General Resolution

How to Leap into the New Year and Let Your Dreams Take Flight

By Sylvia Lafair | December 27, 2022 | Comments Off on How to Leap into the New Year and Let Your Dreams Take Flight

Summary: This is a great time to think about how you want to advance your career and your relationships. Go ahead, take a leap of faith. Here’s what to do.  Dear ….  Did you know that at least 50% of adults make new year’s resolutions?  Mostly they are about more exercise, less weight, healthier eating,…

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Ouch: Taking the Sting from Conflict at Work

By Sylvia Lafair | October 20, 2022 | Comments Off on Ouch: Taking the Sting from Conflict at Work

Summary: Workplace conflict is a BIG problem that won’t go away. Most executives and entrepreneurs I coach first worry about $$$$ issues and then quickly think about their employees. Here are thoughts about what may keep you up at night and what to do differently. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I find that whether my company finally…

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How to Reduce Stress at Work: Avoid Toxic Social Narcissists  

By Sylvia Lafair | August 9, 2022 | Comments Off on How to Reduce Stress at Work: Avoid Toxic Social Narcissists  

Summary: We live with fake news, general rancor, sizzle and sparkle, slander, and superficiality. As leaders, you must look at the information you receive more intently. Here are ways to judge if someone is here to help or hinder long-term success.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  I watched a recent 60 Minutes segment that was chilling. It…

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Leadership Lessons: When Hidden Emotions Show Up

By Sylvia Lafair | July 26, 2022 | Comments Off on Leadership Lessons: When Hidden Emotions Show Up

Summary: The emotions underneath leadership decisions are often ignored. Learning to read your specific personal concerns and upsets can lead to more effective leadership moving forward.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  I cannot watch the news anymore without a knot in my stomach. When I see the fires roar around the world and the guns destroy lives,…

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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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