An experienced healthcare industry administrator who holds a PhD in psychology/geropsychology from the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sandra Schiff has served as president of Health Mate, Inc., since 1999. Her duties with the West Bloomfield, Michigan, organization include overseeing a wide range of consultation, training, coaching, project management, and business development functions. Sandra Schiff holds active membership in the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
In addition to providing a wide range of official coaching accreditations, the ICF does its part to raise public awareness and support of the coaching profession through initiatives such as International Coaching Week. This week-long global celebration engages ICF chapters around the world, asking them to participate by holding special local events.
International Coaching Week is also an opportunity for individual coaches to spearhead community activities and offer pro bono services in an effort to demonstrate the impact of coaching on the general population. The most recent International Coaching Week took place May 15 through 21, 2017.
As president of Health Mate, Incorporated in southeast Michigan, Dr. Sandra Schiff provides consulting and training services regarding the prevention of elder and youth suicides and workplace violence, along with Alzheimer’s research. With more than 20 years of experience in the fields of social work and psychology , Sandra Schiff, PhD, also holds several professional certifications, including as a PeopleMap Executive Coach.
The PeopleMap Executive Coaching system helps students develop “people skills” in all areas of life. The system focuses on empowering students to understand themselves and others, developing their full potential. The Executive Coaching system fosters skills in creativity, planning, and personal vision.
The PeopleMap training program also includes programs in leadership development, teambuilding, and achieving peak performance, working with students to build self-esteem and motivation, developing personality styles, and overcoming procrastination. PeopleMap is designed to be a forum where students who have a desire to become leaders in their respective fields can develop and fine-tune their skills.
A versatile consultant and life coach, Sandra Schiff serves as the president of Health Mate, Inc. Sandra Schiff has presented on the issue of prioritization and how to place the important things in life first at a family forum that was part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit’s I Rise Family Empowerment program.
Funded by United Way of Southeastern Michigan, the I Rise Family Empowerment program operates on three core components to provide coaching and support to parents:
1. Personal Coaching. The program maintains career and life coaches who work with individuals to help them identify goals. Each participant is assigned a coach, who holds an initial one-hour consultation with the participant, following that up with bi-weekly contact via phone.
2. Forums. Motivational forums are held regularly at the YMCA locations in Farmington, Boll, and Lakeshore. These forums feature keynote speakers who address the common challenges faced by families. Participants in the program are invited to bring along their children and partners to enjoy a family meal and listen to the speaker.
3. Subsidies. Participants in the I Rise program have access to subsidies that support them in finding affordable child care. The size of the subsidy is dependent on the family’s finances.
The president of Health Mate, Inc., Sandra Schiff offers consultancy and coaching services to business and individuals. Further, she is a part-time professor at Wayne State University’s School of Social Work. Dedicated to continuous learning, Sandra Schiff is an authorized facilitator of the Now What?(R) coaching program, which is a 90-day program that helps participants gain clarity on their life and career goals.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the program.
Q. How does Now What?(R) differ from other programs?
A. Proven to work in 92 percent of cases, Now What?(R) differs from other coaching programs by placing an emphasis on self-reflection and regular assignments, with participants made responsible for their levels of engagement into the program.
Q. Why does it take 90 days?
A. The program lasts for 90 days to enable participants to invest time into their development and come to conclusions themselves, rather than provisioning them with direct answers that don’t facilitate transition or change.
Q. How does someone qualify to be a facilitator?
A. Facilitators are all required to attend and pass a two-day training event hosted by Now What?(R) creator Laura Berman Fortgang. Further, each facilitator must have prior experience in coaching, which the training builds upon by introducing the Now What?(R) principles.
A part-time professor with the School of Social Work at Wayne State University, Dr. Sandra Schiff also operates as a consultant, coach, and business leader and the president of Health Mate, Inc., in Southeast Michigan. Focused on continuing education in her field, Dr. Sandra Schiff recently became an Authorized NOW WHAT?® Program Facilitator.
Based on Laura Berman Fortgang’s book, NOW WHAT?: 90 Days to a New Life Direction, the program can be engaged with independently, but many find it helpful to work with an Authorized NOW WHAT?® Program Facilitator to develop a fuller understanding of the concepts it covers.
Although Facilitators operate independently of the NOW WHAT? organization, they will have completed the full Life Blueprint® training program, including its exam, so they understand exactly how to help people get what they need from the program. In addition to completing the training program, each Facilitator maintains membership with the International Coach Federation, demonstrating a continued desire to improve coaching methods to benefit clients.
Dr. Sandra Schiff serves as the president of Southeast Michigan-based Health Mate, Inc., which offers clients training and consultancy related to, among other things, careers, transitions, and leadership. Furthermore, Dr. Sandra Schiff takes responsibility for course development and the creation of content relevant to the organization’s needs.
There are many reasons why you may consider hiring a leadership coach, including the following.
1. You wish to develop a greater understanding of the skills you bring to the role and knowledge gaps you need to fill.
2. You want to understand how people within the organization perceive you.
3. An outside perspective is required for operational or strategic planning.
4. You are going through a transition period, perhaps into a role that requires you to assume more responsibility, and wish to develop your leadership skills quickly.
5. You want to fulfill a need for emotional support and encouragement that you may not be able to access within the organization.
6. You require assistance with handling succession planning, which can include everything from choosing a suitable successor, training future managers, and dealing with the emotional burden that comes with transitioning away from your current role.
Based in Southeast Michigan, Dr. Sandra Schiff focuses on transition, executive, and career coaching. Operating as a NOW WHAT?® facilitator, Dr. Sandra Schiff combines coaching, self-reflection, and weekly assignments in a program that provides clarity and direction in job searches.
The aim of NOW WHAT?® is to reveal new career and life paths in a way that feels organic, yet unanticipated. Lasting 90 days, the program subscribes to the notion that everyone carries an imprint on his or her soul, a DNA, that will direct him or her to areas of endeavor that promise to provide the most satisfaction and potential for productive contribution when revealed. This Life Blueprint® philosophy supersedes any that relies heavily on resumes, which often fail to uncover ideal transitions.
With sessions arranged around personal schedules and meetings available in person or via Skype or telephone, many NOW WHAT?® participants count the program’s flexibility among its aspects they most value.