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July 2011
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I am feeling the desire to get up on a soap box. The American Heritage Dictionary defines soap box this way: "Any box or crate used as a temporary platform for making an impromptu or nonofficial public speech. Designating oratory or an orator characterized by ranting, fanaticism, or eccentricity; demagogic." 


So, be forewarned. 


One of my business clients and I have been talking about modeling the behaviors that he would like his employees to demonstrate. If he wants his senior staff to be good listeners, then he realizes that he wants to be a good listener too. He knows that as the president of the company, he is being watched and wants to put forward his best self as much as he can. 


I have been thinking about this idea in other contexts too.  

If we want our children and grandchildren to:

  • drink alcohol responsibly, we will do that too.
  • eat healthfully, we will buy, cook and eat healthy foods.
  • exercise, we will exercise regularly.
  • be respectful, we will respect them and others.
  • have a positive attitude, we will be positive.
  • be open minded and try new things, we will be open and try new things.        
  • not put down others, we will refrain from talking down about others.
  • spend less time on video games and television, we will step away from our computers ourselves and read a book, play a board game with them, go fishing, etc.

This is not necessarily easy to do, I acknowledge that. However, what are the costs of not doing so?  


If you would like assistance in making positive changes in your life, seek out a friend, class, or a coach. 


Happy Summer,

Sue Schleifer


Recommendations for the Curious   
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Here are two TED.com talks that illustrate where creative minds can take us.

Daniel Kraft - Medicine's Future: There's an app for that

Janet Echelman - Taking Imagination Seriously

Coaching Services  

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Have you been thinking about working with a life/career coach?   


Give me a call to schedule a complimentary coaching consultation.

Below are what some of my clients have said about the coaching experience.


"I was drawn to Sue based on her philosophy and background and knew I made the right decision when we 1st met.  She helped me work through ideas and thoughts and got me moving in the right direction.  

She even helped me re-connect with someone from my past that has now been instrumental in my current growth.  I am truly thankful!"   

Chief People Officer

"Sue truly cares about her clients' goals and brings that passion to her work as a life coach. With her fresh perspective and eye for possibility, she helps me find creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems.  

Sue adds her wide array of skills and rich life experience to my own, expanding my box of problem-solving tools. She helps me set priorities, identify goals, and push toward fulfilling them---all while keeping me honest with myself.  

Plenty of professional and creative people would benefit from working with Sue, and I particularly recommend her to anyone who needs to get "unstuck."

Medical Editor and Fabric Artist

 "Doesn't everyone need a coach? From working with Sue, I'm convinced of it. I am spending more time on the activities that are most important to me and have set aside some old patterns (like worrying too much!) that got in my way. Sue is helping me achieve my interpersonal as well as career goals."


President, High Tech Management Consulting Firm


"Sue is an excellent listener and an astute observer. I sought her help at a time when I was dissatisfied with my business, had some vague idea that changes needed to be made, but couldn't see the way forward.  


In our coaching sessions, she provided tremendously useful feedback, helping me to uncover and understand the sources of my dissatisfaction, and guided me towards making many positive changes.  


If you want to make changes in your personal or professional life, and need coaching to help you find your way and follow through, then I would strongly recommend working with Sue."  

Small Business Owner


"Whether in my work or private life, Sue has an uncanny ability to see situations from many different angles. Her attention is complete; she really makes you feel like you matter. If I circumvent an issue, she brings me back to what is important.  

Sue has become one of my most important teammates. I can tell her anything, never feel judged and always feel supported. It doesn't get better than this!"


Co-Founder, Co-Director, Non-Profit Organization


I would love to be a resource to you too! Let's talk.

Sue Schleifer
510.316.3319 - cell
Oak Communications

Lafayette, LA and throughout the country

510.316.3319 - cell

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