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Leadership Strategies: When is it better to make waves and say NO?

By Sylvia Lafair | October 9, 2020 |

Summary: Saying NO often causes extreme stress. It is one of the essential words in any language. Here are practical communication skills that keep you strong when NO is the correct response. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I have so much trouble saying no. I don’t like to upset the apple cart, rock the boat, be unpopular.…

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Freudian Slips Are NOT Something Women Wear

By Sylvia Lafair | August 12, 2020 |

Summary: Did you ever wonder why you want to yell out something that can be embarrassing? It stems from your subconscious. Here is what happens when you think, “What made me think/say THAT!” Dear Dr. Sylvia, I had an awful thing happen to me when I was talking with my boss last week. He was…

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In the Room Where IT Happened

By Sylvia Lafair | July 10, 2020 |

Summary: Leadership and self-awareness go hand in hand. That means knowing your family and cultural history. Have you ever thought about what happened in the room where YOU began?  #leadership #culture #communication I have a question. Do you know about you, in the room where it happened? The success of the Broadway show Hamilton brings that song…

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How Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement Move Productivity to a Higher Level

By Sylvia Lafair | June 5, 2020 |

Summary: You can teach prejudice. You can grow and learn too. Here is the story of one woman who helped children become critical thinkers. They developed self-awareness for more fulfilling lives. Firstly, if you do not know who Jane Elliott is, please google her. Then take the time to watch the documentary. Yes, one person…

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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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Who decides when enough is enough?

By Sylvia Lafair | April 22, 2020 |

Summary: How many of you have said, “enough is enough?” And you find that while you demand the upset to stop, it just keeps going on and on? This leads to both overwhelm and anxiety.  Here are some tips to help. QUESTION: Who decides when enough is enough?  ANSWER: It depends on the circumstances.  What…

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Create Emotional Environment for Success at Work and at Home

By Sylvia Lafair | March 19, 2020 |

Hi everyone! Well, we are in it. It is the worst of times. It is the best of times. It’s all how you perceive what’s going on now. I don’t want to make light of what’s happening on our planet right now, but there is good that can come out of it, and we really…

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Leaders and Rebels

By Sylvia Lafair | March 6, 2020 |

Today we’re going to look at why we get so stuck when things keep repeating and repeating. It’s the old quote by Einstein, “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” And that’s the truth. Ain’t it the truth? So, we’re going to look at how in relationships…

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How Is Good Work Measured in Most Organizations Today?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 4, 2020 |

How is good work measured in most organizations today? It’s no longer about longevity and loyalty. It’s no longer about being first one in the office and last one out (to show how hard you work). It’s not enough to say ‘yes’ to each and every project, no matter how overwhelmed you become. What should…

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How to Change Conflict to Collaboration

By Sylvia Lafair | March 4, 2020 |

Hi everyone! Sylvia Lafair here and I’d like to offer just a few tidbits about conflict and how to handle that nasty thing that drives us all crazy. So, when they ask how many people out there like conflict raise your hand. If you do all over the world where I worked I have asked…

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