News For This Month: Professionals

Helping Lawyers with their Careers and With Getting Business

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. The logic seems to reflect over the reality that when one, or a group, is engrossed over something important or critical, the ability to think out of the box gets out of the question, and the likelihood of deciding over something severely substantial to alight themselves with a better analysis or a judgment, is fundamentally curtailed. 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 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. 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. 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. 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 what traditional consultation can’t do. Here is the difference. 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. Sometimes the consultants even do the work for you 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.

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.

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