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Imperfect Children's Drawing illustrates that you don't have to be perfect to be amazing.

You Don’t Need be Perfect to be Amazing

You Don’t Need to be Perfect to be Amazing Intellectually you know it’s impossible to be perfect. No one is perfect. Certainly not you, or your role models, not very successful people, or very kind people, nor any humans on earth. Maybe you are nodding your head right now. You think you understand and believe this. You may have said these words to a friend or colleague who is being too hard on themselves. Maybe you have reminded your own…

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Becoming a Better You

Becoming a Better You Recently my older son (21) was sharing with his younger brother (17) the idea of becoming a better you. As a leadership and development coach, of course my ears perked up. My son was explaining that the “you” you are today, is the not the “you” you will become in the future. He asked his younger brother if he’d ever given that idea any thought (this made me smile). Who’s Your Hero? To make his point,…

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empathy depicted by giraffes hugging

Empathy in Leadership Matters

Empathy in Leadership Matters Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO was interviewed on CBS Today. He was promoting his new book Hit Refresh, published in early 2018. Nadella explains that empathy is the theme of his book. And that empathy in leadership shaped his success in transforming the culture at Microsoft. In the CBS interview, he shares a couple of stories that have shaped his understanding and belief in the role of empathy in leadership and more importantly, in life. The Question…

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The Living a Richer Life Community

The Living a Richer Life Community Thank you for allowing me into your inbox over the past three years. While you haven’t heard much from me in 2017, I’ve been busy writing a book with my dad, Harvey Schoof.  In fact, our new book, Living a Richer Life; It’s All in Your Head, was published in late February, and is now available on Amazon.  In addition, I’m excited to announce a new collaboration. Insight Coaching (me) and Insight Consulting (my dad) are merging…

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Health & Happiness; Gratitude is Key

Practice Gratitude Before you think about making another New Year’s resolution…stop.  Before moving forward with your goals and business plans, take a moment to look back. What did your life look like one year ago; your relationships, family, finances, career?  Take stock of how far you’ve come, what you’ve learned, who you are becoming, and what you accomplished in 2016.  Practice gratitude. Count your blessings. Your health and happiness depend on it. Gratitude Research According to the Harvard Health Publication Mental Health…

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Compassion, Can you Teach it?

I’ve been asked “can you teach compassion?” and the answer is YES, but…. depending on how you think. For some, compassion comes from deep inside. knowing that people are valuable. Period. This is understanding from an intrinsic point of view. On the other hand, you may know that it’s important to be compassionate, and like our friend Sheldon Cooper, from The Big Bang Theory, when someone needs comfort, you’re supposed to offer a hot beverage. This is compassion from an…

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Unlocking the Hidden Potential in Your Team

Studies have shown that typically employees withhold more than 40% of their potential, and as many as 70% of employees are not actively engaged in their work.  That’s a lot of untapped potential. Interestingly, these numbers have remained steady for several decades. As a leader, you need to learn to tap into this well of your employee’s “reserve” to maximize the potential and performance of your team. It’s like tapping into a maple tree in the spring to collect gallons…

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Cognitive Learning: The Missing Link to Better Leadership

Leadership articles abound At every turn there is another headline: “Daily Opportunities to Live Leadership”, “3 Things Every Leader Must Know”, “10 Action Verbs to Describe Great Leaders”, “Leadership vs. Management”, and the list goes on.  You would think that with all of this insight and knowledge we would have more great leaders. However, we know that learning about something and putting it into daily practice are two different things. But why?  Why is it so difficult to turn this knowledge into…

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