063: Michelle Raber on Learning to Lean Into Your Strengths
Michelle Raber is an insurance agent and registered representative with the #1 insurance company in America. She has worked for the same company for 22+ years – starting in Maine and then moving to NY for 6 of her 10 years as a corporate employee in human resources and as a technical specialist. You can take “the girl out of Maine, but you can’t take Maine out of the girl” and after getting married in Scarborough Maine in 2000, moved to the same town in 2001. With the help of a great mentor, she made the decision to leave the Corporate world and open her own agency in Scarborough in 2003. Since opening her business, she has earned many national awards, mentored 4 coworkers to help them open their own businesses or move up within the organization and loves the work she does and the people she works with.
She is happily married to Jeff for 15 years and loves to take their 2 dogs Jack and Bodie on walks on weekends.
Playing Small Moment
Michelle shares her experience being stuck in a situation when a client needed help with something and she wasn’t experienced in what he needed, so she felt stuck.
The Wake Up Call
Michelle read a great book by John Maxwell about working on your strengths. She learned that recognizing her strengths and always striving to learn would lead her to success.
Style of Leadership
Michelle’s leadership style is a collaborative style. She likes to have a vision. So, she sketches out the outline and works with her team to color in the spaces.
What Are You Excited About?
After putting it off for years, Michelle has just taken insurance courses. Now that she has accomplished that huge task, she is going to Hawaii for graduation and to celebrate with her husband.
Every year Michelle reflects back on the year that has passed, what worked and what didn’t work, celebrates, and plans for the year ahead. This helps her to crystallize her thoughts which she can then use for her team’s annual planning meeting. Reflection to gain vision moving forward is a worthwhile practice.
Book to Develop Leadership
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen
What Would You Change?
If Michelle could change anything, she would be kinder to herself.
“You can have everything you want in life if you help other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar