Michele Thomson, daughter, wife, step-mom and dog mama is a registered nurse who supports healthcare professionals struggling with how to prioritize human connections over bottom lines and shift from burned-out and frustrated to aligned and authentic so they can be the leader everyone wants.
Q. If you could give your past self some advice, what would you say?
My word for 2022 is “surrender.” It has taken me years to learn that loosening my grip on aspects of my life allows me to grow and expand. Trusting that I don’t need to have control of every outcome has released years of worry and stress creating space for exciting ideas and collaborations. Amazing opportunities can occur when we trust that we will end up exactly where we need to be.
Q. What is your number one business goal to accomplish this year?
My goal this year is to work with organizations who recognize that the success of their business is founded on their commitment to create psychologically healthy workplaces through person-centred leadership approaches. After working in healthcare for over 25 years, I have personally experienced the trauma as a result of workplace dysfunction, ineffective communication, top-down leadership models and the feeling that things will never get better. I want to support organizations to avoid crisis leadership and to build a dedicated company culture that transforms workplaces into those where the priority is on creating meaningful relationships so that employees feel valued, seen and heard.
Q. Do you have a mantra of phrase you live by? What is it?
My mantra is: “Every day is a new beginning.” I wholeheartedly believe that each day is a blank slate and that we can choose to create any life we desire.
Q. What is your number one priority when it comes to your career and daily work?
My priority is always to stay true to my personal core values: humility, kindness, trust, transparency, empathy. When I am not remaining true to these core values, my intuition always tells me though feelings of being out of alignment.
Q. What keeps you motivated on a daily basis?
Becoming an entrepreneur has pushed me to quickly learn that I have the capacity to learn how to do hard things. I have created a habit twice a year of looking back at the previous months so I can remind myself of accomplishments, that action is better than perfection and that there are never mistakes made if there is a lesson learned.