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Honoring Our Veterans: Each In Our Own Way

By Sylvia Lafair | November 10, 2015 | Comments Off on Honoring Our Veterans: Each In Our Own Way

I sat in silence listening to the stories of battered trucks driving down dirt roads and blowing up just a hairs breath from soldiers on duty. I heard about the pain, angst and often guilt that is part of physically fighting someone into submission or fear being killed. The vets all said, in their own…

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How We All Can Lead Cultural And Interpersonal Change Throughout The World

By Sylvia Lafair | October 16, 2015 | Comments Off on How We All Can Lead Cultural And Interpersonal Change Throughout The World

I have not been to China for over a decade and coming here now was a bit of a shock. Tall buildings everywhere, cars replacing the myriad of bicycles that clogged the streets of Beijing on my last trip. Young people laughing and flirting. Parents caring for their coveted only child. Children who are well…

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Gender Equality Isn’t About Women Winning And Men Losing

By Sylvia Lafair | October 14, 2015 | Comments Off on Gender Equality Isn’t About Women Winning And Men Losing

Consider for a moment that women and men have never been equal at any time in history – not ever. This is a staggering thought, and it makes it clear that we are sailing in uncharted waters. It’s why there is no ‘best practice’ in place and no magic wand. What we are involved in…

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How To Get Heard After You’ve Been Whacked Upside The Head

By Sylvia Lafair | September 23, 2015 | Comments Off on How To Get Heard After You’ve Been Whacked Upside The Head

Dear Dr. Sylvia, I know you think that we can all transform our negative patterns. I have my doubts. You see, I read your book…twice! And I still have a serious problem. I took the Pattern Aware Quiz and know I am considered a persecutor/bully. I have worked hard to change my style from being…

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Stuck Plumbing?

By Sylvia Lafair | August 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Stuck Plumbing?

Dear Dr. Sylvia, I am a newly named director in a major tech company. We have been around for many years and have so many systems in place. However, what cannot be programmed (wish it could be!) are the human beings who surround me. Here is my dilemma: my boss is a mixture of a…

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GUTSY WOMEN For FREEDOM

By Sylvia Lafair | July 1, 2015 | Comments Off on GUTSY WOMEN For FREEDOM

We all know about George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and John Hancock. They are reminders of how determined we must all be when freedom is put in harm’s way. I have always wondered about the women of the Revolution. In school all we were taught was that Betsy Ross was known for sewing the American flag.…

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Can BAD People Be Good Leaders?

By Sylvia Lafair | June 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Can BAD People Be Good Leaders?

When Tom was fired from his CEO position there were lots of heads shaking side to side wondering what happened. Tom was a charismatic kind of guy who was always telling funny jokes and encouraging everyone to do the best they could do. He was both cheerleader and coach. So what happened? Let’s face it.…

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Prioritize!

By Sylvia Lafair | June 18, 2015 | Comments Off on Prioritize!

When your technical skills are great and you really care about your constituents you should be getting lots of kudos for your work. Right? Well…not so fast. Number one is, you MUST prioritize your RELATIONSHIPS. So often people skills are what creates a limiting career path. Now, what exactly do I mean? I mean YOUR…

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Can Men Support Women At Work

By Sylvia Lafair | June 11, 2015 | Comments Off on Can Men Support Women At Work

I have found LinkedIn to be a magical place to connect with some of the smartest and most pioneering individuals on the planet. Recently Ed Gurowitz, Senior Consultant at Gender Allies contacted me after seeing some of my blogs about GUTSY WOMEN LEADERS. He sent me an important post about how to create gender relationships…

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True Leaders Know How To Deal With The Office Jerk

By Sylvia Lafair | June 9, 2015 | Comments Off on True Leaders Know How To Deal With The Office Jerk

How many times have we been on our way to work dreading that we might bump into the office jerk? You know, that one person that makes you cringe every time you have to walk by their cubicle or office, knowing if they spot you they’re going to invade your space or act offensively. We’ve…

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