Sylvia Lafair

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness Month for Leaders at Work, Home, Everywhere

By Sylvia Lafair | May 4, 2021 |

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? It’s a great time to spotlight effective ways to let go of over-the-top stress and anxiety. Above all, Covid has profoundly impacted people of all ages at home, school, and work. Now, more than ever, the stigma around mental health struggles needs to be addressed.…

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When Feedback Makes YOU Defensive Here’s What To Do About It

By Sylvia Lafair | April 28, 2021 |

From the time we arrive on the planet, we are in a constant feedback loop. Before we have verbal language to support us, we use body language. For example: cry for a diaper change or food, and someone shows up. Studies show that babies respond to the nonverbal messages from a caretaker and adjust to…

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How Perfectionists Limit Stress (at least for a short time)

By Sylvia Lafair | April 20, 2021 |

Do you work or live with someone who are perfectionists and want everything to be “just right?” Or perhaps you are the one who says, “Nah, it’s not ready yet. I still need to make it better.” Where, oh where, do you think that yearning to be perfect comes from? Above all, it’s from fear…

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5 Surprising Secrets Leaders Use to Stay Calm When Stress Is High

By Sylvia Lafair | April 13, 2021 |

Your performance as a leader is directly related to how calm you can remain when stress hits the hot button. Above all, learn various ways to keep that darn stress at bay. The only thing that won’t work is to be told, “Stay calm.” Above all, what you need to do is… something. Here’s what…

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How Successful Leaders Handle Stress and Family

By Sylvia Lafair | April 7, 2021 |

Did you ever think about what it means to be a grown-up and a child at the same time? In every society, once you reach a certain age, you are deemed an adult. And yet, there is always that inner feeling of being someone’s little one, even if just for a moment. It’s not about…

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5 Ways for Leaders to Lessen Stress at Work

By Sylvia Lafair | April 1, 2021 |

Dear Dr. Sylvia,My boss decided that it was time for him to retire. Consequently, I am nominated to take his position. Above all, I am honored and very nervous. Yes, very nervous! Therefore, I need some help from you. Firstly, I want to take advantage of your vast knowledge of workplace relationships and your astute…

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Five Steps to a New You!

By Sylvia Lafair | April 1, 2021 |

Ready for a New YOU! Isn’t that what most of us want? We are constantly striving to evolve and change. Do you start each year with a boatload of positive promises about yourself? Hopefully, at least a few ideas stick so you can become a better person. That there will be ONE, that’s all, just…

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Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 26, 2021 |

Dear Dr Sylvia, I have been reading a lot about emotional intelligence recently and I would love to hear your answer to the following question: “Is it more effective to talk mostly about facts or add lots of vibrant color using emotional words at work?” I believe we are all looking at the importance of…

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Who Handles ANGER Better, Males Or Females?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 8, 2021 |

Does anger win or do you? Do you ever stop long enough to think about anger? When you feel that red hot flame of upset start in your gut, and it soon finds its way to your mouth. Will you react with shouts ? Or swallow you rage and walk away as fast as possible?…

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Can’t Decide? Yes, No, Maybe? Here’s What To Do

By Sylvia Lafair | March 6, 2021 |

How to decide what to decide. Do you get all tangled up inside when you have to make a big decision? Or even a small one? For instance, “The tie comes in blue, red or leopard print. Which do I get?” Another example, “Is hotel A or B best for our summer vacation? Wait, what…

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