Business & Life Patterns

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How Leaders Can Move Past “Survival of the Fittest” to “Survive and Be Fit” 

By Sylvia Lafair | May 24, 2022 | Comments Off on How Leaders Can Move Past “Survival of the Fittest” to “Survive and Be Fit” 

Summary: External forces keep us on our toes, ready to react. Here we discuss the hidden reasons for why we respond as we do.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  I’ll cut right to the chase. Time is going by, and I am frustrated and worried.  I am a 47-year-old healthy male who is the CFO of a…

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Here’s How To Identify and Cope With Stress Now and Forever!

By Sylvia Lafair | May 17, 2022 | Comments Off on Here’s How To Identify and Cope With Stress Now and Forever!

Summary: Are you looking for stress relief? Is your stress higher at work or at home? Here is how to cope with stress and help those around you benefit.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  Even though I don’t know Will Smith, I keep getting a whack on the side of my head! At least, it’s only figuratively. …

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Leadership Education and Transformation: Is Change Worth the Effort Or Not?

By Sylvia Lafair | May 10, 2022 | Comments Off on Leadership Education and Transformation: Is Change Worth the Effort Or Not?

Summary: Transformation is in vogue right now. Here are ideas to help you decide what to decide. Be careful what you ask for, you may just get it. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I am a Senior Vice President of a very successful retail furniture company. However, I have lost my mojo. I want to quit and…

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Your BOSS Is NOT Your MOTHER

By Sylvia Lafair | May 3, 2022 | Comments Off on Your BOSS Is NOT Your MOTHER

Summary: Do you know that many bosses can be seen as work- mothers? It’s universal and essential to realize this is a complex role that gets in the way of long-term success. Here are some ideas to ponder. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I have a mother; of course, we all do! I am also a mother…

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It’s Time to Transform Splitters into Peacemakers

By Sylvia Lafair | April 5, 2022 | Comments Off on It’s Time to Transform Splitters into Peacemakers

Summary: There is so much disagreement in today’s world. Much of it is due to the behavior pattern of separating people into being “for” and “against” each other. Do you know a splitter (or are you one)? Here are ways out of the tangled web that causes the split for hate and even war to…

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Emotional Flexibility in This Time of Constant Change 

By Sylvia Lafair | March 29, 2022 | Comments Off on Emotional Flexibility in This Time of Constant Change 

Summary: The more adept you are in being emotionally flexible, the more adaptable you can be in your leadership role.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  This one is personal. I had a very difficult situation occur with my stepdaughter and she wants to break all ties with me.  I know from reading your books that you suggest…

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Here’s How to Erase the Obstacles to Change and Adaptability

By Sylvia Lafair | March 15, 2022 | Comments Off on Here’s How to Erase the Obstacles to Change and Adaptability

Summary: Change is coming faster than ever before. The whole world seems out of control. While change is unsettling, the process of adapting from now to new is vital for future success. Here are some methods to move forward.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  I keep vacillating from denying my negative emotions, staying positive, and stating that…

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Are Self-serving Narcissists More Prevalent Now?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Are Self-serving Narcissists More Prevalent Now?

Summary: Everywhere you look, people are taking sides at the expense of how their behavior impacts those around them. You best be careful, and please don’t feed the narcissist beast. Here are the signs. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I did it again! Yup, seduced by a fast-talking marketing gal. I signed up for an expensive program…

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Leadership Lesson: Careful, The Art and Craft of Seduction is Everywhere

By Sylvia Lafair | February 15, 2022 | Comments Off on Leadership Lesson: Careful, The Art and Craft of Seduction is Everywhere

Summary: It’s easy to be flattered. The big question is, how do you respond to all the bells and whistles coming your way? Here’s what to know, so you don’t get scammed. These days everyone is talking about the newest hits on Netflix. One is a charming male who seduces unsuspecting females (watch The Tinder…

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The NOT SEE Movement, And Critical Thinking: What You Need To Know

By Sylvia Lafair | February 2, 2022 | Comments Off on The NOT SEE Movement, And Critical Thinking: What You Need To Know

Summary: How can leaders respond to the newest round of books banned in schools? What questions can we ask and what happens next? I received an email that sent me into a tailspin. It’s about what children are learning in school. More importantly, it’s about what they are not learning. Here is the email and…

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