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New Year’s Resolution: How Get Started on Your Annual Plan

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / January 15, 2019

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…

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Meditation? Taking Time to Recharge and Reset

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / November 15, 2018

The Dalai Lama was sitting on a raised platform, already deep in meditation. I slipped off my shoes, sat cross-legged at a slight angle on the floor to avoid my toes being pointed in his direction, closed my eyes and started to focus on my breathing. All my meditation insecurities immediately started to kick in.…

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How to Get Things Done without Being Aggressive (Part 1)

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / October 11, 2018

Have you ever watched a friend, co-worker, or even a boss who is able to navigate a challenging situation with ease and professionalism, no matter what the politics are or who the difficult personalities involved are? This person has a “Teflon” ability to deflect anger and frustration in the problem-solving process and doesn’t settle for…

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Three Essential Tips for Dealing with Difficult People, Including Yourself

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / August 16, 2018

“The difficulties in life are vital for our personal growth and well-being.” – Lailah Gifty Akita I recently had to deal with a very difficult person who shall rename anonymous for the purpose of this blog. This person was making my life miserable and as much as I worked on having a positive attitude and…

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Mindfulness and Meditation Connection

Mindfulness and Meditation – What’s the Connection?

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / July 23, 2018

“Meditation is not difficult in its concept and essence, but it can present challenges for some. One of the most common is in having the discipline required to stick with it and do it every day, no matter what. The good news is that discipline is not something you either have or you don’t; it…

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Get your groove back

How You – Like Stella – Can Get Your Groove Back

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / April 23, 2018

I have a client who grew up in Michigan. He moved away when he went to college, not returning to his hometown except for the occasional visit for the next 23 years. He came back to his hometown because his life had just taken a turn that left him lost and confused. After two decades…

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Making peace with your past

Making Peace with Your Past

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / March 23, 2018

I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded; not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night. – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner For the past several months I have been dealing with the imminent death of my father. This…

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Leaders Don’t Ignore Their Instincts

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / February 22, 2018

Coaching requires insight, thoughtfulness, analysis and sharing. It also requires a keen and astute ability to detach truthfulness from mendaciousness and to extract facts from communications. These same traits are required for good leadership: lead by example, share experiences, show enthusiasm for learning and (usually) don’t take what you see at face value. All of…

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Five Tips to letting your light shine through

Let Your Light Shine Through: Five Tips to Get You Started

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / January 23, 2018

“DISCOVER WHAT IGNITES YOUR PASSION, THAT’S YOUR REAL JOB HERE ON EARTH. LET IT LIGHT YOU UP AND THEN FIND A WAY TO SHARE THAT WITH OTHER PEOPLE.” – CHARLES EAMES In my 20+ year coaching career, I have had hundreds, maybe even thousands, of coaching clients. Some I have adopted as my family for…

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Let Intuition Be Your Guide: Secret Three

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / December 13, 2017

One of the primary reasons top leaders are able to make tough decisions is because they have learned to trust their intuitive instincts. Bill Gates says, “Often you have to rely on intuition.” This is part three of my three-part series on the secrets of great management. Sometimes you’ll have to let intuition be your…

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