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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Handle Stress Under Pressure

By Sylvia Lafair | April 8, 2020 |

Hi everybody! So, gala fair here, and I have a few tips about handling stress. Every call I get, every email I get, every text I get has something about stress, overwhelmed stress. How to handle stress, hating stress and then I’ll ask this question, are you in distress or you stress? And they think…

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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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How Great Leaders Tackle Anxiety and Overwhelm

By Sylvia Lafair | March 12, 2020 |

So many people these days are asking me what do we do with the anxiety. I’m feeling stuff I haven’t created. It’s out there, but I’ve got to handle it and we all all of us really need to know how to handle it. So, think about this, you’re taking a walk in the woods…

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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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Leaders and Rebels

By Sylvia Lafair | March 6, 2020 |

Today we’re going to look at why we get so stuck when things keep repeating and repeating. It’s the old quote by Einstein, “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” And that’s the truth. Ain’t it the truth? So, we’re going to look at how in relationships…

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How Is Good Work Measured in Most Organizations Today?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 4, 2020 |

How is good work measured in most organizations today? It’s no longer about longevity and loyalty. It’s no longer about being first one in the office and last one out (to show how hard you work). It’s not enough to say ‘yes’ to each and every project, no matter how overwhelmed you become. What should…

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