Sylvia Lafair is the founder of Creative Energy Options and the world’s leading authority in Pattern Breakthrough Leadership Development, a Top Global Leadership Guru and award-winning author

WILMINGTON, NC, December 16, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Choosing the right gift for the boss can be a monumental challenge. It’s one of those problems we struggle with for days or weeks perhaps. The problem can be easily solved by making the wise choice – a gift that will make the boss’s job easier. Sylvia Lafair’s multi-award winning business book, ‘Don’t Bring It To Work’, may not only be the perfect Christmas gift for your boss, manager or coworker – it might end up being the catalyst that transforms your entire workplace.

We all know the type–maybe he’s the office cutup, or the woman who manages to look busy but avoids work, or the guy who is the long-suffering victim–there’s one in every office. These behaviors are painfully annoying and stir up conflict in the office.

How can you get to the bottom of workplace behaviors that simply don’t work for you or your organization?

‘Don’t Bring It to Work’ explores what happens when patterns and habits originally created to cope with family conflicts are unleashed in the workplace. This groundbreaking book draws on the success of Sylvia Lafair’s Pattern Breakthrough program Total Leadership Connections. Throughout the book Lafair shows how to break the cycle of pattern repetition and offers the tools that can turn unhealthy family baggage into creative energy that will foster better workplace associations and career success.

Lafair identifies the thirteen most common patterns that correspond to characters familiar to anyone who has ever worked in an office: Super Achiever, Rebel, Persecutor, Victim, Rescuer, Clown, Martyr, Splitter, Procrastinator, Drama Queen or King, Pleaser, Denier, and Avoider. To help overcome destructive behavior problems, she maps out the three main steps for becoming aware of patterns and finding the way OUT:

Observe your behavior to discern underlying patterns
Understand and probe deeper to discover the origins of these patterns
Transform your behavior by taking action to change

The book includes a wealth of real-life anecdotes and practical, workbook-style exercises that clearly show how anyone can get beyond old, outmoded attempts at conflict resolution and empower themselves to make profound differences both at work and in their personal lives.

‘Don’t Bring It To Work’ has taken a large number of high level industry awards. Geoffrey James with placed it on a list of ‘9 Books Every Boss Should Read’. It was named a Best Book in the Business and Leadership Category by Nautilus Books and took awards from the London Book Festival and from the Paris Book Festival in 2012.

The book has garnered high praise from industry leaders across the entire business spectrum:

“Sylvia Lafair is an amazingly acute analyzer of human behavior. She’s pinpointed the patterns that can make you sink, soar, or simply muddle through your career. If you want to take your work life, your team, or your company to the next level – or better yet – the level beyond that, read this important book. The payoff is the elusive breakthrough you’ve sought for years.” — Tyler Mathisen, CNBC co-host of Power Lunch and Nightly Business Report

“In this smart, useful and much needed book on how to work and play well with others, Sylvia Lafair teaches us how to recognize and change our own ineffective behavior and how to help others get past the family baggage and office politics that prevent all of us from doing our best work.” — Daniel Pink, author of books about work management that include “A Whole New Mind” and “Drive”

“This book is emotionally engaging and the message is fantastic.”– Robert Sutton, Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

“This engaging book has a powerful core message. We’re bringing family dynamics – from childhood and even from our parents’ childhoods – to work. – and the results are not pretty. Packed with stories of workplace dynamics gone awry – and, then, amazingly enough, transformed by Lafair’s compassionate approach – the book is immensely readable. You will be motivated to create change for the better.” — Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

“This book distills various behavior patterns that we have at work and helps you identify negative patterns and takes you through personal transformation. Every leader and manager should read this book! Wow! It’s wonderful.” — Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design, Author, “slide:ology”

“Wonderful insights for anyone who manages a business, works in a business, or leads a business. Read it now.” — Michael E. Gerber, Author, “The E-Myth Books”

Author Sylvia Lafair is the CEO of Creative Energy Options Inc. Creative Energy Options Inc. challenges the status quo of workplace relationships. They think differently and encourage leaders to also think differently.

Over the past 30 years their team has searched for the hidden emotional mechanisms at work in a typical office environment. The discovery of why people respond the way they do has profoundly changed the way the company thinks, coaches, consults and develops programs. They believe there is a series of patterns that underlie behavior and has been a missing link in understanding the core of office politics, absenteeism, law suits and poor productivity.

The company’s Pattern Breakthrough process, not found in any other coaching or programs, is what enables them to prepare clients to transcend business frustrations. The company continues to win awards for Pattern Breakthrough Coaching and Total Leadership Connections.

Lafair is an innovative thought leader who has worked with McGraw-Hill, Avon, Google, Lockheed Martin, Merck, Microsoft, Novartis, and many other globally recognized companies.

Sylvia Lafair is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected]. All her books are available at book retail outlets worldwide. More information is available at the company’s website at

Sylvia Lafair offers a foundation of personal and professional exploration in every program, every book, every speech she gives. Her award-winning book, ‘Don’t Bring It To Work’ is one of the top 9 books for every boss to read. Sylvia retooled her skills as a noted family therapist to explore and chart how family patterns show up at work. She prepares leaders and teams to find the sweet spot of cooperation and productivity and make work a place of high learning with lessened stress.

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