Executive Coaches and 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. 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.
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. 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.
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 this way, consultant do not act as mentors but as a role alleviator. It usually ends in detailing the steps that are necessary to achieve the desired outcome of the case, of one’s professional career or in getting more business. 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 however is one who is responsible for providing support, feedback and an alternative outlook to squeeze out an unsought premise that even the mentor himself or herself is clueless where it will lead to. It is about sustaining an effort to capacitate 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.