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3 Habits of Naive Leaders

By Sylvia Lafair | May 24, 2018 | Comments Off on 3 Habits of Naive Leaders

Stupid leaders are a dime a dozen. What they do looks the same through the centuries. Here’s what Cicero, Roman politician and lawyer who served as consul in 63 BC had to say, “Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.” Habit #1: Repetition. You know the saying that if you…

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These are the Best and Worst Things About Success

By Sylvia Lafair | May 21, 2018 | Comments Off on These are the Best and Worst Things About Success

Let’s start with a short quiz: What’s the best thing about workplace success? A. You get more money. B. You get more recognition. C. You get more work. If you answered “A,” you are on the right track. Workplace success usually translates to earning more money. If you’re like most people, you want a financial…

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Leadership Strategies: How to be confident

By Sylvia Lafair | May 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Leadership Strategies: How to be confident

How to be confident instead of strong-willed and stubborn so you can get unstuck at work. I received the following email that got me thinking about how complex it is to be confident when you feel you’ve been blind-sided. Here’s what was said…. “I had my performance review last week and it was awful. When…

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Being Pushy is Good For You, Here’s Why…

By Sylvia Lafair | May 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Being Pushy is Good For You, Here’s Why…

What if you’ve gone too far in your comments about someone? What if you’ve been called out for being excessive in challenging others in a meeting? What if you have been shunned after you mocked a colleague? Our world of extremes is starting to backfire. Don’t get caught in the tidal wave of seeing how…

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Leadership strategies: How to look at your decision making

By Sylvia Lafair | May 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Leadership strategies: How to look at your decision making

You as a leader must think about and understand how to look at your decision making… Leadership today relies on astute decision making. Life moves so fast there’s little room left for mistakes.   How much time have you spent really, I mean really, looking at how you make decisions? Here’s a clue to why so…

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How to Ease Conflict by Knowing the Difference Between Facts and Emotions

By Sylvia Lafair | May 7, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Ease Conflict by Knowing the Difference Between Facts and Emotions

Facts are married to emotion. As a leader, it’s your job to ask the right questions that lead to what the key issues are. The natural tendency for most people is to deflect the real reasons for hurt and feeling discounted. It’s the emotions that will resolve the conflict, not just the facts. Here’s what happens in…

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Leadership Strategies: Help! BUT They Always Said The Right Thing

By Sylvia Lafair | May 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Leadership Strategies: Help! BUT They Always Said The Right Thing

Communication is complex, especially when meeting face to face.  That’s when you need to stay alert and take a deeper look at how they are talking with you.  In this post, I cover 3 ways to step back and really look at what is being said and 3 ways to check your assumptions so you…

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4 Ways You Can Check Your Competency

By Sylvia Lafair | April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on 4 Ways You Can Check Your Competency

Did you know that at least 80% of business leaders think they have above-average abilities? Most score themselves higher than their peers or direct reports do on feedback questionnaires. That leads to one of the biggest issues in today’s business climate. The tendency is to focus on strength-based perspectives and put weaknesses on the back…

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5 Simple and Effective Communication Techniques to Get Attention

By Sylvia Lafair | April 24, 2018 | Comments Off on 5 Simple and Effective Communication Techniques to Get Attention

Communication is an essential skill that all leaders must master.  In this article, I uncover 5 simple and effective communication techniques that can help you as a leader to capture the attention of your team or anyone you come into contact with. What is your preferred way of communicating? Without ever meeting you I can guess…

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Leadership Lessons from Top Leaders

By Sylvia Lafair | April 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Leadership Lessons from Top Leaders

As children, we look at our parents and teachers to understand life. Sometimes the advice we get is really good. Other times, we must do a full turn around and get on another, more positive path. Learning from the best and following in their footsteps, is another vastly productive way of moving from good to…

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