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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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Getting the Rebels Who Challenge Everything You Do to Comply

By Sylvia Lafair | February 26, 2020 |

You have the skills to be a leader. You are given great feedback about how well you communicate. So, why is it still a struggle to get some of the rebels who challenge everything you do to comply with what you want done? You question yourself all the time, wondering if you must always fire…

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Talking TRUTH to POWER

By Sylvia Lafair | February 13, 2020 |

Hi everyone! Today, we’re going to talk about a subject that most of us hate. Talking truth to power and you say, “What’s the big deal?” It’s just words coming out of your mouth, going into somebody else’s ear and brain, and then they say, “Words coming back at you.” Well, it’s about security survival.…

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How Super Achievers Can Listen to Themselves and Others

By Sylvia Lafair | February 11, 2020 |

Before super achievers can listen to themselves or others, they need to know how they got to be so exhausting, annoying, and demanding in the first place.   Here’s how the super-achiever pattern was addressed with a new coaching client, Dan, a Senior VP in a large marketing company that offers leadership development courses for senior executives.  He said this about himself, which much initial pride, “Hey, I always have to be…

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How To Have A Difficult Conversation Productively

By Sylvia Lafair | February 5, 2020 |

Summary: If being judged makes you uncomfortable, here are some ways to structure a feedback session for success. Who do you think has the most challenging time with feedback? Is it the giver or the receiver? Most leadership development programs focus on how the giver, the leader, discusses feedback with the receiver, the employee. The…

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Feedback: Learn to Love It, You’ll Get It Anyway

By Sylvia Lafair | February 5, 2020 |

Summary: Feedback started with report cards and still leaves most of us with an anxiety knot when we have performance reviews at work. Today we’re going to talk about an area of communication that makes most of us shudder. To clarify. It’s all about feedback. For example, the way you give it has ramifications, and…

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The Jerk at Work, Not Me

By Sylvia Lafair | January 29, 2020 |

Hi everybody! Well, today is one of my favorite subjects, “The Jerk at Work, Not Me”. It’s out there. It’s always out there. We’re never the jerks at work. Are we? Well, you never know, but here’s what I’d like to do. I’m going to give you a sentence that you can use. Craft it…

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