Tips of Effective Leadership Coaching

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Personal Coaching, Sandra Schiff

In recognition of her commitment to organizational effectiveness and leadership coaching, Sandra Schiff received the Leadership America Award from the National Women’s Organization for Leaders in 1996. Here are some fundamental tips Sandra Schiff and other leadership coaches implement to develop others:

Build relationships. A leader should be someone the team can trust. A good relationship is established if there is transparency from the leader and respect from the team.

Acknowledge good performance. Good leadership is measured on the success of the team. By recognizing a positive skill or action, leaders are influencing individuals to emulate the same behavior.

Provide assessment. Timely feedback helps employees attain a level of self-awareness. Assessment highlights areas where improvements crucial for quality performance can be made.

Challenge thinking. Leaders should be able to read between the lines and provide alternative solutions. Brainstorming as a means of mapping out possibilities can be used to develop this skill.

Peoplemap’s Leadership Development Program

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With an MSW and a Ph.D. in organizational psychology, Sandra Schiff is the president of the southeast Michigan-based coaching and consulting firm Health Mate, Inc. A member of the International Coaching Federation, Sandra Schiff is a certified Wellness Coach, Care Transition Coach, and Peoplemap™ facilitator.

Founded in 1989 by E. Michael Lillibridge, Peoplemap is a system of programs designed to improve people skills. The system is rooted in the recognition of four personality types: Leader, People, Free Spirit, and Task. In addition to a personality questionnaire and several other programs, the Peoplemap system includes a segment focused on leadership development.

The Peoplemap Leadership Development segment follows the basic training course for the program. The training builds on program concepts that are taught in the entry course and is targeted at leaders in all organizational levels. In addition to enhancing people skills, individuals who participate in the leadership development program learn to establish a vision and address the growth of an organization. These skills, which are taught in tandem with the ability to address the organization’s bottom line, help to improve leadership success.

What Is the Peoplemap System?

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Sandra Schiff has a broad range of experience in coaching, program development, and behavior health executive management. The president of Health Mate, Inc. she received the St. John Health System’s “Living the Values” Award. Sandra Schiff is also a YMCA I Rise program coach and a certified Peoplemap™ facilitator.

The Peoplemap system is a suite of development programs for improving people skills. The system originally began in 1989 with a personality questionnaire. Since its implementation, over 150,000 people have gone through the Peoplemap programs.

The core program of Peoplemap is the basic training program, which helps individuals understand other people better. Additionally, participants learn their PeopleMap personality type at the basic training. These include the Leader, People, Free Spirit, and Task personality types, each of which has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. Additional People-Map programs follow the basic training and further enhance individual performance, the ability to work well in teams, and other areas that can benefit organizations. For additional information on the program, visit

An Introduction to PeopleMap™

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As an experienced consultant and coach, Dr. Sandra Schiff works to help business leaders, individuals, and families reach their full potential. Dr. Sandra Schiff comes to her work as a certified PeopleMap™ facilitator.

Developed by Dr. Mike Lillibridge, PeopleMap™ helps people to relate more effectively with others and, in turn, achieve peak performance. The system features a series of integrated programs that evaluate individuals’ interaction styles, then helps them to understand how they can use those styles to maximize their collaborative skills. Through the PeopleMap™ System, professionals develop higher levels of interpersonal effectiveness and build better working relationships.

The PeopleMap ™ program typically begins with each participant taking an assessment test to determine his or her PeopleMap™ personality type. The categories are Leader, People, Free Spirit, and Task. Participants then learn the three innate strengths correlated with each type, as well as the associated opportunity for growth. This knowledge guides a participant’s journey through the remainder of the experience, which may focus on leadership, performance, or collaboration, depending on the program chosen.

Six Tips for Self-Nurturing and Improving Self-Esteem

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Personal Coaching, Sandra Schiff

A leadership coaching professional with extensive experience in the field, Sandra Schiff currently serves as president of Health Mate, Inc., in Southeast Michigan. In addition to offering a variety of coaching, training, and consultation services, Sandra Schiff has also delivered a number of presentations on topics such as leadership, personal development, and self-nurturing.

The following list includes strategies for self-nurturing and improving self-esteem.

1. Practice meditation. Meditation techniques, such as concentrating on single focal point and tuning out stressful or negative thoughts and distractions, help clear the mind and relax the body. In addition to reducing stress, meditation can also lower blood pressure and promote a calm mental state.

2. Eat well. Start and end your day with nutritionally balanced meals and experiment with new recipes for healthy eating. Balanced diets can foster long life, promote good health, and contribute to positive attitudes.

3. Exercise regularly. Develop a regular exercise regimen, but take care not to push yourself too hard. Focus on improving your health and mood rather than seeking perfection or physical beauty.

4. Treat yourself. Once a day, take the time to treat yourself to an activity you enjoy, such as painting, reading, watching a movie, or soaking in a hot bath. You can also experiment with new hobbies and activities.

5. Keep a journal. Keeping a journal may help you organize your thoughts and provide relief from negative thoughts and feelings by taking them out of your head and putting them on paper.

6. Stay positive. Try to view situations from an optimistic perspective and maintain a positive attitude, which can increase confidence and resiliency. Also consider using positive self-talk to highlight your strengths and achievements, and avoid thinking about yourself negatively.