The Four Personality Types of the Peoplemap System

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For nearly two decades, Sandra Schiff has presided over Health Mate, Inc., in West Bloomfield, Michigan. In this role, Sandra Schiff capitalizes on a wide range of skills, including certification as a Peoplemap™ trainer.

Peoplemap™ helps an individual identify his or her personality type, which has a bearing on how that person interacts with other people in and out of the workplace. According to Peoplemap™, there are four basic personality types.

The “people” type describes individuals who put others first and define their existence through their relationships. A “leader” is more interested in results than relationships. Leaders tend to see the big picture and understand what steps are necessary to achieve goals.

The “task” type refers to people focused on the job, individuals who work hard to make sure everything is done right. To “task” types, getting the details perfect is more important than the final outcome.

The “free spirit” values freedom and often breaks from convention. Free spirits see life as an intricate web of experiences and opportunities. Free spirits can drive innovation and bring new perspectives.

The Now What?® Program – 90 Days to Professional Clarity

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Health Mate, Inc., President Sandra Schiff is experienced in business development, coaching, and training in multiple disciplines. Also familiar with multiple self-development programs, Sandra Schiff is a certified PeopleMap™ facilitator and an authorized Now What?® Facilitator.

Laura Berman Fortgang, author of “Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction,” established the Now What?® program to help people focus their professional goals and clarify their direction in life.

The program takes 90 days because it seeks long-term results. It does not provide easy answers and does not tell clients what to do. Instead, it helps clients create their own solutions through self-reflection and guided questions. Some clients work with a Now What?® Facilitator, while some work though the program independently.

Participants undertake weekly assignments, answer tough questions, and create their own foundation for change. When the 90 days are over, most clients have found personal clarity and have created a Life Blueprint®, or personalized plan, for their new professional life.

Wayne State University School of Social Work Teaches New Guidelines

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Wayne State University School of Social Work

The president of Health Mate, Inc., Sandra Schiff offers coaching and development in relation to businesses. Sandra Schiff is also a part-time professor at Wayne State University’s School of Social Work.

Recently Wayne State University made the news for its commitment to working with President Obama towards defeating the epidemic of controlled substance abuse. The University signed a pledge to improve its curriculum regarding addiction and prescribing practices and will implement new guidelines that educate health care professionals in targeted techniques for fighting this epidemic.

In this effort, the School of Social Work collaborates with other departments including the School of Medicine and the College of Nursing by taking steps to educate them on issues that might be overwhelming to healthcare professionals. These include showing professionals when to accept their limitations and ask for help in difficult cases, and explaining how to best implement state prescription drug monitoring programs. It also seeks to allow providers, including new ones, to see how their own biases may limit or affect their abilities to help clients.

What is the Care Transitions Intervention Program?

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Care Transitions Intervention Program

Sandra Schiff is a Certified Care Transitions Coach that trained with the Coleman Model. As a Care Transitions Coach, Sandra Schiff assists families in learning the self-management skills to address their needs and those of their members while in transition situations.

The Care Transitions Intervention, also known as the Coleman Transitions Intervention Model, is a 4-week program that empowers patients and their caregivers to learn self-management skills, thus guaranteeing their specific complex needs are met during the transition from hospital to home and into the future. This is an economical intervention that is composed of a home visit and a few phone calls.

As an alternative to traditional case management practices, CTI is a self-management program. The Care Transitions Coach works with the patient and the caregiver to enable the patient to self-manage their care and their treatment. A Care Transitions Intervention Coach works with the current needs of the patient and discusses future transitions before they occur.

Patients who utilize this program are much less likely to be readmitted to hospital or to have growing medical bills, and much more likely to achieve treatment goals and symptom management, to return to a full recovery, and to retain this progress six months after the Intervention.

The Transitions Coach also teaches the patient and the family successful communication techniques, enabling new behaviors and skills that allow all involved to address the needs of the patient as they arise.

Now What? Facilitator Training

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Now What (TM) Career Coaching

A graduate of the MSW program at Wayne State University, Sandra Schiff is an experienced leadership and life transition coach. The president of Health Mate, Inc., a consulting and coaching firm, Sandra Schiff is also a licensed Now What?® coaching program facilitator.

A 90-day coaching program, Now What?® is based on the book Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction. The program helps participants to discover their sense of purpose and revise their work and personal life to find happiness. Now What?® facilitators across the country provide guidance and coaching to help individuals reinvent careers and discover their best life direction.

Facilitator training for the Now What?® program includes three months of extensive training with Laura Berman Fortgang, the program founder. After this training, facilitator candidates must pass a test before being certified in the Now What?® program. Upon completion of training, facilitators obtain access to additional resources including marketing support, advanced training, and access to the Now What?® professional community. To learn more about this coaching program and Dr. Sandra Schiff, visit her Business Facebook page, SMS Coaching.

Common Questions About Now What (TM) Career Coaching

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Now What (TM) Career Coaching

The president of Health Mate, Inc., Dr. Sandra Schiff possesses more than 15 years of experience in executive, transition, and parenting coaching. A resident of West Bloomfield in Southeast Michigan, Dr. Sandra Schiff recently became an authorized facilitator of the “Now What” (TM) 90-day career transition coaching program.

Based on her 2005 book “Now What: 90 Days to a New Life Direction,” Laura Berman Fortgang created the Now What (TM) coaching program, designed for individuals seeking a change in, and clarification on, their career and future.

The program establishes each client’s Life Blueprint, a unique outline of one’s “truest values and needs.” On her website, Fortgang addresses some of the common questions put forth by potential clients.

1. How does this program differ from other, similar career coaching?

Boasting a 92 percent success rate, the Now What (TM) program utilizes an inside-out method that encourages clients to practice self-reflection and carry out regular assignments. Carefully crafted questions evoke meaningful answers that offer insight into one’s best future.

2. Why does the program take 90 days?

By committing to a set period – three months – clients are right away taking the first step to creating sustainable outcomes. Quick-fix methods such as simply telling people which path to follow have been shown to provide impermanent results.

3. How do Now What (TM) facilitators become qualified to teach this program?

The program’s creator holds two-day events at which she personally trains each future Now What (TM) coach, who must already have experience as a counselor or coach. Following this initial gathering, new coaches are trained by a team of hand-selected experts who have graduated from Coach University and are certified by the International Coach Federation.

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.

Core Research of the Center for Social Work at WSU

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Wayne State University School of Social Work

As president of Health Mate, Inc., in southeast Michigan, Sandra Schiff applies her expertise in individual coaching, organization development, and executive consulting. Sandra Schiff is also a part-time faculty member for the Wayne State University School of Social Work, where she graduated from with a Master of Social Work.

With a history dating back to 1917, the Wayne State University School of Social Work has an accomplished record of advancing the social work profession. Located in southeast Michigan and housed within an urban research university, the school promotes social work policy and advocates for at-risk populations. Much of this work is accomplished through the school’s Center for Social Work Research.

The Center for Social Work Research focuses on four core areas. These include aging, with research targeting the needs of urban-based older adults, and child welfare, which focuses on the needs of youth and the service delivery systems that address them. The third core area, behavioral health research, works to address issues surrounding behavioral health risks as well as protective factors for underserved populations. Finally, the research area of interpersonal violence analyzes relational violence that impacts vulnerable groups such as teens and women in domestic environments.

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