Lessons Learned from Years with Attorneys

Helping Lawyers with their Careers and With Getting Business

What has driven most people to their success, be it a politician, a business owner, a professional, or an artist is an adviser who has played a crucial role in their life, in their success. The logic seems to reflect over the reality that when one, or a group, is engrossed over something important or critical, the ability to think out of the box gets out of the question, and the likelihood of deciding over something severely substantial to alight themselves with a better analysis or a judgment, is fundamentally curtailed. They have a blind spot or things they are not able to see or consider when making decisions. All of us, for that matter, have our own blind spots, and this is the reason why today there is a trend where top corporations hire external coaches to work with senior level executives.

What executive coaches are to a company is a sounding board and someone who conditions everyone to a reality check, and this is why they are hired by these companies. Using their resourcefulness, acumen, and expertise, they provide support and validation to the group.

Nowadays this trend of hiring a professional coach has caught up with the legal profession as well. Being a partner mentor, the professional coach of a lawyer will help him success by putting an edge in their performance. Even top lawyers benefit from having a mentor and you will find them achieving peak performances with their help.

Where traditional consulting ends, coaching picks up. Here is the difference. When you are dealing with a consultant, he will try to find ways to help you achieve your desired objective. In this way, consultant do not act as mentors but as a role alleviator. The consultant will end up listing steps that you need to take in order for you to achieve your objective in your professional career or business. Sometimes the consultants even do the work for you to achieve their own ends.

This is not how a coach works. It does not succeed by having the type of relationship where a more senior or experienced person acts as an advisor or guide to a junior or a trainee. A coach however is one who is responsible for providing support, feedback and an alternative outlook to squeeze out an unsought premise that even the mentor himself or herself is clueless where it will lead to. This will eventually help the lawyer to think is a different, unconventional way.

Executive coaches often charge a monthly fee and schedule weekly phone conferences with their clients. The fees of these coaches can run from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.