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Fight The Urge to Stereotype

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / January 8, 2015

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 / November 6, 2014

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 / October 23, 2014

“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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From Kvetching to Kvelling

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / October 9, 2014

Having the privilege to travel all over the world and seeing and being with people who are less fortunate than me, reminded me of important it is to be grateful. In fact, my thoughts returned again and again to just how fortunate I am in my everyday life. Sometimes, when I am at home I…

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Place the Big Rocks First

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / September 18, 2014

Though you’ve may not heard of author and speaker Steven Covey, you’ve probably read, or at the very least heard of, his wonderful book The Seven Habits of Effective People. And, though that is his most well-known book, it’s a philosophy from his first book, Put First Things First, which really resonates with me. There,…

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The Truth Can Be Hurtful

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / August 14, 2014

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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How to Receive Feedback – Part Two

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / July 17, 2014

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. -David Brinkley This post is about receiving negative feedback or making receiving criticism a positive experience. For ease of discussion, let’s say there are two types of feedback: positive feedback when you are told…

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How to Receive Feedback – Part One

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / July 3, 2014

Winston Churchill recognized the importance of criticism when he said, “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than…

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Feeling Overwhelmed at Work? Refocus Your Energy and Get Refreshed

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / June 5, 2014

  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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I Want My Employees to Trust Me: A Few Simple Steps to Move to Regain Trust

By Dr Barbara Schwarck / May 15, 2014

Recently, a new executive coaching client came to me and pointed to a very specific dilemma he was experiencing. He felt, quite strongly, that his employees simply did not trust him. He wanted my help. This was a challenging undertaking and was a multistep process. Together, we tackled the problem and, together, we succeeded in…

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