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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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Compassion Makes All the Difference

Compassion Makes All the Difference In a TV interview on CBS This Morning, Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn CEO, said that he has come to understand that compassion is not just a better way to build a team, it’s a better way to build a business.  In his commencement address to the Wharton School graduating class (on May 13, 2018) he talked about his vow, that if he were to manage people, he would aspire to manage them compassionately. Weiner said, “if…

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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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Self-Awareness Improves Your Life

Self-Awareness Improves Your Life Have you ever been in a really crowded Subway/Metro or a packed elevator at quitting time? Your awareness is heightened in these extremely close quarters. You may notice your elbow touching someone, or your bag bumping awkwardly around you. You may notice the silence, or the noise, the whirr of the machine, the clanking, the quiet conversations, a burst of laughter, maybe even your own breathing? You may notice the scent of freshly washed hair, or aroma…

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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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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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3 Simple Steps to Train Your Brain

Most of the stress and frustration we experience in life is caused by our own thinking. We believe there is a certain way our lives and everything in it (including ourselves and other people) are supposed to be.  This list of expectations is actively at work in our lives, whether we are aware of it or not. It is the measuring stick by which we judge and measure ourselves, our lives and others. Our internal list is a thinking pattern which…

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