Lane Winter Vanderslice
MBTI® Type: ENTJ. Creative But Realistic; Want To Engage Your Heart + Your Brain.
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Certifications + coursework
- Certified Master Coach, Behavioral Coaching Institute (BCI)
- Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI)
Why did you become a coach?
Early in my work helping lawyers navigate both challenging professional situations and their career, I tended to – like the partners that nurtured me – dispense advice. Over time, I learned the lawyers with whom I worked (a uniformly smart and ambitious group) often struggled to implement advice, no matter how wise. They struggled, I learned, not because they didn’t understand what they heard, but because they did not know how to apply it in their particular circumstance or they needed other skills in order to implement the advice. I learned that the lawyers benefited from a “coach approach” that helped them understand and clarify the challenges they faced, identify possible solutions and create a personal path to achieve their desired objectives. In short, I became a coach because I believe it is the best and most sustainable way for lawyers to learn new skills and achieve success.
Is there a particular lens through which you approach coaching?
I focus on ensuring that lawyers feel energized by their work and career, rather than weighed down by its demands. For many lawyers, this means helping them understand what they really want from their job, career and life; develop people and project management skills beyond those that enabled their current success; and become better organized, more efficient and eliminate unrewarding or unproductive efforts. The demands on lawyers are great. My hope is to help each coachee meet these demands in an organized and deliberate manner, rather than merely reactively checking boxes. I am also focused on helping lawyers tap their relationship building skills to establish an effective board of mentors (or effectively mentor others), motivate their teams, give feedback and develop business.
What do you see as the key benefits coaching provides?
I believe coaching is the most effective path to help smart, ambitious professionals develop sustainable, adaptable approaches to the challenges they face throughout their career. Coaching increases lawyers’ self-awareness, ability to create effective career/development/business plans and to stay motivated and engaged.
What makes you a successful coach?
I am good listener. I am able to convey difficult messages in a frank yet compassionate manner. I care about the people I coach and am invested in their success. And I get lawyers.