A Beginners Guide To Attorneys
Executive Coaches and the Legal Profession
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. 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 coaches that are hired by companies to coach executive act not only as a sounding board but it also conditions everyone to a reality check. What they can do is provide support and validation to the group using their resourcefulness, their acumen, and their expertise.
Today, even the legal profession is finding the need for professional coaching. These coaches help lawyers succeed in their careers because with the collaboration of the mentor they are able to put an edge on their performance. Even top lawyers benefit from having a mentor and you will find them achieving peak performances with their help.
Where traditional consulting ends, coaching picks up. Here is the difference. Typically, a consultant will seek to identify ways that will enable you to achieve your desired objective. What consultants do is to improve your role but they don’t mentor you. The consultant will end up listing steps that you need to take in order for you to achieve your objective in your professional career or business. Sometimes the consultants even do the work for you to achieve their own ends.
This is not the case of a coach. The coach-coached relationship does not succeed if the type is like a more senior or experienced acts as an adviser or a 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. This will eventually help the lawyer to think is a different, unconventional way.
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.