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How to Untangle a Nasty Feud at Work

By Sylvia Lafair | May 17, 2018

Power struggles are the essence of great theater (think Hamilton). Yet, if the backstabbing is not squelched, the damage is deadly. Read about Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr and their duel. Or better yet, beg, borrow or steal (well, not the latter) and get tickets to see this brilliant play that is basically about office politics…

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Leadership Strategies: How to be confident

By Sylvia Lafair | May 15, 2018

How to be confident instead of strong-willed and stubborn so you can get unstuck at work. I received the following email that got me thinking about how complex it is to be confident when you feel you’ve been blind-sided. Here’s what was said…. “I had my performance review last week and it was awful. When…

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Being Pushy is Good For You, Here’s Why…

By Sylvia Lafair | May 10, 2018

What if you’ve gone too far in your comments about someone? What if you’ve been called out for being excessive in challenging others in a meeting? What if you have been shunned after you mocked a colleague? Our world of extremes is starting to backfire. Don’t get caught in the tidal wave of seeing how…

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Leadership strategies: How to look at your decision making

By Sylvia Lafair | May 8, 2018

You as a leader must think about and understand how to look at your decision making… Leadership today relies on astute decision making. Life moves so fast there’s little room left for mistakes.   How much time have you spent really, I mean really, looking at how you make decisions? Here’s a clue to why so…

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How to Ease Conflict by Knowing the Difference Between Facts and Emotions

By Sylvia Lafair | May 7, 2018

Facts are married to emotion. As a leader, it’s your job to ask the right questions that lead to what the key issues are. The natural tendency for most people is to deflect the real reasons for hurt and feeling discounted. It’s the emotions that will resolve the conflict, not just the facts. Here’s what happens in…

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5 Ways You Can Ask For Help Without Appearing Helpless

By Sylvia Lafair | May 3, 2018

Are you the kind of guy who relies on willpower to get the job done? If you are an entrepreneur, the most likely answer is, “yes.” The big question is, why is it so hard for most males to be vulnerable? What gets in the way of asking for help? And, an even bigger question…

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Communication is Complex: Help! BUT They Always Said The Right Thing

By Sylvia Lafair | May 2, 2018

Communication is complex, especially when meeting face to face.  That’s when you need to stay alert and take a deeper look at how they are talking with you.  In this post, I cover 3 ways to step back and really look at what is being said and 3 ways to check your assumptions so you…

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How Women Can Change The Way Men Think

By Sylvia Lafair | April 30, 2018

Oprah just had a Wonder Woman-themed party for 28 ten-year old girls. It came with all the glitz and glitter associated with the recent blockbuster film that is causing all the buzz these days. There was a cake, indestructible bracelets, even flip flops to wear when fighting evil. Wonder Woman has been around since 1941,…

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4 Ways You Can Check Your Competency

By Sylvia Lafair | April 26, 2018

Did you know that at least 80% of business leaders think they have above-average abilities? Most score themselves higher than their peers or direct reports do on feedback questionnaires. That leads to one of the biggest issues in today’s business climate. The tendency is to focus on strength-based perspectives and put weaknesses on the back…

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5 Simple and Effective Communication Techniques to Get Attention

By Sylvia Lafair | April 24, 2018

Communication is an essential skill that all leaders must master.  In this article, I uncover 5 simple and effective communication techniques that can help you as a leader to capture the attention of your team or anyone you come into contact with. What is your preferred way of communicating? Without ever meeting you I can guess…

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How to Use The Chemistry of Success to Your Advantage

By Sylvia Lafair | April 23, 2018

When everything seems to be tumbling down at a rate you cant control what do you do? When the demands become so great you feel like even a feather put on top of your tasks will break you, what is your next step? Here’s what happens when the stress hormones take charge. Learn to befriend them…

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Leadership Lessons from Top Leaders

By Sylvia Lafair | April 19, 2018

As children, we look at our parents and teachers to understand life. Sometimes the advice we get is really good. Other times, we must do a full turn around and get on another, more positive path. Learning from the best and following in their footsteps, is another vastly productive way of moving from good to…