Boosting Your Mental Fitness with Wendy Swire

Wendy Swire, author, self-proclaimed “Brain Geek Coach”, and Principal at Swire Solutions, is dedicated to helping leaders harness the power of their minds to achieve unparalleled success. With a background on Wall Street, she leverages her analytical skills and passion for learning to become an expert in applied neuroscience. In this episode, Wendy discusses battling modern life's adverse effects on the human brain. Her mission is to help leaders use empathy, positive thought, and practical techniques to master their mental fitness. Listen in to hear what you can do to cultivate these traits and tap into the power of neuroplasticity.

Guest Info

Wendy Swire, Principal & Owner - Swire Solutions, LLC

Wendy was trained at Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation where she was a researcher and teacher. She served as an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins Carey Graduate School of Business. Wendy received her Master’s Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts/Harvard Universities) and has her BA degree in economics and international relations from Mt. Holyoke College.

Wendy founded the DC Neuroleadership Group study “salon” in 2009 as a community of coaches and other professionals focused on learning applications of cutting-edge neuroscience topics to the diverse fields of executive coaching, consulting, business education and more. She works closely with PhD Neuroscientists and experts to offer the latest scientific findings.

Wendy is on the board of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County. She also supports the NICL school in Leogane, Haiti where she has traveled to do service work. Wendy is a pioneer coach in the Positive Intelligence program and is a member of numerous professional associations.


Show Notes

Key takeaways from this episode:

  • Prioritize taking breaks throughout the day to give your brain time to improve cognitive performance
  • Experiment with mind-body exercises to create a more holistic approach to self-awareness and mental fitness
  • Try using physical tactics like breath work to combat negative thought patterns and focus on the positive

What to listen for:

[05:01] The effects of modern life on the brain

[13:27] Understanding your inner saboteurs

[17:18] How to adapt to a VUCA world

[26:52] The importance of sleep

[33:38] Wendy’s self-limiting story

[34:11] Quick questions with Wendy

[37:07] Wendy’s challenge to leaders for making a more human workplace


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