Incredible Lessons I’ve Learned About Attorneys

A Guide to Executive Coaches for the Legal Profession

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. 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. 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. They provide support and validation, using their resourcefulness, their acumen and expertise.

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. 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 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 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.

Coaches are not like these. 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 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. The fees of these coaches can run from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.