Helping Lawyers with their Careers and With Getting Business
Critical to most successful people whether a politician, a business owner, a professional or an artist, they all rest on the bedrock of having along with them an advisers who plays a crucial part of 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. 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. 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. And what makes them differ? In a typical consulting relationship, a consultant will identify ways that you can 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. 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. 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.
When you hire an executive coach he usually charges a monthly fee and there are weekly phone conferences scheduled with the client. The fees of these coaches can run from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.
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