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How Leaders Increase Work and Personal Productivity With Less Stress

By Sylvia Lafair | June 2, 2021 |

New discussions are popping, indicating leadership is not just about business anymore. It never really was. Conversations now address life’s purpose. Here is how you can decrease stress, increase productivity, and be confident in your decisions. Can you really balance the work-home conundrum? Dear Dr. Sylvia, I have been so comfortable working from home. I…

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Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 26, 2021 |

Dear Dr Sylvia, I have been reading a lot about emotional intelligence recently. My first question is, ‘what is emotional intelligence?’ Actually, I think it is about the capacity to control and express oneself and handle interpersonal relationships with ease, Am I right? I think so. Therefore, I would love to hear your answer to…

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Can’t Decide? Yes, No, Maybe? Here’s What To Do

By Sylvia Lafair | March 6, 2021 |

How to decide what to decide. Do you get all tangled up inside when you have to make a big decision? Or even a small one? For instance, “The tie comes in blue, red or leopard print. Which do I get?” Another example, “Is hotel A or B best for our summer vacation? Wait, what…

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Conflict Competence: The Answer to Your Stress

By Sylvia Lafair | February 25, 2021 |

Stressed out? Conflict competence is the solution. Read on to learn more… Dear Dr Sylvia,   I have a question. I need more than just a simple answer.  Therefore, what I am asking for is a solution.  Further, I need an action plan.  As a result, if you can do that, I will follow you forever.  To clarify, let me say,…

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3 Mental Health Methods Proven to Master Conflict

By Sylvia Lafair | February 24, 2021 |

Become conflict competent. Yes…even if you argue and complain, you can learn to stop excessive upset. Become a conflict-competent leader. Here’s how to do it. Dear Dr. Sylvia,  My mental health is going down the drain. Consequently, I become nasty. Yes, I even scare myself of how I act, much of the time. As a…

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Leadership Strategies: When is it better to make waves and say NO?

By Sylvia Lafair | October 9, 2020 |

Summary: Saying NO often causes extreme stress. It is one of the essential words in any language. Here are practical communication skills that keep you strong when NO is the correct response. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I have so much trouble saying no. I don’t like to upset the apple cart, rock the boat, be unpopular.…

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Can You Detox a Terrible Situation at Work?

By Sylvia Lafair | August 5, 2020 |

Summary: When teams divide into “for” and “against” camps, work suffers. Here is a suggestion to have team collaboration and more productivity. Without collaboration there is limited creativity and lower productivity. Dear Dr. Sylvia, The past months have been like living in an extra awful, super-hot hell. I know I shouldn’t complain because my staff…

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How to See Your Emotional Blind Spots

By Sylvia Lafair | July 22, 2020 |

Summary: Do you want to be able to see what you can’t see? There are ways to make the invisible visible. Keep reading. What can you do to make positive changes when you cannot see what is wrong? That is to say, can you use a magnifying glass or an x-ray machine to help? Above…

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The Courage to Change: Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement

By Sylvia Lafair | June 10, 2020 |

Summary: Diversity and inclusion are now the norms rather than the exceptions. The big question is: “What can be done to heal the chasm of discontent that exists in most workplaces, in fact, around the world, regarding differences? Here are thoughts to ponder. We need a new way to approach diversity and inclusion. “What’s the…

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Leadership Skills: It’s Time To STOP Being a Pleaser

By Sylvia Lafair | June 1, 2020 |

Summary: Why is it hard for so many to say NO? If it means people are upset with you, what can you do? Here are some ideas to stay calm and not be derailed by your insecurities. Dear Dr. Sylvia, Many of my executives complain that they are exhausted and feel overwhelmed because they can’t…

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