Helping Lawyers with their Careers and With Getting Business
IF you look at most successful people like politicians, a business owners, a professional, or an artist, you will find someone playing an advisory role behind them and guiding them all throughout their career until they have attained the success that they have now. When these individuals or groups of individuals are faced with something big or need to make some very crucial decisions in their lives, they usually fail to think out of the box or else they fail to analyze things well and use good judgment over the matter. 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 executive coaches act not only as a sounding board but also conditions the group or the individual to a reality check. Using their resourcefulness, acumen, and expertise, they provide support and validation to the group.
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.
Where traditional consulting ends, coaching picks up. And the difference is this. 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. 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.
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 works with the person he is mentoring by providing support, feedback, and an alternative outlook and both does not really know where the discussions will lead them but usually this leads to something really beneficial. It helps the lawyer to think better and to think differently or unconventionally.
When you hire an executive coach he usually charges a monthly fee and there are weekly phone conferences scheduled with the client. Fees can range from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.
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