Helping Lawyers with their Careers and With Getting Business
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. 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.
These coaches that are hired by companies to coach executive act not only as a sounding board but it also conditions everyone to a reality check. What they can do is provide support and validation to the group using their resourcefulness, their acumen, and their expertise.
Today, even the legal profession is finding the need for professional coaching. Being a partner mentor, the professional coach of a lawyer will help him success by putting an edge in their performance. This is not only for the regular lawyers, but even top performing lawyers achieve peak performances when they are under a mentor.
Coaching picks up where traditional consulting leaves off. And what makes them differ? Typically, a consultant will seek to identify ways that will enable you to achieve your desired objective. In most cases, a consultant does not act as a mentor but 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. In order for consultants to achieve their own ends, they sometimes even do the work for you.
This is not the case of a coach. 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. It helps the lawyer to think better and to think differently or unconventionally.
Executive coaches often charge a monthly fee and schedule weekly phone conferences with their clients. Fees can range from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.