Executive Coaches and the Legal Profession
IF you look at most successful people like politicians, a business owners, a professional, or an artist, you will find someone playing an advisory role behind them and guiding them all throughout their career until they have attained the success that they have now. 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. We commonly call this blind spot. And this blind spots are possessed by everyone and the reason why in this present economy the trend is for top corporations to 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. They provide support and validation, using their resourcefulness, their acumen and expertise.
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. 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. Here is the difference. When you are dealing with a consultant, he will try to find ways to help you achieve your desired objective. What consultants do is to improve your role but they don’t mentor you. 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.
Coaches are not like these. The coach-coached relationship does not succeed if the type is like a more senior or experienced acts as an adviser or a 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. The amount that executive coaches charge their clients can be as low as a few hundred dollars to as expensive as several thousands of dollars.