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Peace Tools NOT Pistols (or any other weapons of destruction)

By Sylvia Lafair | May 30, 2022 | Comments Off on Peace Tools NOT Pistols (or any other weapons of destruction)

Summary: It is critical to look “upriver” to solve the polarization and violence we are now seeing at work, at home, and in our communities.  Dear …  I am getting so many questions from leaders and emerging leaders about the polarization of our society and the number of attacks on innocent people that I want…

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The Three Areas of Adaptability for Today’s Complex World 

By Sylvia Lafair | March 22, 2022 | Comments Off on The Three Areas of Adaptability for Today’s Complex World 

Summary: The saying “adapt or die” sounds stark and scary. However, it is a truth that we all need to consider as we explore what it means to be adaptable.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  My staff is driving me nuts. I know I created a giant, hairy monster by giving them a say in when everyone…

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Can An Apple Change the World?

By Sylvia Lafair | December 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Can An Apple Change the World?

Dear Dr. Sylvia, I just finished the most delicious apple that I sprinkled with some cinnamon and brown sugar. Did you know that cinnamon is really good for you? It can help stabilize blood pressure and keep your mood from fluctuating like a roller coaster.  In other words, who knew? What an apple a day…

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Job Loss? Next Steps

By Sylvia Lafair | July 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Job Loss? Next Steps

Summary: When your life changes, what is the best way forward? Here’s a good idea. What happens when the road you’re on says “Dead end.” It occurs when you have a job loss. That is also the same sign when downsizing is in your company’s best interest. You can run but you can’t hide. The…

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Is it Good Luck or Bad Luck? You Decide!

By Sylvia Lafair | July 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Is it Good Luck or Bad Luck? You Decide!

We all give into superstitions when the day becomes dark. We say things to make ourselves feel better.  We really do create stories about good luck and bad luck.  Much like the following: Now, what I’m going to say is really not that big a deal.  Except, it was a really big deal when it…

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Leadership Lessons: How Listening Changes Your Responses

By Sylvia Lafair | April 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Leadership Lessons: How Listening Changes Your Responses

Hearing and listening are related. Similar yet very different. We hear loud sounds, the wind, someone laughing or yelling. And then what? We just get on with our day. Listening, ah, another story entirely. Were you ever told to “listen up” when you were a kid? Did someone ever say “Hey, will you just shut…

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When Is Enough…Enough

By Sylvia Lafair | November 28, 2016 | Comments Off on When Is Enough…Enough

This time of year, prepares us to ask “What really matters?” It’s a tradition to give gratitude as we sit around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Often what we say slips off our tongues without thinking about it. Yes, we’re thankful for our families, our health, a meal to fill our bellies, the team we root…

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Spotting The Big Difference Between Charming and Sincere

By Sylvia Lafair | October 2, 2016 | Comments Off on Spotting The Big Difference Between Charming and Sincere

We live in a time of sizzle and dazzle, quips and giggles. It’s not a time to do deep dives into any subject. How do I know? I’ve fool-hardheartedly been following the Presidential election soaps on television and twitter. I’ve been wondering why and when we turned from substance to slander and superficiality. I want…

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What Courage Looks Like

By Sylvia Lafair | June 20, 2016 | Comments Off on What Courage Looks Like

Twice a year we do a program for leaders and emerging leaders. It is a four session program spread over five months. Each time I include clips of leaders who have and continue to make a difference in our world. There are a few staples, like Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln. We choose from a…

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The Downside Of Growing Your Organizational Culture

By Sylvia Lafair | May 12, 2016 | Comments Off on The Downside Of Growing Your Organizational Culture

I was sitting having a quick dinner in Manhattan with some colleagues. The place was packed and the noise level high. Just a typical 6:30 p.m. time of workplace decompressing, after one of those typical rush and get it done days. At the table to the left we heard “No one should be forced to…

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