Leadership Strategies

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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How To Have A Difficult Conversation Productively

By Sylvia Lafair | February 5, 2020 |

Who do you think has the hardest time with feedback? Is it the giver or the receiver? In most leadership development programs the focus is on how the giver, the leader discusses feedback with the receiver, the employee. The team leader comes into the meeting armed with a pre-thought-out performance review, feedback from others on…

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Get the BUT Out of Your YES

By Sylvia Lafair | January 29, 2020 |

Do you ever get frustrated with petty conflicts at work? You’re not alone. A whopping 93% of workers report being affected in a negative manner by conflict.  The other variable is the length of time consumed by on-going, unresolved conflict.  Even worse is the fact that litigation for workplace harassment and hostile work environments has…

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How to Understand People…At Least Some of the Time

By Sylvia Lafair | January 22, 2020 |

Learning how to understand people especially when you are ready to make a quick decision is an important skill. How many times have you looked at a boss, colleague or direct report and said to yourself, “Why did they do that?” And this was said with frustration and even dismay. Were you curious to find…

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Time to Upgrade Your Communication Skills

By Sylvia Lafair | January 15, 2020 |

Time to get your communication skills upgraded. Let’s start with a quiz. What are the two most annoying words that we all misuse?  Don’t cheat and look at the end of this. Just keep reading. It will make more sense that way. Here’s the story Carol told me about a situation at work. It locked…

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Time for New Resolutions

By Sylvia Lafair | December 30, 2019 |

It’s that time for new resolutions. Right? You know, the ones that usually become old in a week and absolutely stale by the end of the month. “Change,” I hear you say, “change is tough.” And it is.   EXCEPT There is one new resolution you can make that will reap tons and tons of rewards.…

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What’s the best present you received?

By Sylvia Lafair | December 23, 2019 |

What is the best present you received this year? I mean, the very best. Is it something you requested or did someone simply make a great guess, and voila, there it is in front of you? And what is the best gift you gave to yourself? Think about the following the next time you are…

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What to do when life seems out of balance

By Sylvia Lafair | December 18, 2019 |

Everyone is telling me this year has more stress and strain than in the past? You agree? “Why,” people are asking, “is life so much more out of balance now?” I must admit, I’m not sure. However, I have a hunch that all the social media stuff is really making us kinda crazy. I was…

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