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Just Do It! Why Suffer When You Can Be Free by Dr. Barbara Schwarck, PCC

“If you don’t spread your wings and risk to fly you will not be able to soar.” Author Unknown Imagine you are a little fledging. You live in a nest that is warm, comfortable, and tucked away from harm. You are being fed by your parents. You get to play with your siblings, and life, as you know it, is good. However, as time goes by, and you grow, the nest is getting crowded. One at a time you see your brothers and sisters taking off and learning how to fly. You watch them get up and hop to the Read More...

Rarely do global leaders or public servants get asked “are you taking care of yourself?” With shareholder concerns, new product launches, arbitrations taking place, and lobbying in the works, maybe this question seems askew. When you have to be ‘on’ 24/7, this thought of taking care of yourself may seem over the top, perhaps even selfish, or something you will get to when you get time. It may even sound cliché. Well, if taking care of yourself is deemed as selfish, I am one who fully does not subscribe to that mentality one bit. Not only don’t I subscribe to Read More...

Being with Your Imperfections

By Dr. Barbara Schwarck, PCC I went to yoga the other day and the yoga teacher told a wonderful story about a man who goes to the river every day to get water, carrying two pots.  One pot was perfect, the other had cracks in it.  So each day by the time he got back from the river, most of the water had seeped out of the broken pot.  This went on for weeks. One day the pot said to the man, you have two of us here and one is perfect and I am not.  Why do you hold Read More...

“Listening”: A Gift We Can All Offer

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA Have you ever been in a conversation where you can hardly focus on what the other person is saying because you are busy formulating your response, or perhaps preoccupied with wanting to share some relevant tidbit about your own life? If you have, you are not alone. It has most likely happened to all of us at some point because we are cognitive beings who are regularly bombarded with technology, experiences, and perceptions that naturally bring about the desire for expression. At The Coaches Training Institute (the place where I received my coaching training), this Read More...

New Year’s Resolution and You; What Can You REALLY Take On?

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA The end of a year can have an emotional pull in polarized directions. To our left we see our accomplishments, celebrated victories, new friendships and relationships and to our right we see heartbreaks and incompletions. Depending on your personal wiring you will tend to keep one side closer to your vest. But regardless of your focus, I recommend you take five minutes and make a list of all your accomplishments including the areas of relationships, spirituality, recreation, wellness, family, health, etc. All too often we forget to include these areas and instead focus on things Read More...

“Success”: A Function of the Brain

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA How many of you can honestly say that you are always 100% successful when you are tackling a goal? Well, if the answer to my question is "yes", wow, my hat is off to you. I know there are a few people out there that are always successful when they are embarking on a goal but, for the rest of us, we know that we are not always successful with accomplishing goals or even keeping our commitments. For some of us it is easier to deal with goals that benefit other people but guess what, Read More...

Practicing Gratitude in Your Career Every Day? Really?

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA There are certain times of the year when we are caused to consider grace and gratitude: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and so many other religious milestones and holidays. What about today or tomorrow? In the middle of a hot summer day or the cool autumn breeze? What about in the dark of the frozen winter? How does gratitude live for us in the normalcy or breakdown of a day in the life? I have been asked many times about the purpose of gratitude in our lives when we are travelling across the globe, when we Read More...

Learning from Your Mistakes

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA How many of you like to make mistakes? No one? Oh, why not? Perhaps it has to do with the belief that mistakes are bad, wrong and usually full of negative consequences. Well, let me tell you a little story. I recently had the opportunity to make a very big mistake. And, without going in to detail, I can assure you it hurt. I hurt myself, people involved and even people not involved. It also had negative consequences. I was still in the midst of recovery from the consequences of my mistake when I realized Read More...

Honesty with Yourself: An Underused Tool for Your Success

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA Can honesty be used to move your goals forward and perhaps make you a more effective leader? Yes, no, maybe; what are your thoughts about that? These days honesty has become the buzzword for creating trust in teams as well as in entire organizations. Management gurus like Jack Welsh believe it is the most important quality to establish trust in a team. We demand that people are honest with us. We want our leaders to be honest, our employees to speak the truth, and we want our friends to tell us the truth when nobody Read More...

How to Overcome the Fear of Rejection

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA How many of you can honestly say that you are 100% successful when accomplishing a goal? My hat is up to you. I know there are a few people out there. The rest of us know that we are successful with accomplishing goals in some area but not so successful in other areas. You might think that is it is harder for people to accomplish goals that deal with our own well being but you are wrong, not accomplishing goals is common in all areas of our lives. I recently completed a study with nine Read More...

Different Yet the Same

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA I recently attended a global HR conference in Europe where I had the pleasure of observing people from many different cultures. If I am not mistaken there were people from all five continents present. It was a mix of women and men, white and brown, internal and external consultants, married and single, gay and straight, etc., etc. etc.; you get the point. As I was observing all of us (including me), I noticed that despite the many differences there were plenty of similarities between us. The phenomenon of being different yet the same left me Read More...

As an Executive, How Are You Managing, Evoking and Dealing with Change?

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA Change. Do you love it, like it or hate it? Perhaps "it depends". Since all of us deal with change on an ongoing basis, I thought it might be helpful to take a closer look at change. According to Webster's New World College Dictionary, "change" is defined as "to put or take a thing in place of something else; substitute for, replace with or transfer to another of a similar kind, to give or receive, to refresh, to become different". But, what does change mean to you? I invite you to take a moment, right Read More...

Brain Reconditioning: The Secret to Rapid and Lasting Change

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA Help! My amygdale got hijacked aka I got triggered, overreacted or simply flipped out. Sorry, I guess people do not flip out in the business world, unless of course they do. Have you ever been in a situation where you could not control yourself? For example: you were talking to a family member and while one part of your brain was saying "don't say that", you said exactly that, or the copier broke down at work and you heard yourself saying "&^*%$&$%$^" out-loud in front of the CEO. Guess what? You are not alone. I Read More...

Be a Loving Leader

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA I recently lost a very good friend to cancer. Her passing was not unexpected, yet the experience gave me an opportunity to evaluate some of my beliefs and behavior about life and death as well as the leadership role I took in the situation. Death never comes at a convenient time and it challenges us to be more real with ourselves as well as the people around us. The passing of a loved one, a colleague, or someone who we have rarely agreed with, usually brings up a range of emotions including feelings of grief, Read More...

All You Need Is Love

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA It is easy for us human beings to either get stopped by emotions or get supported by emotions. Remember the last time you were in love? I know perhaps that happened a long time ago, but maybe you recently loved a movie or even just a meal. When you were feeling "in love," that day, I know it, life was just better. Years ago I lived in Nicaragua for three months in a village with no electricity and running water. I remember how different I felt when I was dealing with issues of daily survival. Read More...

A Leader’s Guide to De-Clutter and Maximize Organization

By Barbara Schwarck, PCC, MPIA Clutter? Do you have any? You may have an admin or a team of admin helping you to keep you de-cluttered and organized. You may avoid clutter and disorganization by having everything sent to your hand held. Perhaps your 'IT' department has set you up with the most sophisticated technology to support keeping all information segregated and at your fingertips. You may even carry the latest lightweight laptop but are you using the technology effectively? No matter the support systems you use, many of us could still be more organized. Perhaps your state of disorganization Read More...

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