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Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Successful Leadership

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Successful Leadership For the past twenty-plus years, people have been talking and writing about the importance of emotional intelligence. Recently emotional intelligence or EI has been tied to leadership, specifically successful leadership. While most of these articles were written with a professional/corporate audience in mind, I am going to open…

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Five Steps to Let Go of Expectations

Five Steps to Let Go of Expectations

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

5 Steps to Let Go of Expectations “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…

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Getting Unstuck - Dr Barbara Schwarck blog

Getting Unstuck – The Process of Rewiring

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

So, you are feeling stuck? What’s the big deal? Well, it all depends on what it has been costing you. I am talking about things like health, wealth, happiness, contentment, inner peace, confidence, peace of mind. You get it. The process of feeling stuck is a normal part of human evolution. What isn’t so normal…

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Shake Things Up! Make a Splash! Disrupt!

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

If, like me, you’ve been trained to think of disruption in negative terms, it’s time for a change. Used correctly, disruption can be the most thoughtful and creative way to shake things up and make people take notice. Disruption means doing the unexpected. The basic theory of disruption has been around since 1995, and historically…

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The Law of Attraction – Does it Really Work? (Part I)

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

The Law of Attraction is an idea that is widespread in New Age and New Thought philosophy. It posits to never dwell on the negative, as the metaphysical principle of life is embodied in a “law of attraction”: you get what you think about, your thoughts determine your destiny. Louise Hay, the Queen of Affirmations,…

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What is Your Vision?

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Many years ago Martin Luther King had a powerful dream for the world. He dreamt of a world where people of all races could live together in peace…

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Getting to Know You – Part 1

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

Throughout our lives one thing should never change: our quest to understand ourselves and others more clearly. When we learn about ourselves, the benefits are nearly endless: a sense of self, knowledge of our beliefs, understanding of our motivations, learning how and why others react to us in different ways, and – from the point…

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Leading from the Heart

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

“The deeper your relationship with others, the more effective will be your leadership. People will not follow you if they do not trust you, and before someone will lend you a hand, you must first touch their heart.” – Robin Sharma Recently I was asked about what someone referred to as a “new” leadership technique.…

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Fight The Urge to Stereotype

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

The subtlest and most pervasive of all influences are those which create and maintain the repertory of stereotypes. We are told about the world before we see it. We imagine most things before we experience them. -Walter Lippmann Here’s a quick exercise on stereotyping: what do you think of when you think of a London…

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All You Need Is Love (For Yourself)

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

Can you remember the feeling of new love? There’s absolutely nothing like the wonder and feelings of fresh new love: the world is bright, energy is buzzing and boundless, productivity abounds, your heart is bursting, all is right with the world. You look to the future with open eyes and expectations. Your emotions are edgy…

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How to Neutralize Negative Energy

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

“You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair” – Martin Luther Remember Debbie Downer from Saturday Night Live? I hated her. I didn’t find her funny or ingratiating. I didn’t want to be her friend. Sometimes I wanted to help her out…

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The Truth Can Be Hurtful

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

A coaching client of mine recently had an experience that brought back to me a frequently-forgotten but basic truth. This client (let’s call her Ellen) has been coaching with me for about a year. But last week when she came in, she was emotionally distraught and clearly distracted. She explained that something had happened between…

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Feeling Overwhelmed at Work? Refocus Your Energy and Get Refreshed

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

  There are just so many responsibilities we can take on our shoulders before the burden starts to overwhelm us. What overwhelms you is probably different from what causes me to feel taxed. Some of us can handle more than others. Some of us thrive on having a full plate; for others having too much…

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Cultural Intelligence Revisited – Self Confidence and Success

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

Not for the first time, and probably not for the last, I find myself clinging to the importance of cultural intelligence. Often, I’ve thought of this concept in terms of defining the culture at work, or in a family, in a country or even in a classroom. But now studies have been done on actual…

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Positive Reminders

By Dr Barbara Schwarck

Whether I’m coaching CEOs, mangers or executives, there are always goals to achieve. One core element that is absolutely critical to any success in achieving goals is commitment. And that’s in fact what a resolution is…a commitment. A few weeks into the year, I decided to reflect on my New Year’s resolution as a reminder…

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