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3 Fundamental Needs For Happiness To Start The New Year

By Sylvia Lafair | December 21, 2016

There are three fundamental needs we all have that seem to sparkle more during the holidays and end of year, than at any other time. Check over the list and see where you will want to put your energies to grow and learn in the next year, which is right around the corner. The first…

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When Is Enough…Enough

By Sylvia Lafair | November 28, 2016

This time of year, prepares us to ask “What really matters?” It’s a tradition to give gratitude as we sit around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Often what we say slips off our tongues without thinking about it. Yes, we’re thankful for our families, our health, a meal to fill our bellies, the team we root…

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Standing Rock is Rocking Our World

By Sylvia Lafair | November 28, 2016

The growing focus on Standing Rock Reservation and the issues surrounding water, oil, human rights, and earth rights brought up a memory from several years ago. The morning after the sweat lodge we sat in a circle for our farewell ceremony. Bleary eyed in the predawn cold, something looked and felt different. Was it just me?…

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What Do Elections, Families And Frankenstein Have In Common?

By Sylvia Lafair | November 7, 2016 “Whoever goes to the White House will bring along many others with their personal baggage.” This was a recent post on Twitter. There was no claim to who would win the election or who they would bring with them. Just a less than 140-characters of information, to think about. I thought about how this most…

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Spotting The Big Difference Between Charming and Sincere

By Sylvia Lafair | October 2, 2016

We live in a time of sizzle and dazzle, quips and giggles. It’s not a time to do deep dives into any subject. How do I know? I’ve fool-hardheartedly been following the Presidential election soaps on television and twitter. I’ve been wondering why and when we turned from substance to slander and superficiality. I want…

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How Todays Trinity of Extremes Affects Us All

By Sylvia Lafair | September 26, 2016

Yes, we live in a fast paced world. Yes, we are often at tipping points of stress. Yes, we can do better. “We are all in it together and no one wins unless we all do.” This mantra sounds good, however, for most of us it sounds naïve. Sometimes the world seems to be spinning…

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Magic Moments Best When Unexpected

By Sylvia Lafair | August 30, 2016

Got on the bus. Waited. Got on another bus. Waited even longer. Had a bad feeling this paid in advance tour was going to disappoint. And it did. Almost. Tours to that revered site in Rome, the Vatican are expensive and seemingly necessary. Otherwise the lines can be hours long. The Vatican is a must…

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Big Decisions, Little Decisions: Which Are More Important?

By Sylvia Lafair | August 23, 2016

The quality of your life, personally and professionally, is based on how you make decisions. There is the old way and the new way: hint, the new way is actually older than the old way. The indigenous cultures all knew and still know that everything is connected. Somewhere along the way as we became “sophisticated…

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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

By Sylvia Lafair | August 3, 2016

I hear this plaintive cry from executives and middle managers all the time. I hear it from superintendents to elementary school teachers for at least ten months out of the year. Getting along is what we all want. Right? So, why does it seem almost impossible to get through even a few days without feeling…

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Clear The Past To Free The Future: Life Stories Spoken Out Loud Heal Wounds From Our Unresolved Racial War

By Sylvia Lafair | July 13, 2016

Charles sat down and wiped the perspiration from his forehead. He looked at the fifteen others in the room. He could not decide if he felt relieved or embarrassed. That was it. Finally, John broke the silence by saying quietly, “We are truly sorry. Thank you for your honesty and openness.” There was nothing more…

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What Courage Looks Like

By Sylvia Lafair | June 20, 2016

Twice a year we do a program for leaders and emerging leaders. It is a four session program spread over five months. Each time I include clips of leaders who have and continue to make a difference in our world. There are a few staples, like Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln. We choose from a…

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The Downside Of Growing Your Organizational Culture

By Sylvia Lafair | May 12, 2016

I was sitting having a quick dinner in Manhattan with some colleagues. The place was packed and the noise level high. Just a typical 6:30 p.m. time of workplace decompressing, after one of those typical rush and get it done days. At the table to the left we heard “No one should be forced to…