Next Monday Blog

#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:

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.

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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.

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.

How Being Apologetic is Paralyzing Your Leadership Development

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Apr 13, 2017

The things you say have a greater meaning beyond the words you speak. They can also affect your emotional well-being and impact your professional life. Words change how other people see you and how you see yourself. Understanding the connection between your words and these consequences can change your life for the better.

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Are Peer Groups an Option for You?

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Mar 21, 2017

I’d like you to think about the last time something was “new” for you. Whether it was a minute, week, month, or year ago, I’d place bets you had some apprehension and self-doubt about trying that new thing. It likely scared you and pushed you outside of your comfort zone. The hype, adrenaline, and emotion you feel before, during, and after is real. And all while you’re doing said new thing, you’re experiencing personal growth and development.

What is a Peer Group?

Posted by: Next Monday on Mar 15, 2017

There's rarely a hard line between our professional and personal worlds; they intertwine. One can sway the success of the other. Participation in a peer group faces these realities head on. We roll up our sleeves and tackle the challenges. Together. And in doing so, we unfold the beautiful, messiness of who you already are. There you are in all your glory.

Leadership What? How to Develop the Skills You Already Have

Posted by: Michelle Pape on Feb 21, 2017

You didn’t get where you are today by not possessing some pretty great skills. All too often I meet with women who don’t know where to start when it comes to leadership training or coaching – and I tell them simply, start with what you have. Being a better leader means capitalizing on the skills and attributes you have, and defining the areas that need support or encouragement. Here’s how to choose your focus, appreciate who you already are, and how to lean in for support.

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Do’s & Don’ts of Personal & Professional Development Training

Posted by: Next Monday on Feb 9, 2017

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to personal and professional development. The good news is, more than ever, there are plenty of opportunities for women seeking growth. The bad news is, many women are either inundated by the number of options or choose the wrong ones. How do you know where to go for inspiration, encouragement, challenge, and growth? Here’s some insight.