Blog Posts by Sylvia Lane

National Crisis and Team and Client Support

As I sat down to write my blog today, I am keenly aware of how the recent national crisis in El Paso, Texas will dominate conversations in offices all over the country, or even all over the world. Texas Governor Abbot stated, “We must unite.” The El Paso Mayor Dee Margo announced, “We will not […]
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Personal Crisis Intervention

As professional coaches, we spend a lot of time and energy dealing with crises that take place in the lives of other people.  Usually, the crises are business-related although sometimes they can be in their personal lives, specifically when they interfere with the business outcomes.  In our organizations, we find ourselves navigating partner conflicts, communication […]
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Managing Anxiety in Busy Season

As we approach April 15th or other impending deadlines, whether we are the accountant or the client, we tend to get anxious.  It often feels like so much more to do than we can handle in the time allowed.  Just the word “Deadline” implies something stressful in itself.  Here are a few suggestions for changing […]
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Using the MBTI® to Enhance Individual and Firm Success

“Know thyself.  Every heart vibrates to this iron string.”   ~ Socrates The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) is a self-reported assessment which seeks to identify certain personality characteristics.  The MBTI is based on the psychological theory of Dr. Carl G. Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist.  He identified important roles in people’s communication styles, how they would perform […]
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The Present of Presence

As we enter the holiday season, we spend several hours looking for special presents for our family and friends.  Consider that one of the most special presents that we can give is our physical, emotional, and spiritual PRESENCE.  How do we do this?  How is this different than what we have been doing in our […]
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T in the Workplace Today

With the airways filled with memories of Aretha Franklin and how she sang about respect in a love relationship between a man and a woman.  I feel that respect is important in every relationship beginning with our own self-image and it essential in our effectiveness in the workplace. Respect is defined as a “feeling of […]
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Personality Dynamics in Coaching

In our work with clients, we encourage using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) personality assessment to gain a better understanding of a leader’s preferences and how those preferences mirror or are different from others on their team. As a coach, we can use these insights about how they like to interact and communicate with others, […]
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The Challenge of Spring

When the season of Spring comes, we notice change around us.  The Earth is thawing from the cold of winter.  Animals who were hibernating come out into the sun.  We notice new plants beginning to sprout.  Flowers are budding, and an atmosphere of new opportunity dominates our thinking.  It’s a time of renewal, which causes […]
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The Value of Team

 “What we reach for may be different, but what makes us reach is the same” This quote from Mark Nepo, a poet and philosopher, describes my thoughts while watching Lindsey Vonn reach the bottom of the hill in the Women’s Downhill race at the Winter Olympics.  Even though she had missed winning the gold medal […]
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Moving from Scarcity to Abundance

When I think of abundance, I see my father’s garden in the Springtime.  Fruits and vegetables that I helped plant before the ground was cold and crusty that mature and fill with color and new life.  Scarcity in the garden is an invisible quality.  The garden is a metaphor for how life works in creating […]
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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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