Better Aim, Faster Results
Our careers are shaped by thousands of actions over time, just as the shape of a shoreline is created by the constant pressure of a thousand waves. But unlike a shoreline, we can have far more control over the shape and outcome of our business lives.
Lawyers are expected to become experts in a broad range of areas, well beyond legal knowledge. It is unreasonable to think we can be great in all of those areas, or that we can learn how to be great in all areas on our own. For this reason, I offer coaching for lawyers.
Coaching is a personalized, structured method of helping individuals to set business goals, identify and overcome roadblocks, and commit to an implementation plan. Individuals who seek out coaching have a desire to improve themselves in some way: they just don’t know how to get there. As a coach my role is not to tell you how to live your life. My focus is on helping you to articulate assertive goals for yourself (in life or business), and pursue them as effectively as possible. Good coaching brings out the best in individuals, faster than if they had tried to work out their issues on their own.
Over the years I’ve worked with lawyers (and law firm managers) on a wide range of issues including (but not limited to):
- Career planning
- Business develop planning and training
- Improved productivity generally
- Practice and file management issues
- Leadership coaching
- Preparation for partnership or retirement
- Return from leave (such as mat leave)
- Improve work-life balance
- Lateral hire integration
- Stress management
- Improved work skills (such as delegation, time management, prioritization, administration, etc.)
Feel free to contact me to explain what you would like to work on and we can determine together if this is a coachable issue for you.
Coaching Structure and Cost
Coaching is available in blocks of four one-hour sessions over a two-month period with unlimited quick calls and e-mails as needed. Alternatively, for those who need coaching as an ongoing support tool throughout a more challenging time period (such as the starting of a new business, a change of career or business strategy, or through a more extended personal growth period), I also provide a six-month fixed fee coaching retainer option.
The cost of coaching is similar to that of going to a counselor, lawyer or other professional. Many of my clients submit their coaching costs to their accountant as evidence of a professional development expense.
Why Work with Me?
Selection of a coach is a personal decision, because all coaches are different. We have different personalities, we have different training, we focus on different types of individuals and different situations.
I am a certified through the International Coaching Federation and have over 20 years of experience in coaching lawyers and law firm management.
Coaches usually come from another discipline – often HR. I come from the marketing profession. This means that in addition to coaching, I can provide marketing advice that leads to pragmatic, action-oriented solutions that can make all of the difference in achieving business goals.
Questions & Answers
Can Coaching Help Me? Q&A on what coaching is, what it looks like, how it can help, and how to prepare for a coaching session.
Session blocks include an introductory phone call, four one-hour coaching sessions and unlimited emails throughout the process for a total of $1,300 (+GST). This is equivalent to or less than the typical cost of counselling or other professional services. It also ensures that clients are committed to growth and the coaching process.
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