I responded by first saying it was one of the most beautiful questions I’ve been asked in a long time. I began by telling the story of two beautiful, white, draft horses owned by a friend. The horses were inseparable. Their worlds revolved around one another. They loved each other. When one of them passed away, the other, although perfectly healthy, also died within two weeks. We hear stories of long-term married couples having a similar scenario. So, let’s take a deeper look at what is actually going on here…

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What Ever Happened to ‘Peace and Love’?

I just published a new article on Medium.com. It begins:

“I attended undergraduate school in the late sixties and early seventies when the hippie movement was at its peak. As a conscientious student, I didn’t have time for anything other than my studies. However, today I long for those peace and love ideals.

“Realistically speaking, what is peace and love anyway? Isn’t it far more than non-violence and free love? Doesn’t it include more than being respectful, compassionate, polite, and dignified toward all people, not just the ones you agree with?”…

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How to ‘Win’ an Argument Without Losing the Relationship

Win, Lose an Argument - Michael MamasEntrepreneur.com just published one of my new articles. It begins:

“Think about the last argument you got into. Did you win? Did you lose? Did it matter? Did you get angry and did it end uncomfortably? How did it make you feel and how did it make the other person feel? If you won the argument, how much did you really gain, and how much did you actually lose?”…

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Key Principles to Building a Business Team

Building a Business Team - Michael MamasI just posted a new article on LinkedIn. It begins:

“Are you thinking about constructing a team for your business? The following principles are typically not employed, which is why I am presenting them here. As you apply these principles, there will be less turnover, both you and your team members will feel more fulfilled, and your business will run more smoothly. In short, you will positively transform your workplace…”

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How to Work with the 5 Classic Personality Types

5 Classic Personality Types in Business, by Michael MamasEntrepreneur.com just published another one of my new articles. It begins:

“Wilhelm Reich, a colleague of Sigmund Freud, laid the foundation for five classic personality types which, to this day, are well recognized in the field of psychology. Dr. Reich actually identified the body builds of these five types first, and then identified the personality types… By knowing about and working with these five classic personality types, you can understand yourself better and become more effective at working with others…”

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An Ounce of Prevention… How to Keep Problems From Taking Over

Though it’s tough to admit, if we could take a step back and look at difficult situations we encounter, we would realize we are creating our own problems. “I knew that guy was unhappy, but I just didn’t want to deal with it. I had enough on my plate as it was. After all, it was clear to me that I was right. I just figured he would be able to sit down, think about it, and come to his senses. How wrong I was. He even went so far as to hire an attorney and declare war! A great deal of time, stress, and money later, he finally backed off, but the relationship was compromised and there was, of course, no apology. If only I had had a heart-to-heart conversation with him, the whole hassle might never have occurred”…

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When Relationships Get Tense – How to Handle Tough Times with Care

When Relationships Get Tense, by Michael MamasWhen feeling tension in a relationship, find a way to address it.

Trying to dance around or ignore a tense situation allows it to grow stronger over time.

Because addressing a tense situation can be uncomfortable, we tend to avoid it.

Timing is essential when you address a tense situation. Find the right time…

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In the Rhythm of Life, Timing is Everything

In the Rhythm of Life, Timing is Everything, by Michael MamasHuffingtonPost.com just published another one of my new articles. It begins:

“In planning our family vacation, my older daughter had her heart set on a particular schedule. Through a conversation with my wife and younger daughter, we felt the need to change the schedule a bit, but were concerned about how my older daughter would react. A little later when she came down for breakfast, I started to bring up the subject. My younger daughter immediately gave me a nudge and whispered, “Dad, not now.” I quickly recognized her wisdom and led the conversation in a different direction. The timing just wasn’t right…”

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7 Ways to Manage Adversarial Situations Wisely

7 Ways to Manage Adversarial Situations Wisely, by Michael MamasEntrepreneur.com just published one of my new articles.

It begins:

“Unless you’re some sort of unbelievable saint, if you’re in business, you will encounter adversarial situations and perhaps even adversaries. If you don’t manage these adversarial situations well, it will likely cause you many needless headaches as well as undermine your business or job”…

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Understanding People

Understanding People, by Michael MamasIt is not easy to understand another person. But if we observe their behavior, how they hold themselves, their demeanor, we can gain insight into what makes them tick.

The ability to take a step back and try to understand others is an important skill to develop in life.

Of course, remaining humble with our insights is an important part of the learning process.

The deeper you look, the better you see.

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