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Soon after I moved to Lafayette, I asked a few people if they knew of a book group that would welcome a new member. One acquaintance said that she couldn't think of one but would think about it.  


Not too long after I was invited to join a newly forming book group that included this new friend. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this well-read, creative and passionate group of women. We actually read the book(s) each month and our discussions are lively and thought-provoking.


"I can't think of a better life than one dedicated to passion, to dreams, to the stubbornness that defies chaos and disillusionment. Our world, filled with possibilities, is and will be the result of the efforts offered up by us, its inhabitants....The future is a construct that is shaped in the present, and that is why to be responsible in the present is the only way of taking serious responsibility for the future. What is important is not the fulfillment of all one's dreams, but the stubborn determination to continue dreaming."  


These words were written by Gioconda Belli, on the last page of The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War, which my book group discussed recently.


Belli is a courageous woman who fought and lived through the revolution in Nicaragua. As I read her dramatic story, I thought about other warriors I know. Perhaps their stories are less dramatic, yet they too are dedicated to their dreams.


I have been working with a group of Executive Directors participating in the Rapides Foundation's Community Development Works program in Central Louisiana, called Execbuilders. These leaders are passionate about making their community a better place and finding creative ways to bring a bit more joy, knowledge and compassion into their clients' lives.


They do this while also leading their staffs, navigating a board of directors who are often busy with their own lives and businesses, and trying to find ways to keep their organizations afloat amidst dwindling resources. It is not easy and yet they persevere.


They are open to looking at their leadership styles to learn new ways to communicate and grow. I feel so fortunate to be coaching these community leaders who work tirelessly and with little recognition for their contributions. Like Belli, they are dedicated and determined in order to keep their personal and organizational dreams alive.


I could write about any one of my past or current coaching clients. Each one demonstrates his or her courageousness by showing up for coaching and for their lives. They slow down and with curiosity they focus on areas of their life that are important to them. By paying attention, trying on new ways of thinking, being and doing, they are then responsible in the present for creating a better future for themselves and others.


They are dedicated and determined and inspire me every day.


Thank you!


Sue Schleifer


Please share your reflections with me personally or on the Oak Communications Coaching and Consulting Facebook page.   

Inspired thinking
I love Maira Kalman's drawings and writing. In this video on THNKR, she talks about Thinking and Feeling and walking.

In an article in The New York Times on September 23, 2012, CEO of Citrix, Mark B. Templeton, was interviewed by Adam Bryant. I found the article quite interesting. Here is one snippet:

"Q: How do you hire? What are you looking for?
A: The things that I really value start with curiosity, because curiosity is a measure of self-motivation. People who are curious will develop themselves, they'll discover things, they'll invent things....

The second thing I look for is scars. You can call it wisdom, you can call it experience, or the things that went wrong in your life. That's where I think knowledge turns into wisdom."

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


Give me a call to schedule a complimentary coaching consultation.   


Check out what a few of my clients have said about the coaching experience. 


"A year ago I met Sue for our first session. Through her probing and listening we pinpointed areas that, with specific attention to my thinking and choices, help me:  

  • be personally more effective
  • move towards a more balanced life

My spouse and employees have noticed a positive change, as have I."

Sales Manager-Fortune 500 Company

"Since I first hired a coach I have been a happier person and a more successful businessman. My company has become much more successful, our employees have had the opportunity to grow to the fullest of their capabilities and everyone seems to enjoy each day of life much more than in the past."


"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.
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

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


Sue Schleifer, M.A.


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