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A Guide to Executive Coaches for 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. 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. They have a blind spot or things they are not able to see or consider when making decisions. 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.

These executive coaches act not only as a sounding board but also conditions the group or the individual to a reality check. 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. 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 includes even top performing lawyers who are more likely to achiever peak performances when they have a mentor.

Where traditional consulting ends, coaching picks up. Here is the difference. In a typical consulting relationship, a consultant will identify ways that you can achieve your desired objective. What consultants do is to improve your role but they don’t mentor you. 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. In order for consultants to achieve their own ends, they sometimes even do the work for you.

This is not how a coach works. 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. 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. This will eventually help the lawyer to think is a different, unconventional way.

Executive coaches often charge a monthly fee and schedule weekly phone conferences with their clients. 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.