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How to become an elegant truth teller instead of a people pleaser

By Sylvia Lafair | January 16, 2018 | Comments Off on How to become an elegant truth teller instead of a people pleaser

Summary: Do you worry that too many of your employees are people pleasers? They do whatever you say and never speak up or challenge you? Here are some ideas for you. When you or others fear speaking up it causes stagnation. That’s when creativity is nowhere to be found. For instance, you want your team…

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Let’s vision 2018 as a year of hope

By Sylvia Lafair | December 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Let’s vision 2018 as a year of hope

Here is my wish for you, for all of us, as we get ready to release the old and ring in the new. Would you say its been a roller coaster year? It’s hard to process all the political dramas, climate challenges with hurricanes and fires, terrorist attacks, sexual harassment allegations, along with the usual…

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Rebels Turned Community Builders

By Sylvia Lafair | November 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Rebels Turned Community Builders

Let’s look at the difference between a rebel who fights for what is right and how that rebel can turn into a community builder, helping all of us move to new heights of thinking beyond just right and wrong. I specifically want to look at the women of today who are saying “no more!” It’s…

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The pattern of destructive entitlement

By Sylvia Lafair | November 7, 2017 | Comments Off on The pattern of destructive entitlement

Last week I wrote about Harvey Weinstein and the long term cultural reasons for his outlandish manish behavior. I received so many responses that I see I hit a nerve. One of you asked some very important questions regarding family. Think, for a minute, about the subtitle of my book “Don’t Bring It To Work,” which…

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The 3 “C’s” of Effective Leaders

By Sylvia Lafair | September 6, 2017 | Comments Off on The 3 “C’s” of Effective Leaders

What do you look for in your leaders? What are the most compelling attributes that are needed and yearned for in today’s effective leaders? What do you want to see so you can believe in him or her? No longer willing to simply nod and agree? No longer simply be a by-standers without speaking up?…

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Leadership Development: Putting Blame In All The Wrong Places

By Sylvia Lafair | August 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Leadership Development: Putting Blame In All The Wrong Places

The patterns of the past are haunting us these days.  Good leadership development requires us to read the signs of the times and lead people to a better and more positive place. How to lead in uncertain times is the highest form of leadership. The question is how to create an atmosphere where there can…

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Leadership Lessons: How Listening Changes Your Responses

By Sylvia Lafair | April 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Leadership Lessons: How Listening Changes Your Responses

Hearing and listening are related. Similar yet very different. We hear loud sounds, the wind, someone laughing or yelling. And then what? We just get on with our day. Listening, ah, another story entirely. Were you ever told to “listen up” when you were a kid? Did someone ever say “Hey, will you just shut…

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Guess Who’s Coming To Breakfast, Lunch and Maybe Even Dinner

By Sylvia Lafair | March 31, 2017 | Comments Off on Guess Who’s Coming To Breakfast, Lunch and Maybe Even Dinner

Is your company going through a growth spurt? Need more good people to participate in your exciting endeavors? Want to fill the shoes of those who have moved up with those ready to move up? Warning: Don’t overlook those seated before you. Lately I’ve been watching my colleagues combing through resumes looking for the “just…

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Join the Fun on International Day of Happiness

By Sylvia Lafair | March 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Join the Fun on International Day of Happiness

Let’s imagine together. Imagine all the people living for today.  Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer.  But I’m not the only one. I hope today you’ll join us.  Its International Day of Happiness! How will you celebrate? Think about it this way: What if…. you called someone you have not…

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The Colors of Gender Thanks to Modern Marketing and Ancient Ancestors

By Sylvia Lafair | March 7, 2017 | Comments Off on The Colors of Gender Thanks to Modern Marketing and Ancient Ancestors

From the day you were born, even before conception, there are beliefs and stereotypes that are attached to gender. Let’s consider the color continuum for gender. Pink is for girls and blue is for boys. Right? Where did this begin? Who decided which colors belong to which gender? Here is a brief trip through history.…

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