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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Talking TRUTH to POWER

By Sylvia Lafair | February 13, 2020 |

Hi everyone! Today, we’re going to talk about a subject that most of us hate. Talking truth to power and you say, “What’s the big deal?” It’s just words coming out of your mouth, going into somebody else’s ear and brain, and then they say, “Words coming back at you.” Well, it’s about security survival.…

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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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The Heart of The Matter: Honoring The Teachings of Ram Dass

By Sylvia Lafair | December 24, 2019 |

Today I’m talking to you about: Getting To The Heart of The Matter: Honoring The Teachings of Ram Dass. This master teacher showed us how the road to success can be sprinkled with delight: * How to handle overwhelm* How to master self doubt* How to silence the inner critic With deep respect for this…

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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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How to get yourself out of overwhelm

By Sylvia Lafair | December 11, 2019 |

How to get yourself out of overwhelm seems to be a recurring theme right now.  One of my clients put it this way “I came home from work and kicked the dog.”   Then, at least 7 other clients texted me this week with concerns that were variations on the ‘kick the dog’ theme.  They were all about the conundrum (what…

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Is it Really the Season of Joy and Fun?

By Sylvia Lafair | December 4, 2019 |

It’s officially the season of joy and fun…Or is it? We are programmed to be happy, merry, and filled with love and appreciation.  So, why are there so many who have inherited a black cloud filled with rain or snow that clings no matter what? If so, you are not alone.  Make you feel better? It’s good…

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Time for a Change?

By Sylvia Lafair | November 13, 2019 |

Time for a change? Not quite ready?  Does life feel confining?  Spinning your wheels?  That’s what I’m hearing from so many clients these days. Complaints range from climate change to politics, to getting ready for the holidays. Everyone seems just a bit more on edge than only a few months ago when the longer days of summer…

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Are you a Unicorn Leader?

By Sylvia Lafair | November 4, 2019 |

I have been asked this question a lot lately…how do you know if you are a Unicorn leader?  It’s kind of the in thing right now. Let me share this email I recently received. See if you can relate.  Dear Sylvia,  I am in a position where a fabulous job just opened at my company…

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Can people with high emotional intelligence still be assholes?

By Sylvia Lafair | October 29, 2019 |

Here’s a question that comes up way too often. Before I state the question let me set the context.  Do you believe the leaders at your organization are good and positive people? Can you talk with your team and feel there is mutual respect? Have you ever been bullied by a brilliant boss?   Now the question: Can people with high emotional…

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