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. 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. 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.
What executive coaches are to a company is a sounding board and someone who conditions everyone to a reality check, and this is why they are hired by these companies. 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. 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 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. 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 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. 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. 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 is about sustaining an effort to capacitate 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. The fees of these coaches can run from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.