When To Use A Coach?
I work with my clients on goals that fall into four broad areas: practice management, business development and client retention, career development, and developing leadership abilities.
In particular, a lawyer might choose to work with a coach:
- to progress towards income or equity partnership
- to hone their rainmaking skills
- to becoming more efficient and productive at work
- to develop their leadership skills – delegation, mentorship, team work, etc.
- to plan and take action to grow their legal practice or in some cases their law firm
- to make a successful transition to more fulfilling work
- to have a thinking partner to bounce ideas off – confidentially
- to tackle professional challenges
In my experience one of the factors that makes coaching so valuable is that it provides a forum for discussing opportunities and challenges that is completely supportive, 100% focused on your needs, and entirely confidential. As one client recently commented: “I appreciate the way Allison can pick up on what’s bothering me and allow me to let it out. In law, we’re so restricted in terms of confidentiality, so it really helps to be able to talk to someone.”