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Here’s why Taylor Swift is the perfect icon of a GUTSY WOMEN LEADER

By Sylvia Lafair | August 16, 2023 | Comments Off on Here’s why Taylor Swift is the perfect icon of a GUTSY WOMEN LEADER

Summary: My book, “GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change,” emphasizes the importance of authenticity, resilience, adaptability, and vulnerability. Here’s how Taylor Swift includes these teachings and connects with the principles outlined in the book. Dear Dr. Sylvia, My city, Los Angeles, has been a hub of Taylor Swift performances. Firstly, I know she is a…

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The Future of Work Means Choosing Dialogue Over Debate. Here’s What To Consider.

By Sylvia Lafair | December 14, 2022 | Comments Off on The Future of Work Means Choosing Dialogue Over Debate. Here’s What To Consider.

Summary: We are in new territory in the world of work. It’s time to take advantage of the opportunities gained by collaborating rather than condemning.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  I am having a retreat with my senior staff to discuss the future of work.  I know you believe in leadership programs for everyone.  I’m not sure…

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Time to Talk Truth to Power: Here’s What To Do

By Sylvia Lafair | December 7, 2022 | Comments Off on Time to Talk Truth to Power: Here’s What To Do

Summary: Learn how to speak up and be heard by someone in power. The “Four B’s” make it a slam dunk every time. Dear Dr. Sylvia, Did you ever think there would be a big push to consider employees’ mental health at work? Don’t get me wrong. I know it is essential to bring, as…

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How Witches, Halloween, and Stress Can Make You Feel Crazy

By Sylvia Lafair | October 27, 2022 | Comments Off on How Witches, Halloween, and Stress Can Make You Feel Crazy

Summary: The reasons for fear and the decision to either speak out or shut up started long ago. If you ever wonder why so many women are bothered by self-doubt and afraid to speak out, keep reading. Here are some ideas that may surprise you. Men, as well as women, please pay attention. Dear Dr.…

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Frances Hesselbein: Meet a GUTSY woman who, like Queen Elizabeth II, underlines duty and legacy

By Sylvia Lafair | September 13, 2022 | Comments Off on Frances Hesselbein: Meet a GUTSY woman who, like Queen Elizabeth II, underlines duty and legacy

Summary: In today’s world, women empowerment training is trending. Yet, it’s not so much about the number of women in leadership positions (however, that is good); it’s more about what these women stand for and how they bring their values to their organizations. We can all learn deeply from women like the late Queen Elizabeth…

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What Happens to Women Leaders When They Tell The Truth?

By Sylvia Lafair | July 12, 2022 | Comments Off on What Happens to Women Leaders When They Tell The Truth?

Summary: There is always a risk to telling the truth. Is it more difficult for women to speak up? Most research says “yes.” Here is a way to be clear, heard, and respected.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  As a leader, I know I must give difficult feedback to my team. However, I have not mastered “the…

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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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Overwhelmed? We All Are!

By Sylvia Lafair | January 11, 2022 | Comments Off on Overwhelmed? We All Are!

Summary: What do you do when plans are derailed and there is no light at the end of the tunnel? Here’s what to do with feeling overwhelmed. Did you ever want to lash out at someone and instead yell at your ever-faithful dog? Or, make nasty comments to your indoor plants for demanding attention. as…

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What is the best present for you to receive now or ever?

By Sylvia Lafair | December 28, 2021 | Comments Off on What is the best present for you to receive now or ever?

Summary: Look at this year and decide the best presents you received. There are birthdays, holidays, and “just because” gifts. Think about relationship communications and see how that fits into your best current list. What is a meaningful gift? Is it something you requested, or did someone make an excellent guess, and voila, there it…

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How Transformational Leadership Works: It Takes GUTSY Women and BOLD Men

By Sylvia Lafair | December 14, 2021 | Comments Off on How Transformational Leadership Works: It Takes GUTSY Women and BOLD Men

Summary: We’re on the cusp of new ways of relating to each other. It’s going to take all of us, GUTSY women and BOLD men. The old way is about power, prestige, and prominence. The new method, transformational leadership, is still being designed. Here are ways to “prime the pump.” The new and better way…

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