Emotional Flexibility in This Time of Constant Change 

By Sylvia Lafair | March 29, 2022

Summary: The more adept you are in being emotionally flexible, the more adaptable you can be in your leadership role.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  This one is personal. I had a very difficult situation occur with my stepdaughter and she wants to break all ties with me.  I know from reading your books that you suggest…

The Three Areas of Adaptability for Today’s Complex World 

By Sylvia Lafair | March 22, 2022

Summary: The saying “adapt or die” sounds stark and scary. However, it is a truth that we all need to consider as we explore what it means to be adaptable.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  My staff is driving me nuts. I know I created a giant, hairy monster by giving them a say in when everyone…

Here’s How to Erase the Obstacles to Change and Adaptability

By Sylvia Lafair | March 15, 2022

Summary: Change is coming faster than ever before. The whole world seems out of control. While change is unsettling, the process of adapting from now to new is vital for future success. Here are some methods to move forward.  Dear Dr. Sylvia,  I keep vacillating from denying my negative emotions, staying positive, and stating that…

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What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed and Frustrated

By Sylvia Lafair | March 8, 2022

Summary: If you have ever felt overwhelmed and frustrated, you’ll relate to what my coaching client said. When you feel overwhelmed mistakes will happen. Dear Dr. Sylvia, “I had a fender bender on the way to work because I was late and rushing; I tripped going on the up escalator. (Who the heck ever stumbles…

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Are Self-serving Narcissists More Prevalent Now?

By Sylvia Lafair | March 1, 2022

Summary: Everywhere you look, people are taking sides at the expense of how their behavior impacts those around them. You best be careful, and please don’t feed the narcissist beast. Here are the signs. Dear Dr. Sylvia, I did it again! Yup, seduced by a fast-talking marketing gal. I signed up for an expensive program…

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Leadership SOS: How Can We Release The Pattern Repetition of Divide and Conquer Sweeping the World?

By Sylvia Lafair | February 22, 2022

Summary: How do we, as leaders, work with the constant behavior patterns of hate and division now sweeping the world. Here are some thoughts, especially about the younger generations. I received this email today, and it took me back to a video I posted in 2020 after the George Floyd situation. The video I made…

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Leadership Lesson: Careful, The Art and Craft of Seduction is Everywhere

By Sylvia Lafair | February 15, 2022

Summary: It’s easy to be flattered. The big question is, how do you respond to all the bells and whistles coming your way? Here’s what to know, so you don’t get scammed. These days everyone is talking about the newest hits on Netflix. One is a charming male who seduces unsuspecting females (watch The Tinder…

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Valentine Gift: Give Stress the Day Off

By Sylvia Lafair | February 8, 2022

Summary: Red roses, dark chocolate, or a shiny new car are great gifts for the special day to celebrate love. However, if you give stress the day off, you give the best gift, you being fully present. That’s the best present of all. Even on the best of days, stress can prevent you from being…

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The NOT SEE Movement, And Critical Thinking: What You Need To Know

By Sylvia Lafair | February 2, 2022

Summary: How can leaders respond to the newest round of books banned in schools? What questions can we ask and what happens next? I received an email that sent me into a tailspin. It’s about what children are learning in school. More importantly, it’s about what they are not learning. Here is the email and…

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Tea with Thay: Traveling in China with Thich Nhat Hanh 

By Sylvia Lafair | January 25, 2022

Summary: In June 2000 I was able to participate in the “trip of a lifetime.” Here are some thought about what I learned being with this esteemed teacher about the deeper meaning of transformational leadership. Thay (which means teacher in Vietnamese) “became part of everything” on January 22, 2022.  He holds the small porcelain cup in both hands. He lifts it slowly, so very…

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How Your Survival Brain Shifts to Success

By Sylvia Lafair | January 18, 2022

Summary: All leaders must learn to manage stress through self-awareness. Here’s what you need to know. Did you know you can see and hear signs of stress? The part you can see you express through your body. Think about hands clenched in a fist or lips pulled together in a frown. In addition, the tone…

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Overwhelmed? We All Are!

By Sylvia Lafair | January 11, 2022

Summary: What do you do when plans are derailed and there is no light at the end of the tunnel? Here’s what to do with feeling overwhelmed. Did you ever want to lash out at someone and instead yell at your ever-faithful dog? Or, make nasty comments to your indoor plants for demanding attention. as…