Blog Posts by Sylvia Lane

View from the Top

In the past few months, I have coached two clients, “John” and “Sarah,” who have recently been promoted to high-level executive positions.  John replaced an executive consultant to work within his company on a full-time basis.  Sarah moved into an executive managerial position in a company that is merging with a firm so she will […]
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Spring Forth

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted…”   Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 Change is All Around Us As we move into a new season, we expect to […]
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Tapping into Your Personality Type to Navigate Changes at Work

I have recently been coaching a young woman,” Joyce,” who has been successful at work in the IT industry.  She was challenged intellectually in her role helping clients effectively use her technology services to grow and manage their businesses. She enjoyed being part of her clients’ success as they implemented the ideas and solutions she […]
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Changing Personality Dynamics

Recently, I have been exploring causes of changes in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) results that individuals could experience as you mature and grow.  The MBTI® identifies basic personality preferences, and one of the reasons we like this instrument is because of its preference scale that shows your degree of preference in your personality traits […]
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Personality Approaches to Innovation

In our work with clients as coaches and consultants, we often offer the option of completing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment tool, which identifies sixteen basic personality types to help individuals learn about their personality. Learning your personality type helps individuals work toward their goals in a manner which more comfortably suits their own […]
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From Resolution to Reality

This time of year, we routinely create a list of New Year’s Resolutions. By the end of December, we often discover when we look over the original list that we missed the target. Let’s start this year understanding that according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary a “resolution is a firm, determined expression of intention” and explore […]
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Coaching For Confidence

I was recently questioned about effective ways to help a new manager gain more confidence in his new role. He was a young man who performed well in his initial assignments and role and now was being promoted. He would continue to have some client contact and responsibilities and would also be expected to do […]
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“Leaning In” to Leadership

Over my several years of experience, I have been in formal leadership positions as a supervisor, a consultant, a program director, Board member in community organizations, and informally with friends and family members. I have recently read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In and identify with many of the principles of leadership she describes that motivate […]
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Embracing Change as a Means to De-Stress

Welcome back to work after Passover, Easter, Spring Break, the Thai New Year – and the tax deadline end in sight! Though we look forward to these special times, we also endure the stress of change. Mother Nature reminds us at the change of each season that change is a part of life to embrace. […]
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Practice Mindfulness To Achieve Your Vision

In our future-oriented world, I find it helpful as a coach to borrow from the Buddhist meditation philosophy and practice mindfulness. Dr. Elisha Goldstein describes mindfulness in one of her blogs as “being aware of what lens we’re wearing when looking at life, so we can be more intentional.” She notes that when people suffer […]
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Self-Discovery – A guide for Growth

As we face major changes in our world of work, our individual lives require adjustments. The better we understand our own strengths and weaknesses, the more we are able to not only survive, but thrive. Regardless of how we came to be the way we are, when we understand and accept what we do best […]
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Understanding How to Navigate Personality Differences on Teams

Do you love your job but struggle dealing with management? Do you look forward to getting together with your clients but avoid meeting with your co-workers? Are you partners with someone in business or in your personal life with whom you experience as difficult? Do you feel that you are ineffective in problem-solving with certain […]
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Re-Entry: Creating a Soft Landing

In the last couple of months, I have been working with several new clients who are re-entering the workplace after having been laid off. Most are near retirement age and some were released just before they could receive the maximum benefits. Many of these layoffs happened as companies merged or down-sized in order to deal […]
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When Too Much Is Not Enough

I recently counseled a father (let’s call him Mike) who had built a successful small business over a period of several years. He hired his unemployed son, (let’s call him Jerry) because of the strained economy and made him a manager. Recently Mike decided to retire. Sometime after retiring, Mike discovered that the business was […]
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The Practice of Patience

Over the last three years, I have been focusing attention on increasing my counseling practice as a clinical consultant and an executive coach. I created a vision of the end result I was seeking and then worked to incorporate goal-setting, actions and timelines to produce the intended results. My vision has evolved and often brought […]
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Managing Abundance

We are often encouraging clients to take actions that increase the demand for their services. What about those times when you have not only enough work, but you have too much – more than you can do yourself? What do you do then? LEARN TO DELEGATE. Delegating is easier said than done. Your ego will […]
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Managing Stress During Changing Times

In recent months, we have seen many changes, such as weather patterns on the planet creating changes in our environment unlike any we’ve seen in recent years, foreign and domestic threats and acts of terrorism, and family changes due to high unemployment rates and more expensive educational programs.  Human beings have an uncanny ability to […]
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Embrace Yourself As A Leader

Embrace Yourself As A Leader Lately, I have been contemplating how leaders are identified as I think of our recently elected political leaders and my own friends and family who I see in leadership roles.  Webster’s Dictionary defines a leader as “a guiding or directing head.”  I have noticed that when we come together in […]
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Helpful Hints for the Holidays

HELPFUL HINTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS We have officially entered the holiday season!  Does this mean excitement or anxiety, anticipation or dread, welcomed activity or a feeling of being overwhelmed?  It doesn’t matter whether you are religious or not, or have kids who believe in Santa Claus or not.  The impact of the season affects us […]
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From Reserved To Involved

From Reserved To Involved Are you new to management and wondering why you left managing money and numbers to managing people?  Are you more comfortable doing your own thing instead of working to get a group to agree?  Does the group drain you emotionally and the alone time pump you up?  If so, you are […]
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