Executive Coaches and 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. This is commonly called “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. 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. 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 where traditional consulting leaves off. Here is the difference. When you are dealing with a consultant, he will try to find ways to help you achieve your desired objective. What consultants do is to improve your role but they don’t mentor you. 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 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.

There is a monthly fee charged by these executive coaches and their usually schedules are weekly phone conferences with their clients. Fees can range from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.

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