Business

Diversity Training Dilemmas: Unraveling the Controversies

By Sylvia Lafair | February 27, 2024 | Comments Off on Diversity Training Dilemmas: Unraveling the Controversies

Summary: Diversity training has been a cornerstone of organizational development in recent years, aiming to foster inclusive workplace cultures. However, a growing number of companies are now questioning or even discontinuing their diversity training programs. Here are the reasons behind this trend. Dear Dr. Sylvia, My frustration is about cutting our diversity program for this…

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Navigating Growth: Where are You on the 7 Stages of Business Development?

By Sylvia Lafair | February 19, 2024 | Comments Off on Navigating Growth: Where are You on the 7 Stages of Business Development?

Summary: The journey from startup to mature organization is an exhilarating and challenging adventure. Many startups aspire to evolve into mature entities, but only a select few successfully navigate the complexities of growth. Let’s explore critical stages that can help your company transition smoothly to become a mature organization. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I am the…

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Combating Workplace Challenges: Silence is the Enemy

By Sylvia Lafair | February 12, 2024 | Comments Off on Combating Workplace Challenges: Silence is the Enemy

Summary: Let’s explore why silence is the enemy at work. Did you ever wonder why so many competent individuals ignore that silent elephant in the room rather than speak out to be heard? Here’s the route to heightened workplace satisfaction. Dear Dr. Sylvia, As the head of a very creative and competent team, I thought…

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Celebrating Success: The Empowerment of Women Tooting Their Own Horns

By Sylvia Lafair | February 7, 2024 | Comments Off on Celebrating Success: The Empowerment of Women Tooting Their Own Horns

Summary: The world is increasingly recognizing the achievements of women in various fields. Thus, there is a growing need for women to take charge of their stories and proudly share their successes. Dear All, Today, I am celebrating my achievements as an executive and leadership coach. Once again, I have been named on the Top…

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Navigating the Workplace Maze: The Impact of Employee Misalignment on Organizational Vision

By Sylvia Lafair | January 31, 2024 | Comments Off on Navigating the Workplace Maze: The Impact of Employee Misalignment on Organizational Vision

Summary: Creating a productive and cohesive work environment is crucial for the success of any organization. When employees cannot align around a shared vision, it can lead to various challenges and adverse outcomes. Let’s explore the repercussions of such a situation and potential strategies to address it. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I am thinking of quitting.…

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Obsolete or Relevant?: Take a Look at Your Work Style

By Sylvia Lafair | January 25, 2024 | Comments Off on Obsolete or Relevant?: Take a Look at Your Work Style

Summary: Is your work style keeping up with the times, or is it becoming obsolete? Let’s explore the dynamics of work styles today and share insights on staying relevant. Dear Dr. Sylvia, My boss is not that old. However, he is an old “fuddy-duddy” (now there is an antiquated expression) regarding how to lead his…

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Learning from Taylor Swift: How Emotional Intelligence Can Empower Meghan Markle and Others

By Sylvia Lafair | December 11, 2023 | Comments Off on Learning from Taylor Swift: How Emotional Intelligence Can Empower Meghan Markle and Others

Summary: Emotional intelligence is a valuable skill that transcends industries and professions. We can learn much from those who navigate fame with grace and authenticity. Here, we explore how Taylor Swift, the globally celebrated pop sensation, shows the importance of emotional intelligence and its impact on personal and professional growth. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I have…

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Culture Killers in the Workplace: Unmasking the Culprits

By Sylvia Lafair | September 18, 2023 | Comments Off on Culture Killers in the Workplace: Unmasking the Culprits

Summary: A healthy workplace culture fosters employee engagement, innovation, and productivity. However, culture killers can be equally potent in dragging an organization down. These toxic elements can erode trust, hinder collaboration, and stifle creativity. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I know there will be missteps and upsets in every work arena. After all, humans are not perfect…

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Is Happiness Oversold? Here’s What Truly Matters for Business Executives and Emerging Leaders

By Sylvia Lafair | August 23, 2023 | Comments Off on Is Happiness Oversold? Here’s What Truly Matters for Business Executives and Emerging Leaders

Summary: Messages bombard us that suggest happiness is life’s ultimate goal. That achieving it should be our top priority. Happiness is undoubtedly valuable. Yet, we oversell it in our culture. Here I explore the idea that other essential aspects of life deserve attention, particularly for those navigating the complex terrain of the business world. Dear…

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Why Psychological Safety Is Cost-Effective at Work

By Sylvia Lafair | June 14, 2023 | Comments Off on Why Psychological Safety Is Cost-Effective at Work

Summary: Most twenty-first-century workplaces are rife with negativity, tension, and conflict, with enormous costs ranging from decreased productivity to lawsuits. Here are some ideas on developing psychological safety and making positive cultural changes. Dear Dr. Sylvia, The complaining at work about too little time and too much to do is getting old. I have team…

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