"Sue is the best! Her insightful questions and analysis have been immensely helpful and enlightening. I was admittedly skeptical at first, but the practical exercises and structure of the conversations helped me clarify my goals and made the individual steps significantly more manageable. I am so grateful to Sue, and would strongly recommend working with her to anyone ready to take it to the next level."
Director of Operations
Video Game Company
"I recommend Sue for any executive director, whether facing a particularly difficult time or just seeking to balance the many aspects and intricacies that come with the role. With Sue's background, experience and sensitivity, I found her perspectives, skills and strategies to be exactly what I needed to navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of my role as a nonprofit executive director."
Barrie Hathaway, Executive Director
The Stride Center, formerly Street Tech
"Sue is warm, she's comfortable with herself, she puts you at ease, she has a keen mind, but this is all just a bonus.
Sue Schleifer gets to the heart of the matter. She is a Big Picture person. Not only does she have a wonderful intellect, which I relied on for help with writing copy and other concrete decisions, but she invited my to look at my whole life and evaluate what was working and what could be improved.
Because of Sue, I now have a consistent meditation practice - something I tired, and failed at many times before. Because of Sue, I regularly ask my heart and my gut if something feels right to do, whereas previously, I'd spin around and around in my mind seeking answers that can be obvious if you breathe a little and just check in with yourself. I cannot thank her enough for the work we did together."
• The Coaching Process
Life Coaching, Executive Coaching and Career Coaching all have as their basis a relationship between a coach
and a client that helps the client to develop as a person in
the areas of his/her life where s/he would like to make changes and
A tennis coach helps a tennis player to improve
his or her game. This may include working on focus, concentration,
what the game means to her as well as smaller details such as
how she holds the racket, footwork and her swing. In coaching,
I too help people with the larger questions as well as more
specific issues. We will work on many levels including the physical
body, language and communication, how the mind contributes to
our feeling states and actions, how you relate to others, and
more. My training as an Integral Coach, influences my interest in working
with the whole person.
In general, coaching will continue for at
least three months; six months is an optimal period. This is
the minimum amount of time necessary to make lasting changes
and build practices that will become a part of your life. Often
coaching continues for up to a year.
We may meet either in person or on the telephone,
depending upon your desires and location.
I live in Lafayette, Louisiana as of June 2010. I work with clients around the country via telephone, Skype, and in person.
Coaching has become popular because it is
a powerful way to grow and make positive changes. People respond
to having a caring, insightful person being fully present with
them on a regular basis to help them build a more fulfilling
I don't think so. People have had sports and
music coaches for a very long time because it has helped them
to improve their game or achieve greater satisfaction and success
with their talents. Many of these same principles apply to people
who would like to be more successful in their personal and professional
lives. As life becomes more complicated and changes accelerate,
it is helpful to have a life coach to help us navigate through our
choices and maintain a sense of focus and peace.
Some of my career coaching clients are seeking more meaningful work or work that is a better fit with their interests, skills, strengths and passion. I help them to figure out what they would like to be doing, and then we work on strategies to find satisfying work or start their own business.
Yes. For example, if we are working together
on your communication skills at work, the very same ideas and
practices will be effective at home. In fact, we will often
work on the same practices in both arenas of your life as they
reinforce each other. As an Integral Coach, I will work with
you on many areas of your life.
Yes. Just as in learning a musical instrument,
the more you practice the better you get. It will be important
to spend time between sessions working on the practices that
we mutually decide on. However, you must be realistic about
how much will fit in your life. The idea is not to create more
stress by adding more to do. The practices will be activities
that reduce your stress once fully incorporated into your life.
I am a Certified Integral Coach through New
Ventures West, and I have an M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology.
I have also attained the PCC (Professional Certified Coach) credential from the International
I have worked in most sectors of the economy
– business, education, nonprofit organizations and government
in the fields of performing arts, travel, training and organizational
development, career planning, academic advising, marketing and
communications, and public relations. I bring to my work as
a coach the skills and knowledge from having been a vice president,
manager, executive director, leader, and supervisor. I listen
well to both verbal and nonverbal communication from my clients
and ask insightful questions to help move them in positive directions.
Currently, in addition to my individual clients, I coach executives participating in the Louisiana State University Executive Education Program. I also provide coaching and consulting services to non-profit organizations in Central Louisiana through the Rapides Foundation's Community Development Works, Non Profit Works and Execbuilders programs.
There are similarities in coaching and counseling
in that in both the coach/therapist needs to be an excellent
listener and ask insightful questions. The differences are that
in general, in therapy, the focus is on a problem that needs
to be solved or understood, often stemming from the past. In
coaching, we take a more positive outlook and primarily focus
on the present and future. We work to build knowledge and skills
that will help you to confront life’s constant changes
and challenges and to handle them with grace.
Yes and no. I am pleased to work with anyone
who has a desire for coaching and who seems like a good match
with my style of working and personality. We will mutually decide
that in our initial meeting. I especially enjoy and am skilled
at working with Executive Directors of non-profit organizations and business owners.
I am effective working with adults in transition, creative people,
and professionals who are
feeling overwhelmed with all of their responsibilities and life's
choices. I also enjoy working with individuals who would like to incorporate mindfulness practices into their lives.
I decided to pursue a career in coaching after
Tom Hale, the President and Founder of Backroads, the active
travel company where I worked as a Vice President for nine years,
suggested that I look into coaching. He thought I was well suited
to be a coach. I conducted extensive research including reading,
taking seminars, talking with other coaches before I received
training and a credential as an Integral Coach through New Ventures
West and the International Coach Federation.
With an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, I developed
listening skills and the ability to ask perceptive questions
which I have used in my work and in my personal relationships.
I enjoy helping others to learn about themselves and build skills
so that they may be more effective in their personal and professional
lives and feel a sense of focus and peace.
I am totally committed to the work and
excited to offer my knowledge and skills as a coach. Coaching brings together all of my
past experience and knowledge so that I may be of service to
Yes. Please refer to the Workshops and Resources
section of my website. I am available to speak to groups and lead workshops
on coaching topics and about Leadership, Creativity, Effective Communication, and Mindfulness, among other topics.
Yes. Our coaching sessions and what we discuss