Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  1. Jim Carey 2016 Golden Globes

    The Power of Film and Film Stars: Thank You Jim Carrey and Leonardo di Caprio

    I sat through the Golden Globe Awards hoping to see and hear something that would stay with me emotionally. With all the sixth grade humor about butt holes, alcohol and sexual innuendos I was able to multitask and get some work done on my new book, “Every Word Counts.” I kept thinking “When did we lose the elegance of wanting to elevate and help people grow?” Toward the end of this fluffy…Read More

  2. Leadership and Change: Ready on a Moment’s Notice

    I must really be getting old! I remember when tornadoes were only meant to happen in Kansas. In past years most of us watched "The Wizard of Oz" and went along with Dorothy on her journey, yet it was just a story, right? While tornadoes indicate sudden change and danger they were "out there" in pockets of the country. They were meant to be in Kansas, not Connecticut. Well, not until this week anyw…Read More

  3. Tillit and Other Palindromes

      Got your attention?  I hope so. The palindrome for you to watch is an important reminder that when we look with new eyes, the context of the world changes in the blink of our eyes. Read it forwards and then read the same words backwards and see what changes occur inside you.   First, an example: "Tillit" is a Swedish word that means the same thing reading it forwards and backwards. It means …Read More

  4. Cultural Sensitivity

      As I was writing my Elegant Leadership blog about the poor choice of language from Michael Steele, of the Republican Party, I was reminded of a powerful scenario from a Leadership in Action program I led years ago.   There was a group of 24 business people from various organizations who gathered together for a week to understand leadership capabilities from an experiential perspective.   My h…Read More

  5. Elegant Leadership

      I am so delighted to introduce you to my new blog “Elegant Leadership” that will be posted at http://blog.ceoptions.com/ after the New Year. Since I love to write I will have a more personal blog at www.sylvialafair.com to include thoughts and ideas about relationships, health, and education, as well as business.   Elegant Leadership will include all my newest research concerning leadershi…Read More

  6. The Tiger and the Truth

      Lots of buzz about Tiger Woods and a party girl is coming to the surface after the car crash on Thanksgiving. What does it mean to you and to me? Does it really matter if he is having an affair? Does it matter that he won’t talk to the police? Does it matter that Nike is standing by their guy?    All of this will swirl for a week or two and then fall into that mysterious void where old stor…Read More

  7. When We Help

    I asked folks to send in stories about those who have helped them personally or who they have encountered who make a difference. Here is a powerful one from Katherine Matson who is a participant in our "Total Leadership Connections Program". Katherine is a skilled technology expert who spent years at IBM. She is also an individual who cares about making the world a better place and developing mod…Read More

  8. Leadership Strategies: Preventing Burnout

    Every leadership development program should have a module on burnout; how to avoid it and what to do when yikes, too late, it’s right there in front of you. Burnout is one of the leading causes of conflict in the workplace. When you are exhausted even the softest squeaky wheel will set your teeth on edge. Burnout causes you to be irritable, unfocused, and less willing to hear others. In a great…Read More

  9. Are Women Really So Unhappy?

    Last week there was an article in BNET discussing why women are so unhappy. Many good points were covered; yet, that is not what I want to write about today. I have been fascinated by the number (almost 150) by count on Sunday of responses to this article. Most of the reactions were from women, and an occasional man who also put his thoughts in the commentary section. I began to look for the patte…Read More

  10. Obama and Deep Thinking

    What does it mean for the world that President Obama is receiving the Nobel Peace prize? Maybe, just maybe it means we are in a turn the corner place for deeper thinking. Maybe, just maybe, we can find ways to care about each other rather than continue to set up polarizing, frozen perspectives. My curiosity is peeked. How will the Rush Limbaugh types of the world respond to this news? I expect wit…Read More

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