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Upgrade Your Soft Skills; Needed Now More Than Ever

By Sylvia Lafair | November 30, 2022

Summary: The rules of the game of work are changing. We are in the middle of a behavior reframe. Social media teaches us that “if you think it, you should say it,” regardless of consequences. Not true! Here is a better way. Dear Dr. Sylvia, Holiday time is upon us at full speed. For example,…

Is Holiday Pressure High? Science Suggests A Coffee Break And Then Do This

By Sylvia Lafair | November 23, 2022

Summary: Fourth quarter is looming in front of you—bonuses at work, gifts for family and friends at home, — overthinking everything. The benefits of putting your career on hold, even for a brief time, are essential. It’s equally important to do something positive. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I don’t have time to stop. Even taking time…

Leadership Lessons: How Professionals Use The Stories You Tell Yourselves for Success

By Sylvia Lafair | November 21, 2022

Summary: When stress hits the hot button, there is often a downward spiral. What you say to yourself causes stress to spike even more. Here’s what to do to prevent a meltdown. Every career has its struggles. We all know that! However, when the negative outweighs the positive, it becomes a trap. What kind of…

Leadership Lessons: What Do Super Achievers, Rebels, and Leaders Need to Change?

By Sylvia Lafair | November 16, 2022

Summary: The way OUT of constant conflict is to help your employees learn leadership skills for now and into the future. Systems thinking and releasing outdated behavior patterns are vital for success. Dear Dr. Sylvia, The economy is making everyone cringe, quiver, twitch, and worry. There are more constant conflicts with my staff than ever…

Guess Which 3 Professions Top The Extreme Stress Scale? (Hint: Lawyers are #2).

By Sylvia Lafair | November 14, 2022

Summary: The pandemic showed us where weak spots cause extreme stress and burnout. Here is what to do to recharge your batteries and have less stress. You and I know everyone has a rough day or two or three. That’s when you tell yourself it’s time to take a break, eat a favorite food, and…

Leadership Lessons: How to Overcome Emotional Blind Spots

By Sylvia Lafair | November 9, 2022

Summary: Everyone has them. You cannot see them, yet, they are part of your life and can destroy a career (or marriage) if left untended. Here’s help tackling this evasive, confusing area. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I had a BIG wake-up call last week. Now, I’m finally ready to talk about it. It is one of…

Survival Skills for Attorneys to Bypass Burnout

By Sylvia Lafair | November 7, 2022

Summary: All careers have to deal with stress and impending burnout. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here is what attorneys can do to stay positive and healthy. Have you ever complained about feeling burned out? Or has the word overwhelmed become an integral part of your vocabulary? I am not talking about feeling…

Stress Management and Leadership Programs Should Begin in School, Here’s Why.

By Sylvia Lafair | November 2, 2022

Summary: Instead of respecting differences, we create more division. Here are thoughts on how to create “a perfect union”. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I was at a college football game recently and was hopping mad at the behavior of privileged young adults shouting slurs at the opposing team. It seems like the lack of civility is…

How Witches, Halloween, and Stress Can Make You Feel Crazy

By Sylvia Lafair | October 27, 2022

Summary: The reasons for fear and the decision to either speak out or shut up started long ago. If you ever wonder why so many women are bothered by self-doubt and afraid to speak out, keep reading. Here are some ideas that may surprise you. Men, as well as women, please pay attention. Dear Dr.…

The Secret to Manage Stress at Salons During Challenging Times

By Sylvia Lafair | October 24, 2022

Summary: Stress on the job is at an all-time high. There is also good news: stress management programs highlight ways to keep employees and clients happy. Here’s how. Did you know that the beauty industry, including salon professionals, has a high level of job satisfaction? That’s great. It cannot be said for too many businesses…

Ouch: Taking the Sting from Conflict at Work

By Sylvia Lafair | October 20, 2022

Summary: Workplace conflict is a BIG problem that won’t go away. Most executives and entrepreneurs I coach first worry about $$$$ issues and then quickly think about their employees. Here are thoughts about what may keep you up at night and what to do differently. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I find that whether my company finally…

What Do Hair Stylists, Dentists, and Therapists Have in Common?

By Sylvia Lafair | October 18, 2022

Summary: Where does “help others feel good about themselves” fit into your career? Here’s what science says matters most in stress management programs. Here’s the story that was told to me: Meet exhausted Johnathan. The virus was turbulent, and Jonathan and Suzie, his wife, were at their wit’s end. Their six-month-old son was up-all-night crying.…

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