Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Leadership, Bears, and the Honey Pot

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Interesting that most little kids get a teddy bear at one point in their babyhood, and of course there is always Winnie the Pooh to warm hearts. All animals have a symbolic message and symbols go deeply into the unconscious parts of our thinking and feeling. This post by Arianna Huffington is excellent. She asks us to think about what we read and hear and then what we think about what we read and hear. For me Arianna represent an eagle that is able to soar above the fray and notice all the subtleties of what is going on.

 

Sarah Palin, “Mama Grizzlies”

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Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
Looking for Love

Looking for Love

Since I began doing leadership coaching with Jon Gosselin, I have become more sensitized to the role of “celebrity” in our culture. It creates both the addiction to being known and noticed all the time, and increases the dark side of depression and disappointment when the lights stop flashing.

 

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Cultural Sensitivity

Friday, January 8th, 2010

 

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.

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Elegant Leadership

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

 

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 leadership. I will suggest the best books, articles, and unique individuals I can find to help you on the difficult daily journey of being the best leader you can be.

 
Why did I choose the title “elegant leadership”? I honestly think it chose me. I woke up with the term, like a drum beat, repeating over and over in my head. Maybe I had a dream about it, not sure. All I know is,  I love the word “elegant” as it is used in scientific realms. In nature elegant signifies finding the simplest and most precise way of responding.

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Leadership Strategies and Economist Perspectives

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Yesterday I wrote about a husband and wife who are economists stationed in Afghanistan. Somehow, that set up a stream of connections about the world structure from an economic perspective. The next night, still in London, there was a CNBC show called “House of Cards” about the failures of Wall Street and the mortgage mess. It grabbed my attention.

 

While riding the Tube, eating fish and chips, window shopping, meeting with clients, talking with friends, my mind had a strong background song repeating and repeating about power, evil and possibilities (or the lack of them!). 

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Leadership Strategies and the “What Problem” Crowd

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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Denial, as the joke goes, is more than a river in Egypt. It is something we all do on occasion when what confronts us is too hard to fathom. So, we say, “No, this isn’t happening”. Has to be a dream…mistake….joke…. And then, we pull ourselves up and do what we have to do, most of the time, some of the time.

Except deniers! They refuse to heed warnings and will do what they have always done the way they have always done it. Ever wonder why? Ever hear the expression “Better safe than sorry”? That is the mantra for the denier. Usually there was a trauma that happened in the family that went underground, too painful to discuss and the youngster learned that the best way to handle anxiety, stress, and pain is simply to ignore it, pretend it away.

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Leadership Strategies, Dialogue, and Beer with Obama

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

art_obama_wh_afp_giWhat exactly happens when people come together to discuss contentious issues? Normally all sides are consciously willing to talk in a fair and balanced way, and unconsciously prepared to protect their points of view. There may be a verbal “I really want to understand your perspective”, yet, underneath survival mechanisms are at play.

Thus, the traditional double bind is working. We want to listen, seem willing to change and yet, and yet. Samuel Goldwyn, long time head of MGM Studios in Hollywood said it best: “I don’t want any “yes-men” around me; I want everybody to tell the truth, even if it costs them their jobs”. Somewhere in our growing up we learned what is safe and what will cost us, our careers or maybe even our lives. So most of us shut up and go with the party line.

Double bind! Whether you agree or disagree, you lose! If you speak up you can cause trouble and if you don’t you are selling a part of your soul. Camps are set up. Isn’t that the game we play all the time? This no-win mentality so prevalent in many organizations keeps people from being able to really talk together, to engage in honest dialogue.

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Leadership Strategies: The Professor and the Police Officer

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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Avoiding Leadership Responsibilities; More than a One Night Stand

Monday, July 6th, 2009

There is a very interesting article in the Washington Post about Mark Sanford regarding moral principles and leadership that really made me think and here is my response:

Are we asking the right questions? At this time it needs to be more than “Did Sanford stray”? It is important to look beyond one incident and address long term behavior patterns to find what a person is really made of.

In Sanford’s case he responded to his many incidents of infidelity as an avoider. His eyes were roving for many years and he could not find the courage to straight talk with his wife. They have a long road to travel and that is their personal issue.

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The Shadow Side Shows Up

Monday, June 29th, 2009

How many more “family values” based politicians will make the news about affairs this season? It is interesting that the latest, Governor Sanford had his press “mea culpa” conference sans wife by his side. He needs to do this alone and it will be interesting to see what he can learn from his philandering.

 

The news around him is familiar. The talk shows have experts tell why he did what he did and what he should now do differently. Experts who write about narcissism call him a narcissist. Experts who don’t believe in divorce talk about the devastation for the children. Experts who focus on politics dissect his career possibilities.

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