The Cost of Gun Violence: Educators and Health Professionals Must Examine the Devastating Impact on Those Who Survive

By Sylvia Lafair | March 27, 2023

Summary: Gun violence in America has become a vicious cycle perpetuating from generation to generation. It’s time to go “upriver” to solve this crisis. Educators and health professionals are the first lines of defense. Dear Dr. Sylvia, Yet again! Another shooting at a school. More dead, children and adults. What are we missing? The issue…

Does It Take Courage to Change? Absolutely!

By Sylvia Lafair | March 22, 2023

Summary: Today, I tell a true story about one man’s quest to find his most profound truth and what it means to be vulnerable at work. Equally important is what this meant to his team. Here is how it started. HR called The SVP of marketing of a flourishing organization for a meeting. There were…

What Educators, Health Providers, Entrepreneurs Must Know About Change Management Initiatives

By Sylvia Lafair | March 15, 2023

Summary: Change is stressful. Yet, knowing how to manage it is foundational for leadership growth and development. All leaders, in health care, education, and entrepreneurs must help the rest of the organization make friends with change. As we say — give change a chance. Do you worry when change is right in front of you?…

Here’s What to Do About the Stress of Constant Change

By Sylvia Lafair | March 8, 2023

Summary:  Change is happening at an escalated pace. The stress of constant change makes it the #1 health concern worldwide. Here’s what you need to know to keep from falling down the rabbit hole of anxiety and depression. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I read that the primary sources of social change include population growth, climate change,…

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Here’s What It Takes To Become Conflict Competent

By Sylvia Lafair | March 1, 2023

Summary: How much time do you spend angry and upset with your colleagues, friends, or family? It’s time to learn the skills of being conflict competent. That means you have the right communication system to speak and be heard. More than that, you lead others to solutions that benefit all. Dear Dr. Sylvia, Everyone seems…

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Salon Speak: Small Talk, Deep Talk, or No Talk, Which is Best?

By Sylvia Lafair | February 27, 2023

Summary: Every time a client sits in your chair and faces the mirror with you standing behind, a choice occurs. Chat, joke, get personal, or “let it be.” How do you know what the best idea is? First, think about what you, the stylist, prefer when it’s your turn to sit in the chair rather…

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How to Banish the GOTCHA GAME at Work

By Sylvia Lafair | February 22, 2023

Summary: Love it or hate it; it won’t go away. Not those extra 10 pounds! I’m talking about conflict. Those annoying times when you are at odds with someone when you are pissed off with a client, supplier, staff, or even your best friend. Dear Dr. Sylvia, Is it me? Or is the world becoming…

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Here’s How Educators Can Stop Excessive Conflict in Schools

By Sylvia Lafair | February 20, 2023

Summary: In every work setting, especially in schools, there is a time when individuals throw up their hands and ask, “Why can’t we all just get along!” Here are tools and techniques that answer this question and create a more efficient, collaborative culture for educators. Dear Dr. Sylvia. Why does conflict run rampant in today’s…

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During Layoffs Here’s How Leaders Can Be “Pattern Pioneers” For Long-Term Success

By Sylvia Lafair | February 15, 2023

Summary: Pioneers are typically free-thinking, adventurous, spontaneous, and highly creative. Leaders who sort out the difference between a work problem and an ongoing work pattern can lead their companies to long-term success. Dear Dr. Sylvia, My organization is going through the pain of layoffs. I know we are not alone here. However, that does not lessen…

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Give the Gift of a Healthy Laugh This Valentine’s Day

By Sylvia Lafair | February 13, 2023

Summary: Roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards have always been the standards to express love for someone special. Here’s a way that is inexpensive and has a lasting impact. Want to give your honey a great gift for Valentine’s Day? One that is virtually cost-free and has a super health benefit? At the same time, it’s…

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What Smart Leaders Learn From The Super Bowl

By Sylvia Lafair | February 10, 2023

Summary: Watching the Super Bowl, cheerin’g for your favorite team, snacking, and connecting with friends can be fun. Also, pay attention to what you learn even if you never have to tackle an opponent to the ground. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I know it is popular to have a business coach these days. That, so they…

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Peace Tools NOT Pistols: In Honor of Tyre Nichols, (1993-2023)

By Sylvia Lafair | February 3, 2023

Summary: Is there such a thing as a “peace tool?” Read on and see how you can help turn the tide of our divided world. No matter your physical, economic, or intellectual status, there is room for you to participate. Peace tools are waiting for you to claim them. Dear All, Tyre Nichols was killed…