NOW WHAT?(R) – Life Blueprint(R) Philosophy-Based Career Coaching


Explaining the Now What?(R) System

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Now What (TM) Career Coaching

The president of Health Mate, Inc., a consulting and coaching firm based in Michigan, Sandra Schiff holds a PhD in organizational psychology from Cincinnati’s Union Institute and College. A Care Transition and certified Wellness Coach, Sandra Schiff is also am Authorized Facilitator of the Now What?(R) system.

Developed from the Laura Berman Fortgang book of the same name, the program takes an unconventional approach to helping people make career transitions. Instead of focusing on academic and professional achievements to help people make decisions, it takes a more personalized approach that focuses on the life story of the program user and any clues this story may present in regards to what that person should do in the future.

The program offers access to coaches who can help people effectively implement the concepts covered by the book, as well as tools that are not made available to others. Over the course of 90 days, participants are able to gain deeper insight into what they really want and create the plans needed to get them there, all while having access to dedicated support from Authorized Facilitators and expert coaches.

Coaching Tips for Managers and Leaders

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Personal Coaching, Sandra Schiff

Experienced as a life and business coach and consultant, Sandra Schiff offers a range of coaching services to businesses and individuals through her work as president of Health Mate, Inc. One of the core responsibilities of leadership coaches, like Sandra Schiff, is equipping leaders with the tools they need to coach others. Business leaders may be interested in the following coaching tips:

1. Place more responsibility on the people who ask questions. Instead of providing straight answers, probe them to find out what they think would be the best course of action. You can then provide guidance based on the response.

2. Avoid negativity wherever possible, even in cases where employees are underperforming. Instead, focus on what needs to be done to create positive change. A report published by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 67 percent of respondents believe respectful treatment is a very important factor in job satisfaction.

3. Make sure all employees are appreciated for the efforts they put forth. Expressing appreciation helps to motivate employees.

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.