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. 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. This is commonly called “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 executive coaches act not only as a sounding board but also conditions the group or the individual to a reality check. What they can do is provide support and validation to the group using their resourcefulness, their acumen, and their expertise.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. This will eventually help the lawyer to think is a different, unconventional way.
When you hire an executive coach he usually charges a monthly fee and there are weekly phone conferences scheduled with the client. Fees can range from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.