Leadership Strategies

What Is Needed NOW In Leadership

By Sylvia Lafair | June 3, 2020 |

Hi everybody! Sylvia Lafair here, and I woke up this morning pretty agitated in distress, and when I turn the news on, of course, it was validated with what’s going on in Minnesota and literally all over the country for that fact, and I started thinking with school not in, and kids not able to…

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It’s Time To STOP Being a Pleaser

By Sylvia Lafair | June 1, 2020 |

Hi everyone, Sylvia Lafair here, with some thoughts about where we are heading as the vaccine takes on the pandemic. Many of my clients have complained that they are exhausted and feel overwhelmed because they can’t say no. They are worried about how to react when schools and workplaces open up once again. Get ready…

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What is the new normal?

By Sylvia Lafair | May 27, 2020 |

The question every leader is asking these days is:  What is the new normal?   Back to the office? Part-time at home? Full time at home?  Look, initially, It won’t be business as usual. It will be business as unusual.  We all yearn for physical safety and equally as important we yearn for psychological safety.  Physical safety means nods not handshakes. It means…

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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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Who decides when enough is enough?

By Sylvia Lafair | April 22, 2020 |

How many of you have said, “enough is enough?” And how many of you find that while you demand that the upset stop, it just keeps going on and on.   QUESTION: Who decides when enough is enough?  ANSWER: It depends on the circumstances.  What an annoying, non-answer.  Well, it does depend on the circumstances.   EXAMPLE:…

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What are your usual coping mechanisms?

By Sylvia Lafair | April 1, 2020 |

I did a survey asking the following question: What are your usual coping mechanisms?   Take a minute and answer it for yourself.  The responses I received went from “Eating junk food” to “Playing games online” to “Binge-watching “Tiger King” to “Mixing a batch of martinis” and on and on.   Most responses were about indulging in one way…

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7 Ways to “Practice Safe Stress” during times of confusion and chaos

By Sylvia Lafair | March 25, 2020 |

What do you do when others are driving you nuts? When you can’t seem to catch your breath because so much is being asked of you? When you must change your schedule to please others who claim to need you ‘right now’?   Do you go on the attack and say whatever comes to mind to…

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Have the Rules for Competent Leaders Changed?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 11, 2020 |

Have the rules for competent leaders changed over time?  Has social media and the fast pace of the world made the qualities of what real leadership is so different?  I say NO.  I spent time researching what the leaders of old did to keep projects moving quickly. I spent time looking at what was expected…

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Leadership Tip: How to Engage the Petty Tyrant at Work and Win

By Sylvia Lafair | February 28, 2020 |

Today’s leadership tip is about something that I think just about everybody has to find and figure out what to do with at some point in their work life. What I like to call, the petty tyrant. It’s the person who can make it crazy, because they’d like to steal your ideas and then claim…

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Getting the Rebels Who Challenge Everything You Do to Comply

By Sylvia Lafair | February 26, 2020 |

You have the skills to be a leader. You are given great feedback about how well you communicate. So, why is it still a struggle to get some of the rebels who challenge everything you do to comply with what you want done? You question yourself all the time, wondering if you must always fire…

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