Next Monday Blog

Stories and snippets on developing leadership skills

Next Monday’s blog is intended to share authentic stories about developing leadership skills and being the best version of you through personal and professional growth.

Build Confidence In 3 Steps

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Sep 15, 2017

Confidence is important in life and at work. Even if blatant gender norms have largely been shed in the corporate world, your lack of confidence could be hindering you professionally. A recent study on topic revealed half of female respondents reported chronic feelings of self-doubt. This finding supported a "confidence gap" between professional men and women, which may negatively impact a woman's career trajectory. It doesn't matter whether you're male or female, if you're the smartest person in the room but don't have confidence, you could be obstructing your own career.

Ladies: What Peer Groups are NOT

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Aug 30, 2017

I believe in giving clarity where clarity is due. Oftentimes, people perceive peer groups negatively, and as a valuable option for women looking to grow, that can give leadership groups a bad rap. Today, I have a single goal with this blog post, and that's to clear the air on what Next Monday peer groups are not

How to Turn Guilt into Glory with a Life Coach

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Aug 14, 2017

Do you feel guilty about considering a life coach? Guilt seeps its way into many areas of the modern woman's life. You're expected to do it all on your own, from advancing in competitive career ladders to raising a family. There are only 24 hours in a day, but somehow you have to fit chores, social plans, work commitments, and family time into the mix. You often find yourself picking up slack in the office, whether you're volunteering time to arrange work parties or covering for your colleagues when they're slacking off. Any time you invest resources in yourself, you consider how they could benefit other people. It's impossible to avoid guilt in today's society as a woman. 

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Meet Your Coach: Michelle Pape

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jul 25, 2017

Relationships are crucial no matter the context. From who you buy cars from to who you trust with your healthcare and even who grooms your dogs. People matter and are the hallmark of any interpersonal relationship. I thought about the message I share with my network about who I am and realized the great opportunity I have to share that message here. I hope it helps you see me as who I am and how I can serve you.

Getting Better: Keeping On-Track with Your Personal New Year’s Resolution

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jul 10, 2017

It’s halfway through the year which means, statistically, New Year’s resolutions have died. In fact, according to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the end of February. In other words, it’s not out of the ordinary and don’t beat yourself up! If you made a resolution to grow personally or professionally this year, it’s not too late to pick up where you left off. Check out a few different ways you can continue working on yourself this year.

#GirlBosses and Beyond: Why You Should Refine Your Leadership Skills

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jun 23, 2017

Even though you might already be an amazing leader, continuously working to become better should always be a priority. Regardless of your industry or stage of life, working on yourself never goes out of style and is always a worthy investment. Here are a few ways you are able to continue working on your leadership skills to become the most successful version of yourself possible:

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Let Go of the Guilt: Embrace Being a Working Mom

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jun 12, 2017

Women can occasionally feel guilty or bad for being away from their kids and families, sometimes missing milestones and big events, all while trying to make the household run smoothly and maintain some sanity. It's no secret that a ton of moms work  - that's the norm in this day and age. In 2016 alone, 70.5% of mothers with children under the age of 18 were part of the workforce. Balancing life, including being a mom and having a professional life, can be challenging. Let us help you feel like you’re doing enough, giving enough, and being enough. Here are some tips on letting go of that guilt

What Draws You to Inspirational Leaders?

Posted by: Michelle Pape on May 24, 2017

Effective leaders inspire. Leaders of this nature don’t set out on a mission to be inspiring, it just happens because of who they are. Inspiring is a state of being. An inspirational leader will want you to be the best version of who you are. They’re not worried about recognition because the focus is on serving others.

Why It's Perfectly OK to Have a Life Coach

Posted by: Michelle Pape on May 8, 2017

The term “life coach” has been given a bad rap. Most people don’t have a clue on what a life coach is or does. Maybe you’re embarking on a career change. Maybe you’re facing a life/career transition. Maybe you’re at a crossroads in a relationship.

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Being Content: A Leadership Lesson on Failure

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Apr 25, 2017

You can't always succeed. Many of the women I work with are alarmed and frightened when they encounter setbacks in their professional life — even small ones.

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