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When Feedback Makes YOU Defensive Here’s What To Do About It

By Sylvia Lafair | April 28, 2021 |

From the time we arrive on the planet, we are in a constant feedback loop. Before we have verbal language to support us, we use body language. For example: cry for a diaper change or food, and someone shows up. Studies show that babies respond to the nonverbal messages from a caretaker and adjust to…

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Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 26, 2021 |

Dear Dr Sylvia, I have been reading a lot about emotional intelligence recently. My first question is, ‘what is emotional intelligence?’ Actually, I think it is about the capacity to control and express oneself and handle interpersonal relationships with ease, Am I right? I think so. Therefore, I would love to hear your answer to…

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Who Handles ANGER Better, Males Or Females?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 8, 2021 |

Does anger win, or do you? Do you ever stop long enough to think about anger? When you feel that red hot flame of upset that start in your gut? Then it soon finds its way to your mouth. Will you react with shouts ? Or swallow you rage and walk away as fast as…

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Office Romance Stress: What’s Love Got To Do With It? (Plus: A FUN Quiz)

By Sylvia Lafair | February 16, 2021 |

Office romance stress? I’ve seen it ALL before. Here’s my advice… Dear Dr. Sylvia, I always thought I loved complexity and challenges in my life. That is to say, I’m not sure anymore. Why? To clarify, here’s what’s going on and I need some good advice. Looking for love in the wrong places? Above all,…

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Reaping the Rewards of Giving and Getting

By Sylvia Lafair | December 23, 2020 |

Dear All, During times of complexity and confusion, there are always stories of growth and transformation. They are great lessons to take into your life. As a result, this is the focus of today’s post. Leadership skills during tough times In other words, it’s about how to be the best leader you can be during…

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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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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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