Leadership Styles

Telling the Truth: Not for Wimps

By Sylvia Lafair | November 30, 2021 |

Summary: Why is telling the truth so darn hard? Why is it even worse to speak truth to power? It’s about the words and especially about the timing. Here are some ways to make truth-telling more effective. So much information, so much confusion. Who do you believe?  Which media outlets are pushing out fake news…

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What to do when you feel overwhelmed

By Sylvia Lafair | November 2, 2021 |

Summary: What do you keep telling yourself when you have no more bandwidth to do one more thing? Overwhelmed is how most business people feel these days. Here are some ideas to help you find a way to be reinvigorated. Dear Dr. Sylvia, Everything right now seems to make my staff (including me) tense and…

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GUTSY Women, Witches, and Halloween

By Sylvia Lafair | October 26, 2021 |

Summary: Do you ever wonder why so many women are bothered by self-doubt and afraid to speak out? Here are some reasons that may surprise you. Women, as well as men, please pay attention. I found some fascinating information when researching my book “GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change,” I found some fascinating information. More…

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Leadership in Times of Stress and Change

By Sylvia Lafair | June 8, 2021 |

Do you, as a leader, work under intense pressure? My guess is, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Here’s what to do. Leadership need a clear vision to not collide with stress For example, can you keep your employees aligned on vision, mission, and results? Or is conflict higher than ever? To clarify, what happens…

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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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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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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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Are you an avoider or initiator at work?

By Sylvia Lafair | February 7, 2020 |

Are you (or someone you know) an avoider?  You know…when there is conflict, contention, carrying-on in a nasty way that doesn’t stop, do you ever think “I gotta get outta here?” We all have that feeling at some time. However, when it happens over and over it’s a powerful behavior pattern…the avoider. Avoiders often grew…

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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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