How Coaching Works
Coaching is, more than anything, about creating space and time amid the busy flow of life for deep thinking followed by action. As a coach I help hold this space for my clients, promote their inner discovery, and encourage goal setting, planning and action. Coaching is about learning in action. It is about imagining what is possible, charting the course forward and learning from the journey.
Coaching happens in conversation. Coach and client meet, and through the vehicle of powerful conversations, complex ideas and situations are explored, goals are set, action is planned, and valuable feedback is given. The foundation of the relationship between client and coach is trust. Both parties must feel they may speak freely and in the security of absolute confidentiality.
Coaching supports the development of new skills and improved performance in areas related to business development, professional development, leadership, client relations, strategic planning, client teams and practice group management. My clients appreciate the confidentiality and the respectful and attentive support that coaching provides.
Some examples from my practice include:
- Working with lawyers on managing the challenges of the pre-partnership years and attaining partnership.
- Helping lawyers develop their rainmaking skills in order to expand their practices and bring in more interesting and fulfilling work.
- Coaching lawyers to get back in control when they find themselves struggling with challenges such as time management, organization and procrastination.
- Coaching lawyers on career decisions and professional development.
Coaching works best when a client is motivated, and has something to work towards. Coaching requires commitment from the client to be successful. I will not work with a client unless I am confident that coaching will be valuable for them in developing professionally.