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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.

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.

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IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION

Posted by: Nichole Winter on Apr 2, 2018

I recently wrote on the topic of goals verses standards. How are you doing? It’s entirely possible the fizzle of excitement has faded. And, it’s completely normal. Achieving your goals and standards takes time, dedication, and discipline. Let’s bring back that excitement and get your goals to the forefront.

 

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?

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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(Self) Love is in the Air

Posted by: Sarah Noble on Feb 14, 2018

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I would like to propose a new idea. Over the years I have spent numerous hours planning the ways to show my loved ones how much I care. I have surprised my kids with crepe paper streamers from their bedroom doors, balloons, stuffed animal gifts and candy. I have printed verses from love songs, made hand-written cards, organized special dinners and the list goes on, but in all of these years, I have never once thought about what to get myself. Social protocol would say this holiday is meant to show and tell others how we feel about them but as busy wives, mothers, sisters, friends - we rarely spend time loving ourselves. Don’t you think we should change that?

 

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.

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