This week our guest is Sylvia Lafair, Ph.D. She is President of Creative Energy Options, Inc. (CEOinc.), a global consulting company that encourages employees and executives to create new behavior patterns for success by developing healthy and sustainable relationships in the workplace.
Dr. Lafair’s programs and executive coaching impact individuals and teams to decrease conflict and increase productivity. Her award winning book, “Don’t Bring It to Work” 2009 (Jossey-Bass), is among the top 20 for emerging leaders. Lafair’s research shows that, much as we like to believe that our behavior is entirely rational and governed by our conscious mind, our thoughts and actions are often driven by the roles we learned in our families as children. And under pressure, we tend to revert to old patterns, often creating workplace drama that diverts attention from the business and undermines productivity.
As a keynote speaker, workshop leader and webinar presenter, 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 that leave audiences with information to take back to the office and immediately put into practice.
Among her presentations are: “Don’t Bring It to Work: Decoding Office Politics”, “Get the BUT Out of Your YES: Effective Communication Skills”, “OUCH: Resolving Conflict at Work”, “The Creative Edge: Team Innovation,” and “Politics and Drama: Toxic Mix at Work.”
Dr. Lafair has been quoted in Time.com, Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal and is a guest on various television and radio programs. Her new book, “GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change,” will be released in May 2012. She is presently working on a book about diversity in the workplace titled “Different: How Dynamic Leaders Drive Diversity at Work”.
Her message is unique and timely; her insights universal and relevant. Office drama and politics, human resource issues, absenteeism, and litigation often increase when stress is high in companies. Dr. Lafair’s unique model becomes vitally important as she shows managers and teams how to light fires of team collaboration and inspire employee engagement.