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.

Your most valuable investment

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jan 8, 2018

You are worth an investment. Yes, I am talking to you.

I know that if you are reading this you are typically the person to put your own priorities on hold when a deadline is looming, a friend is in need, your coworker needs help or a family member is sick. When something needs to be sacrificed, you are the first to bend.

BLAH BLAH... The Holiday Craze

Posted by: Sarah Noble on Jan 4, 2018

I did it it! I survived the Holiday season.


Does anyone else feel like come January 1st they deserve a medal for the shear number of tasks juggled leading up to and through the Christmas holiday? In all seriousness - things at work are already extra busy and finding time to be a loving wife and caring mother is a challenge. Balancing our daily lives while navigating the shopping, the baking, the kids concerts, the parties and don’t forget the decorating is not for the faint-of-heart.

Excuses Holding Women Back From Success In Business

Posted by: Nichole Winter on Nov 29, 2017

Have you ever started an exercise routine and quit shortly after, telling yourself you’d get back into it eventually? What about a household project that you’ve procrastinated and justified because the holiday season is coming and you have shopping to do?  The one thing that could be holding you back from your goals could be something you aren’t even consciously aware of. We do this on a daily basis. We make excuses!

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Self Love: Are You Faking Or Making It?

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Nov 13, 2017

What do the world’s most successful individuals all have in common that allows them to be so influential? What is it that makes an athlete, musician, or public speaker have the ability to perform in front of people, or a business professional the ability to continue producing innovation after innovation? These individuals hold a strong belief in themselves, confident that they possess the characteristics necessary to do what they do and do it well. They believe they can succeed, no matter the setback. But how do they possess such confidence?

Using Resistance in Leadership & Development Training

Posted by: Nichole Winter on Oct 27, 2017

At some point in your career, you will be faced with the challenge of overcoming resistance. It’s that moment when there are a hundred things going on and you need more than 24 hours in a day to finish them all. It becomes harder to stay focused and the urge to quit grows stronger. It can throw you off-track at any moment.

Are you Sabotaging your Personal Development?

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Oct 19, 2017

Have you ever left the house and somehow ended up at work, but don’t remember how you got there or what happened in between? Like clockwork, you have a routine you follow that is almost thoughtless. You get stuck in a limiting pattern of behavior and feel like you always get the same results. Self-sabotage is the vehicle and you’re in the driver’s seat.

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Why is Gratitude so Important to the Success of Every Business Woman?

Posted by: Nichole Winter on Sep 27, 2017

We're pleased to feature Nichole Winter as a guest blogger for Next Monday! Look for more information and inspiration from this traveler, wife, mom, entrepreneur, fitness lover, business owner, and coach. She's a go-getter in all areas of life. I'll let you get to the good stuff below - enjoy!
- Michelle

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

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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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