Conflict Resolutions

Making Relationships Work

By Sylvia Lafair | April 10, 2019 |

Making relationships work rather than putting them into an early grave takes thoughtfulness and intention.  If you’ve ever found yourself entangled in a less than ideal relationship with someone in your personal or professional life this will help you make sense of it all rather than throwing it all away. Let me share a recent…

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How to Get Along with Difficult People at Work, at Home, Everywhere

By Sylvia Lafair | September 4, 2018 |

Dealing with and knowing how to get along with difficult people is an international problem. Every workplace in the world has the same complaint about individuals who are procrastinators, avoiders, drama kings and queens, and the like. Last week in a seminar I was talking about the fact that Work is NOT a Rehab Facility! Three…

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Is your work environment toxic with lots of “staff infections”?

By Sylvia Lafair | July 15, 2018 |

Here is what many people have emailed me regarding toxic work environments, and they all sound like they work in the same company. The only difference is the geographic location, the same toxic work environment seems to pop up everywhere. These companies are scattered around the U.S., actually around the world from Pittsburgh to Paris,…

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Leadership Strategies: Let the jerks at work be your teachers

By Sylvia Lafair | June 6, 2018 |

 My advice to those of you dealing with less than ideal personalities at work:  Let the jerks at work be your teachers. Here’s an email that I think belongs to all of us as we search for meaning at work, I think we all want more than just a paycheck. We want a place to grow…

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Why can’t we all just get along?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 6, 2018 |

Did you ever wonder why it’s so hard to just get along? Why there’s so much tension and dissension in the world? Why has behavior hit new lows with badmouthing all the way from top leadership in our country to the workplace? It’s everywhere and in all areas of our lives. Just recently sweet, chubby,…

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How to harness the drama queen and turn it into story telling

By Sylvia Lafair | January 9, 2018 |

One of the main behavior patterns that is showing up strong these days is the Drama King/Queen. So many people have emailed me, just this week, asking how to harness the excess noise that comes with drama people at work and home. And the most frustrated are those who see how social media can become…

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3 Ways To Be On Top Of The Frustration Caused by Stress and Conflict At Work

By Sylvia Lafair | October 10, 2017 |

Do you have a stupid boss? Well, maybe not stupid, just indecisive, or slow in answering? Or perhaps you have an incompetent colleague. You know, one who always messes up the report and you must fix everything? And then there is the passive-aggressive direct report.   That’s the one who says “yes” and does “no”…

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Leadership Development: Putting Blame In All The Wrong Places

By Sylvia Lafair | August 22, 2017 |

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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Father’s Day Gift Suggestions (Hint: Not a Necktie!)

By Sylvia Lafair | July 15, 2017 |

Every Father’s Day, I bet just about everyone thinks about their dad. Some with warm feelings, others with hurt and anger, others wondering who the man is, or where he is. My story is a tough one to discuss; however, over the years, I’ve learned that talking is better than ignoring and stuffing things way down under.…

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Intuition, Science and Truth-Telling Form a Powerful Trio in the Workplace

By Sylvia Lafair | July 14, 2017 |

This is about how to rid yourself of a toxic employee or boss. Did you ever have an employee who scored high on those personality tests that determine if they would make a good fit for your organization? How about sitting in an interview and ‘just knowing’ this is the absolutely, positively, right person for…

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