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. 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.
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.
Well, for all you know, professional coaching is also spreading to 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.
Where traditional consulting ends, coaching picks up. And the difference is this. 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. 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 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. The amount that executive coaches charge their clients can be as low as a few hundred dollars to as expensive as several thousands of dollars.
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