Reaping the Rewards of Giving and Getting

By Sylvia Lafair | December 23, 2020 |

Dear All, During this time of complexity and confusion, there are stories of growth and transformation that are great lessons to take into the new year. That is the focus of this post, how to be the best leader you can be during these frustrating times. I want to respond to many of the emails…

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A Bandaid on a Broken Arm

By Sylvia Lafair | October 28, 2020 |

Dear Dr. Sylvia, Well, it finally happened! And it has been awful, horrible, and over the top frustrating. My whole leadership team requested a Zoom conference call and said they were ready to walk out, quit, leave, go away, and never come back. I felt like I had been hit by a huge truck or…

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Speaking Truth to Power

By Sylvia Lafair | October 7, 2020 |

Dear Dr. Sylvia, I have built a great career over the past 15 years. I was considered a high potential emerging leader and now I am seen as a full-blooded really great leader.  However, the changes during this pandemic have me in a quandary. Here’s the issue: in my organization, there are those who follow…

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Freudian Slips Are NOT Something Women Wear

By Sylvia Lafair | August 12, 2020 |

Dear Dr. Sylvia, I had the most awful thing happen to me when I was talking with my boss last week. He was making demands that seemed impossible. I stood up for myself and told him the demands he made were impossible to fulfill. He just looked at me with great caring on our Zoom…

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Can You Detox a Terrible Situation at Work?

By Sylvia Lafair | August 5, 2020 |

Dear Dr. Sylvia, The past months have been like living in an extra awful, super-hot hell. I know I shouldn’t complain because my staff is physically well, and so am I.  Emotionally, that’s another story. And it all boils down to one woman who is causing so much division that we are now team red…

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How to See Your Emotional Blind Spots

By Sylvia Lafair | July 22, 2020 |

Want to be able to see what you can’t see? Yes, that sentence makes sense….sort of. It’s like a magic trick. You know, you see it then you don’t. There is a part of your eyes that had no image detection. For the most part, human eyes report to the brain with an accurate picture.…

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What to do when you feel like you have no more bandwidth

By Sylvia Lafair | July 15, 2020 |

What do you keep telling yourself when you have no more bandwidth to do one more thing?  If you are a high achieving business person, I bet you just said to yourself, “I can always do just one more thing today.”  That’s exactly what my senior VP client told me two weeks ago.  And yesterday I got a call from…

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Telling the Truth: Not for Wimps

By Sylvia Lafair | July 1, 2020 |

Why does telling the truth have to be so darn hard? So much information, so much confusion. Who do you believe?  Which media outlets are pushing out fake news and which are telling the honest, open truth? Anyone? No one? Telling the Truth: Not for Wimps If you missed out on being part of past…

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The Courage to Change: Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement

By Sylvia Lafair | June 10, 2020 |

“What’s the big deal! Diversity issues are not new.” That’s what I hear from so many leaders recently. They call to vent and complain. They want an easy answer to this “diversity thing.” They ask if I can create a customized program that will stop the noise and demands from employees and the community.  And,…

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Ways to Move Toward OUR COMMON FUTURE

By Sylvia Lafair | June 3, 2020 |

How do you, yes you, engage in the complex time that is upon us all right now?  When circumstances demand change what do you do?  Do you retreat, hoping for the way it was?   Do you want to clear out everything familiar and start from scratch?  Do you complain and blame “them” (whoever that may be)?  Do you want law and…

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