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The Power of Your Past

Life coach, inspirational speaker, and leadership trainer John Schuster offers a systematic guide to leveraging the bigge...

  • Ripen against the Grain

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    Ripen against the Grain

    I did an un-American thing last month. I went on a 33-day trip to Wales, England and, mainly, Ireland. I walked the hills and listened to music and drifted and did nothing to add to the U.S. GDP. It was enriching. I slowed down to a crawl, and had no goals except to enjoy the […]

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    April 19, 2017

  • A New Year for Our Neglected Democratic Infrastructure

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    A New Year for Our Neglected Democratic Infrastructure

    We are gearing up it appears, if legislative forecasting for 2017 can be believed, for a big spend on the long-neglected infrastructure of highways and sewers and bridges. It took us decades to get to this mandate and let’s hope we intelligently add to our public assets. Democracy itself has a l...

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    April 19, 2017

  • Sensing the Long Arc of Love in Our Elder Years

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    Sensing the Long Arc of Love in Our Elder Years

    On TV last night in Houston, St. Patrick’s Day — yes, I still watch local news and weather sometimes — was a most touching story of a school janitor lady giving some of the little money she had to repair a vandalized school bus, one that transports the kids she loves at the school she […]

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    April 19, 2017

  • Wisdom from a Master

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    Wisdom from a Master

    Peter Block’s insights into our work and lives is so precious in this interview of a few months ago at the Hudson Institute’s annual meeting. https://hudsoninstitute.egnyte.com/dl/4eajYdLL0F?utm_source=CHIC+Newsletter+June+2016&utm_campaign=Summer+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

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    August 15, 2016

  • Take 15 Minutes to Listen to These Wise Words

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    Take 15 Minutes to Listen to These Wise Words

    I just want to share this link from my next post… you may want to listen to 15 minutes of this great guy… my intro is 3 minutes or so, to get a flavor for Peter Block… if not just do something artsy… symmetrical, wise, maybe a mandala of some kind. Here are my words. […]

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    July 27, 2016

  • Things I can do only because I am old

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    Things I can do only because I am old

    Ok, my most recent reading binge has been on ripening, aka maturing and aging, the 3rd 3rd of life. I am too far along for the “second half of life” term, though this has been and is still a very useful term in some contexts. All of this reading is on later-in-life psychology and even […]

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    July 12, 2016

  • Depth Coaching: Co-Creating Action-Based Wisdom With Our Clients

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    Depth Coaching: Co-Creating Action-Based Wisdom With Our Clients

    Enjoy this ICF webinar I presented on February 7, 2016.   If you want to coach leaders with a sense for meaning and calling as central questions of life and work, and an appreciation for the ethical/spiritual dimensions of leadership, then you may want to check this out. Deeper Coaching, Better ...

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    April 12, 2016

  • Hoping, and Depth Coaching, for Presidential Wisdom

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    Hoping, and Depth Coaching, for Presidential Wisdom

    As we witness the United States’ process for selecting its next leader, we’re struck by the over-coverage, and at the same time fascinated by the endless character analysis of the candidates. Among other things, we look for who is the wisest of them all, not the brashest or the coolest or the be...

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    January 29, 2016

  • Year-end ‘Ingathering’

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    Year-end ‘Ingathering’

    The Holiday breather is upon us. Not a breather entirely of course, as we will run around a lot trying to make it all happen again. Still, this time of year we often notice the difference in the air and in ourselves. We slow down and look back at our year, and we give thanks […]

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    December 4, 2015

  • Sharing the energy matrix

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    Sharing the energy matrix

    Coaches and therapists work in the same two energy fields—the first, those cognitive places where we think, and the second, the those pre-verbal, old brain places from which our core energy emerges. Coaches and therapists have different terms and ways of working with these inner energy fields as...

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    August 2, 2015

  • Listen to this Wellness By Design Interview

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    Listen to this Wellness By Design Interview

    Click “play” below to listen to the February 12, 2014 episode of Wellness By Design, a regular BlogTalkRadio program by Sarah Harris. In this episode, Sarah talks with me about the Power of Your Past. More Health Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Wellness By Design on BlogTalkRadio

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    August 2, 2015

  • A Bridge to Our Better Pasts

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    A Bridge to Our Better Pasts

    Some teachers of human awareness start with the language we used a long time ago, before we knew what a synapse or neuro-science was. One of our great teachers, with one foot in modern anthropology but with her heart in the wisdom traditions, needs to be better known.  I invite you to learn more...

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    August 2, 2015

  • Are Boomers Tired of Retirement?

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    Are Boomers Tired of Retirement?

    I have trained several hundred people in the past few years in the work of retirement planning. Many have been very ready to move ahead and enjoy or endure their last months of work. They were ready to plunge into this less-career-identified space we still most often call retirement. Others were...

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    August 2, 2015

  • Frederic Hudson: The Man Who Lived and Breathed Adult Learning

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    Frederic Hudson: The Man Who Lived and Breathed Adult Learning

    Self Renewal for all of Life’s Stages from one of the progenitors of the field of coaching (I have one more post coming on this, my comments at his memorial…they will come some day. And if you want to see one more angle on his life I posted something recently on Psychology Today about him.) […]

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    August 2, 2015

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