Growth

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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How Leaders Can Move Past “Survival of the Fittest” to “Survive and Be Fit” 

By Sylvia Lafair | May 24, 2022 | Comments Off on How Leaders Can Move Past “Survival of the Fittest” to “Survive and Be Fit” 

Summary: External forces keep us on our toes, ready to react. Here we discuss the hidden reasons for why we respond as we do.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  I’ll cut right to the chase. Time is going by, and I am frustrated and worried.  I am a 47-year-old healthy male who is the CFO of a…

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Leadership Education and Transformation: Is Change Worth the Effort Or Not?

By Sylvia Lafair | May 10, 2022 | Comments Off on Leadership Education and Transformation: Is Change Worth the Effort Or Not?

Summary: Transformation is in vogue right now. Here are ideas to help you decide what to decide. Be careful what you ask for, you may just get it. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I am a Senior Vice President of a very successful retail furniture company. However, I have lost my mojo. I want to quit and…

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Emotional Flexibility in This Time of Constant Change 

By Sylvia Lafair | March 29, 2022 | Comments Off on Emotional Flexibility in This Time of Constant Change 

Summary: The more adept you are in being emotionally flexible, the more adaptable you can be in your leadership role.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  This one is personal. I had a very difficult situation occur with my stepdaughter and she wants to break all ties with me.  I know from reading your books that you suggest…

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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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Here’s How to Erase the Obstacles to Change and Adaptability

By Sylvia Lafair | March 15, 2022 | Comments Off on Here’s How to Erase the Obstacles to Change and Adaptability

Summary: Change is coming faster than ever before. The whole world seems out of control. While change is unsettling, the process of adapting from now to new is vital for future success. Here are some methods to move forward.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  I keep vacillating from denying my negative emotions, staying positive, and stating that…

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Creative Energy Options

What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed and Frustrated

By Sylvia Lafair | March 8, 2022 | Comments Off on What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed and Frustrated

Summary: If you have ever felt overwhelmed and frustrated, you’ll relate to what my coaching client said. When you feel overwhelmed mistakes will happen. Dear Dr. Sylvia, “I had a fender bender on the way to work because I was late and rushing; I tripped going on the up escalator. (Who the heck ever stumbles…

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Are Self-serving Narcissists More Prevalent Now?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Are Self-serving Narcissists More Prevalent Now?

Summary: Everywhere you look, people are taking sides at the expense of how their behavior impacts those around them. You best be careful, and please don’t feed the narcissist beast. Here are the signs. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I did it again! Yup, seduced by a fast-talking marketing gal. I signed up for an expensive program…

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The NOT SEE Movement, And Critical Thinking: What You Need To Know

By Sylvia Lafair | February 2, 2022 | Comments Off on The NOT SEE Movement, And Critical Thinking: What You Need To Know

Summary: How can leaders respond to the newest round of books banned in schools? What questions can we ask and what happens next? I received an email that sent me into a tailspin. It’s about what children are learning in school. More importantly, it’s about what they are not learning. Here is the email and…

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Tea with Thay: Traveling in China with Thich Nhat Hanh 

By Sylvia Lafair | January 25, 2022 | Comments Off on Tea with Thay: Traveling in China with Thich Nhat Hanh 

Summary: In June 2000 I was able to participate in the “trip of a lifetime.” Here are some thought about what I learned being with this esteemed teacher about the deeper meaning of transformational leadership. Thay (which means teacher in Vietnamese) “became part of everything” on January 22, 2022.  He holds the small porcelain cup in both hands. He lifts it slowly, so very…

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