Puzzle Pieces

Since most of us prefer information to be fast and direct, here is the missing puzzle piece right up front: what happened in our original organization, the family, goes with us to work…whether we like it or not. When I stumbled on this counter-intuitive nugget of knowledge it changed the direction of my career to work exclusively with businesses to rethink the causes of stress related issues and…Read More

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How do you get year-end work done, prepare for family gatherings and stay in a happy mood when all you want to do in the morning is pull the covers over your head? That’s a question I get asked starting the day after Halloween non-stop till New Year’s Eve becomes a dull memory in early January. Why is there so much stress and frustration during this time of tinsel and mistletoe? Is it that w…Read More

Dear Dr. Sylvia, I read your post yesterday in Examiner.com about anger and by the time I was finished I was sad and depressed. You see, I have come to realize I have a problem with saying way more than is necessary when I get upset. At work they even sent me to an anger management class after I slammed my computer shut and stormed out saying I would probably never come back. EXCEPT I am a highly…Read More

Time magazine May issue started a major brouhaha that is hopefully the beginning of a great dialogue about what it means to be a parent and what children really want and need. For me, the photo of the mother and three year old son at his mother’s breast brought up the controversy from decades ago about nursing moms. I was a “thoroughly modern Millie” who, along with most of my peers, saw nur…Read More

Maybe, just maybe the era of anything goes is ending. Maybe, just maybe the guy with the loud mouth and no couth will be put out to pasture. It’s about time.   I have listened to Mr. Limbaugh, on occasion, to understand his appeal. I have always turned him off with a sense of deep sadness. Oh sure, he has made millions. However, inside that large frame is a tortured little child who is scre…Read More

Hey girl, you know it is your time, so don’t waste any of it. Understanding your patterns is key to unlocking your potential. Here is what you need to know about patterns and then the ball is in your court to make change happen. Patterns are behaviors that you repeat and repeat and sadly are not really clear till after the damage is done. As in “I did IT again!”. The “IT” can be anything…Read More

Most workplace conflict is contained in a room, or maybe behind closed doors. Not so on Super Sunday when Madonna starred in her half time show ending with a vision of “world peace”. A gazillion people watched. So, what was with someone hired to come over from the UK to dance and sing who simply had to show that middle finger. For what purpose? This was a perfect example of workplace conflict,…Read More

She smiled sweetly and said she understood what was needed for the product in her territory to sell better. She wrote down what was said in the sales meeting. She had a list of places to call and people to meet. Yet nothing happened. Her boss had stomach aches and sleepless nights. He would fall asleep with the memory of that sweet smile and the promises of success. He was at an impasse. When he f…Read More

Want a prosperous year? Are you setting goals with dates and times and specifics to get where you want to go? There are so many “systems” out there for goal setting, business development, and relationship success. Yet, I believe that unless there is an over-riding vision of what really matters in life, you may get to the goal and miss the point. Think about King Midas from the fairy tale realm…Read More

Doing research for my book “GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change”, I was a bit aghast with the powerful hold that little blonde, plastic doll named Barbie still has on so many little girls. Research shows that when 13 year old girls were asked to define their view of beauty, there was a statistically significant number who said a beautiful girl had long, blond hair, was about 5’7” tall and…Read More