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Leadership Tips: Here are 2 Words To Avoid At Work, at Home, and Everywhere

By Sylvia Lafair | February 1, 2023

Summary: Words are powerful. Some can lead you to success. Others will get in the way and keep you stuck in old, outdated behavior patterns. Be careful of the two vital words discussed here. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I resolved to communicate more effectively this year. Time is moving quickly, and I still feel I will…

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Leadership Lessons: Telling the Truth Is NOT Spilling Your GUTS

By Sylvia Lafair | January 24, 2023

Summary: Truth and freedom are roommates who depend on each other to help us live fully engaged and positive lives. Here are ways to investigate the power of truth. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I recently read excerpts from “The Spare “by Prince Harry, and all I could think of was a line from Stephen Sondheim’s powerful…

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Leadership Lessons: What Matters When You Tell The Truth

By Sylvia Lafair | January 19, 2023

Summary: In this era of social media excess, where everyone can offer their version of what is truth without fact-checking, it’s time for critical thinking to stop the dysfunction of speaking without considering the consequences of our words. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I have a question for you. Question: How many business coaches does it take…

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Influential Leaders Practice Safe Stress

By Sylvia Lafair | January 13, 2023

Summary: The beginning of each new year offers unique possibilities for growth and health. At the core, it is mostly about attitude. Here are some tips on navigating your world to make it special. Dear Dr. Sylvia, The new year has not been friendly to me. To clarify, I live in what used to be…

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How to Leap into the New Year and Let Your Dreams Take Flight

By Sylvia Lafair | December 27, 2022

Summary: This is a great time to think about how you want to advance your career and your relationships. Go ahead, take a leap of faith. Here’s what to do.  Dear ….  Did you know that at least 50% of adults make new year’s resolutions?  Mostly they are about more exercise, less weight, healthier eating,…

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Here Are Two Short Questions to Ask Yourself During the Holidays

By Sylvia Lafair | December 20, 2022

Summary: Life is like a sandwich. Endings and beginnings are like the top and bottom pieces of bread; the rest is considered the sandwich filling.  Dear ….  The holidays are known as a time of fun, festivities, and fascinating happenings.   It is also a time to reflect and plan for the new year.  With all…

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The Future of Work Means Choosing Dialogue Over Debate. Here’s What To Consider.

By Sylvia Lafair | December 14, 2022

Summary: We are in new territory in the world of work. It’s time to take advantage of the opportunities gained by collaborating rather than condemning.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  I am having a retreat with my senior staff to discuss the future of work.  I know you believe in leadership programs for everyone.  I’m not sure…

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What Educators Face as The World Changes and Helpful Solutions

By Sylvia Lafair | December 12, 2022

Summary: We are in new territory post-pandemic, and the education system needs an upgrade, or we will keep losing dedicated educators. Here’s what to do. With a radical idea at the end of this post. If you’re a classroom teacher feeling the pressure of your job, I can help you identify the signs of teacher…

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Time to Talk Truth to Power: Here’s What To Do

By Sylvia Lafair | December 7, 2022

Summary: Learn how to speak up and be heard by someone in power. The “Four B’s” make it a slam dunk every time. Dear Dr. Sylvia, Did you ever think there would be a big push to consider employees’ mental health at work? Don’t get me wrong. I know it is essential to bring, as…

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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,…

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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…

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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…