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Michelle Pape

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SUMMIT SPOTLIGHT: Cathy Juilfs

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Sep 20, 2018

AIS Planning, President/Owner

 2018 Women Of Influence Summit Option B Speaker

Five Tips For Better Listening

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Aug 30, 2018

Over the years I have come to the conclusion that every person—no matter their profession or age—can benefit from being a better listener. Here are five tips that can help you listen effectively:

 

SUMMIT SPOTLIGHT: BERNIE PERRYMAN

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Aug 28, 2018

Batteries Plus Bulbs, CEO/Business Owner

 2018 Women Of Influence Summit Option B Speaker

Seeking Accountability & Connection? Join a Peer Group

SUMMIT SPOTLIGHT: JULIE FISK

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Aug 21, 2018

Three Threads LLC, Author/Business Owner

 2018 Women Of Influence Summit Option B Speaker

Journal To Reach Your Goals

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Jul 25, 2018

Making changes in life is not about one off actions. It is about forming new habits which serve you better and help you get to where you need to go. If you are going to make important changes, you need to be able to measure and keep track of your progress which makes journaling a powerful tool for achieving your goals.

Keeping a journal can help you reach your goals because…

5 Principles great leaders believe in

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.

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Ten books for personal growth

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:

Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy

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.

What if you can't find Your why?

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Mar 15, 2018

You might have already heard of Simon Sinek’s passionate message “Start With WHY.” Maybe you watched his popular Ted talk, read his best-selling book  or maybe you’ve heard about it from a friend.

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?

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Is Your Time Free For the Taking?

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.

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