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What Does It Mean To Be A Boss? It’s not just what you were taught in school

By Sylvia Lafair | February 16, 2021 |

#leadership #conflict resolution # team development Dear Dr. Sylvia, Above all, you can congratulate me. You’ll learn why I deserve a standing ovation in a minute. On the other hand, you can hand me a box of tissues and let me bring on the tears. Never mind, I don’t cry much. However, mostly I desire…

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Reaping the Rewards of Giving and Getting

By Sylvia Lafair | December 23, 2020 |

Dear All, During times of complexity and confusion, there are always stories of growth and transformation. They are great lessons to take into your life. As a result, this is the focus of today’s post. Leadership skills during tough times In other words, it’s about how to be the best leader you can be during…

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Reflections on Uncertainty and Courage

By Sylvia Lafair | November 26, 2020 |

Dear Dr. Sylvia,  I’m not sure how to say this politely. This year has been a frigging mess.   Not just for me, for so many I know.   What really matters in life. To clarify, I’ve been lucky that no one in my immediate circle has come down with the virus. Yet, we all know someone who has…

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Can You Remember?

By Sylvia Lafair | July 8, 2020 |

Can you remember the first time words were thrown your way that would bite and sting?  Was it the color of your skin, the shape of your eyes? Perhaps you had a “funny accent” that someone imitated and you stopped talking.  Did you live on the “other” side of town, or wear out-of-style, hand-me-down clothes?  Did you go to…

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The Courage to Change: Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement

By Sylvia Lafair | June 10, 2020 |

“What’s the big deal! Diversity issues are not new.” That’s what I hear from so many leaders recently. They call to vent and complain. They want an easy answer to this “diversity thing.” They ask if I can create a customized program that will stop the noise and demands from employees and the community.  And,…

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Is There A Common Future?

By Sylvia Lafair | June 5, 2020 |

Here is the BIG QUESTION: What is the destination?  STOP!  Do not answer just yet.  George Floyd’s gruesome death has led us to ask. Covid-19 has caused us to ask.  Those marching in protest, those looting, those salivating for violence, have all come together to lead us down the road, once again, so we have a forum to…

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Ways to Move Toward OUR COMMON FUTURE

By Sylvia Lafair | June 3, 2020 |

How do you, yes you, engage in the complex time that is upon us all right now?  When circumstances demand change what do you do?  Do you retreat, hoping for the way it was?   Do you want to clear out everything familiar and start from scratch?  Do you complain and blame “them” (whoever that may be)?  Do you want law and…

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How to Deal with a Narcissist

By Sylvia Lafair | May 20, 2020 |

I’ve been getting lots of questions about how to deal with the narcissist lately. I began to wonder if this personality type is more prevalent, or at least more obvious during times of extra stress.  So, I did a deep dive into various publications and paid special attention to the news.   Yes, there are lots of…

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Change: What really matters as we begin to create the new normal?

By Sylvia Lafair | May 13, 2020 |

Change is inevitable however, we’ve been thrown into change, more change than we’ve ever expected to experience in our lifetimes.  So how do we figure what really matters as we begin to create the new normal? I want to share the story where the president of a company I work with recently called me and said the following: …

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How to Move Out of Fear

By Sylvia Lafair | April 7, 2020 |

I am getting the same questions over and over with the same request. “Hey, Dr. Sylvia, what advice do you have to move out of the fear that is rampant these days.”   Comments are so similar. From ones about wasting time to ones about poor sleep or gorging on junk food or drinking too much. Others are about arguing over…

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