Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lessons from Zachary: Turning Disability into Possibility by Sandy Scott

"There is no better story to role-model how a coaching mindset can transform difficult life situations into a radically fulfilling life."
- Marshall Goldsmith , World's #1 Leadership Thinker, #1 NYT Best-selling Author, Professor of Management Practice at Dartmouth Tuck
Sandy Scott had it all: a beautiful country home, a successful husband, and the freedom to be a stay-at-home mom. Then the news crashed down on her like a Tsunami: her infant son Zachary not only had severe brain damage but probably wouldn't live past his first birthday.
As denial gave way to despair and grief, Sandy looked out over the new, strange world into which her family suddenly found themselves thrown and wondered if they would ever know happiness again.But it was in the very challenges that Zachary's condition presented to her that she discovered her own hidden inner resources and a whole new level of compassion among other people. She eventually took on greater roles in the disability community and found her calling as a life coach.In Lessons from Zachary,
Sandy shares the knowledge and insights she gained through her own personal journey of discovery and overcoming obstacles, showing us how to use our strengths to navigate life's difficult situations to find meaning and lasting fulfillment. Scattered throughout her moving story are multiple useful tools from life coaching--Life Wheel, checklists, Miracle Question, and others--to help us develop our unknown potential.

About The Author

Sandy Scott specializes in helping physicians, healthcare executives, business leaders and non-profit directors develop themselves into thought innovators in a rapidly changing industry.  I speak, coach, and deliver signature programs in leadership development.  I help transform leaders from the inside out.... to find true motivation for their work and effectively lead change.

Her passion for healthcare began 25 years ago when my son Zachary was born with severe cerebral palsy.  Though he has never spoken, fed himself or rolled over; he is living a radically fulfilling life today, in large part because of the physicians and healthcare providers who personally impacted our lives.  Her work as a coach and author now is my way to pay-it-forward.
In my recently published book, Lessons from Zachary, I had the opportunity to share the insights I gained in my personal journey of discovery and overcoming obstacles, showing us how to use our strengths to navigate life’s difficult situations to find meaning and lasting fulfillment.
I have a strong yearning to accelerate past the noise preventing people from being their best .... so if you're ready for positive change, contact me today!"

My Review

This is the story of one remarkable family, their trials and successes and living with a child born with a sever disability. I can’t believe the accomplishments of this whole family unit, and things were never easy, but they have paved the way for so many others.
The story itself will bring tears to your eyes, but the amazing way Sandy found help, until, she didn’t answer questions correctly, and she was to blame, but could I blame her, no. The family unit here did become broken and Zachary’s dad did take a different path, although I think he tried, he could see his anger come out in how he accepted.
The perseverance here is awesome and the accomplishments of raising a child to adult is not easy, and yet to do it with a child with disabilities, and the success she had is wonderful. Putting myself in her shoes was difficult, we all want perfect, and yet things are not always as we picture, Sandy is a woman to be admired.
I received this book through the Cadence Group, and was not required to give a positive review.

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