Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jun 26, 2018
Great leadership can be a difficult thing to understand. We certainly know a good leader when we’re working for one (or not working for one for that matter), but it's difficult to explain the specific actions that make a good leader so effective. Great leadership is dynamic. It changes us for the better, because a good leader helps us see the best for ourselves because ultimately they believe in us.
The only certainty is a leader’s actions are driven by their principles. It’s through a leader’s actions that the essence of great leadership becomes apparent. Great leaders inspire trust and admiration through their actions, not just their words. They believe in their people, and this belief drives them to create an environment where people thrive. So let’s explore some of the driving principles that set great leaders apart.
Posted by: Michelle Pape on May 14, 2018
The road to self-improvement is long and not always forward. As such, entrepreneurs and professionals are regularly seeking better ways to interact with others or to understand what motivates people, all while trying to improve themselves and their business.
There are a lot of books on self-development, some focused purely on business-related matters, while others look more toward emotional or spiritual growth. To help narrow the list, here are ten recommendations from the Next Monday network:
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Apr 19, 2018
You’ve set your goals. You know what you want. You know what you need to do.
But you’re stuck.
Maybe you’re making excuses, procrastinating or feeling apathetic. Maybe you’re settling for less or convincing yourself of inadequacy. Or maybe you’re hiding because doubt, fear and worry have left you paralyzed by stress. Whatever it is, you’re doing the exact opposite of what you set out to do. You are sabotaging your own success.
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Mar 15, 2018
Sinek’s message is simple. The ability to inspire those around you, to achieve remarkable things, to feel fulfilled by “what” you do starts with knowing your purpose, your “why.” Sinek explains, “Once you understand your WHY, you’ll be able to clearly articulate what makes you feel fulfilled and to better understand what drives your behavior when you’re at your natural best. When you can do that, you’ll have a point of reference for everything you do going forward. You’ll be able to make more intentional choices for your business, your career and your life. You’ll be able to inspire others to buy from you, work with you and join your cause.”
Excellent and inspiring work. Except, what if you can’t find your why?
Posted by: Michelle Pape on Feb 27, 2018
Is your calendar busting at the seams? Are you a doormat when it comes to allowing people to take your time? Are you busy just to be busy?
We are living in a scary time. Everyone I meet is busier than the last. Stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed.
We live in a world where it has become expected and acceptable, for people to steal our time. Couple that with a calendar filled with kid’s sports practices, business meetings, community volunteer activities and all the other commitments we’ve made, it’s only natural to feel like our time is under a constant state of attack. Let’s not forget to add the guilt so many of us carry if our time or attention is on our work instead of our family or on our family instead of our work. It’s no wonder we struggle to find or make time for ourselves.
But here’s the deal, I am a big believer that if you do not protect your calendar, that it will be abused. So try these tips to protect your calendar and defend your time.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.