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. They have a blind spot or things they are not able to see or consider when making decisions. 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.
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. 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. And in our case, they help lawyers succeed in their career by putting an edge on their performance when they exploit the advantage of having an accomplice mentor. 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. Typically, a consultant will seek to identify ways that will enable you to achieve your desired objective. In this way, consultant do not act as mentors but as 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. These consultants even periodically do the work for you in order to achieve their own ends.
Coaches are not like these. Key to the success of this relationship is not the type of mentor who because they are more senior or more experienced 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 is about sustaining an effort to capacitate 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.