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Leadership Series: Part 1 Uncover Your Secret Code to Success

Uncover Your Secret Code to Success: Secret One of a Three Part Leadership Series

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / April 16, 2019

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” – Bill Gates A middle-manager overcame her fear of public speaking and participated in a panel discussion at an international convention where she met several new colleagues who are now helping her find promotion opportunities in her field; An executive coaching client…

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Five Steps to Let Go of Expectations

Five Steps to Let Go of Expectations

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / March 1, 2019

“If you try to hang on to something in the exact form it now is, you lose it”. — John-Roger Even after more than twenty years as an executive coach, I find that the subject of “expectations” never gets old. What do I mean by ”expectations?” I mean that we go into situations or interact…

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New Year’s Resolution: How to 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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Assertiveness: How to Get Things Done without Being Aggressive

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 an life coaching client who grew up in Michigan. He moved away when he went to college, not returning to his home town except for the occasional visit for the next 23 years. He came back to his home town because his life had just taken a turn that left him lost and…

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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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