Meet Sylvia lafair


You and I are products of the defining moments in our lives. These experiences and the way we respond establish unseen behavior patterns that determine who we are as leaders, business colleagues and team members.

My fascination with the power of personal and cultural patterns began when my father died from a heart attack when I was 14. The cause? Constant conflict at work.

My search for answers led me to amazing concepts; unresolved family patterns follow us to work. That’s what was behind the stress my father carried throughout his career and it impacted me until I was able to find the way OUT: observe, understand and transform outdated, ingrained patterns that destroy health and the joy of success.

I do what I do to prepare, liberate and empower leaders and teams – and to ensure no one need lose a loved one over unresolved conflict and stress at work.

 ---Sylvia Lafair, PhD - founder of Creative Energy Options (CEOinc.) and the world’s leading authority in Pattern Aware leadership development. One of the World's Top 30 Leadership Professionals for 2016 and award winning author of Don’t Bring It to Work. 


Read Sylvia’s columns in INC.com and The Business Journals

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Sylvia's Message

Sylvia engages audiences with her natural storytelling ability. She weaves her knowledge about personal relationships and business culture into easily understood messages, using both humor and suspense. She leaves audiences with information to take back to the office and immediately put into practice. Dr. Lafair is a national speaker for organizations such as SHRM, Lockheed-Martin, Novartis, and Google. 


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Sylvia's Travels

Sylvia has hiked the Inca Trail into Machu Picchu, eaten indiscernible stew in the Amazon, and bungee jumped in New Zealand. When she lands long enough, she writes books, gives speeches, and leads seminars. Sylvia, ever the pioneer, retooled her skills as a noted family therapist to become a leadership education and development expert and executive coach. She prepares teams to find the sweet spot of cooperation and productivity.

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Sylvia's Leadership

As a noted authority on leadership and a consultant to Fortune 100 companies, family firms, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs, her message is unique and timely; her insights universal and relevant. Sylvia's theme is "prepared leaders can diminish office drama and politics, human resource issues, absenteeism, and litigation that often increase when stress is high."

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Sylvia's Approach

Dr. Lafair’s programs and executive coaching decreases conflict and increases cooperation in the workplace. Her award winning book Don’t Bring It to Work is listed as one of the top nine books for every boss to read and as one of the top twenty books for emerging leaders. Sylvia's other award winning books are Gutsy: How Women Leaders Make Change, and Unique: How Story Sparks Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement.