Getting To The Point – Lawyers

Executive Coaches and the Legal Profession

Critical to most successful people whether a politician, a business owner, a professional or an artist, they all rest on the bedrock of having along with them an advisers who plays a crucial part of their success. In reality, when an individual or a group is taken up over something that is very important or crucial, they are not able to think out of the box, and they are not able to decide properly using good analysis and judgment. We commonly call this blind spot. And we all have our blind spots and the reason why in our present economy, there is an increasing trend in top corporations toward hiring external coaches to work with senior level executives.

These executive coaches act not only as a sounding board but also conditions the group or the individual to a reality check. What they can do is provide support and validation to the group using their resourcefulness, their acumen, and their expertise.

Well, for all you know, professional coaching is also spreading to 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. This includes even top performing lawyers who are more likely to achiever peak performances when they have a mentor.

Coaching picks up what traditional consultation can’t do. And the difference is this. In a typical consulting relationship, a consultant will identify ways that you can achieve your desired objective. In most cases, a consultant does not act as a mentor but a role alleviator. What the consultant then ends up doing is detailing steps that are important for you to achieve your desire for your career. 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. When a coach works with someone, he provides support, feedback and an alternative outlook so that it squeezes out ideas that even the mentor himself does not know where it will lead to. It helps the lawyer to think better and to think differently or unconventionally.

There is a monthly fee charged by these executive coaches and their usually schedules are weekly phone conferences with their clients. The amount that executive coaches charge their clients can be as low as a few hundred dollars to as expensive as several thousands of dollars.