Legal Industry - Coaching Lawyers And Their Clients
... Being "up against the law" and in fact in any issue involving conflict, marriage, divorce, a change in lifestyle (debt/insolvency / liquidation), facing old age, death and bereavement (wills) ... you name it ... there is not only the fear many of your clients face surrounding the legal process, but also the stress and the financial costs involved. During times when we face challenges, aside from the necessary life changing adjustments clients may face, our emotions are really stretched. Most clients are simply not well equipped to effectively engage in and manage interpersonal conflict and this is where coaching support assists individuals in anticipating and preparing for any challenges and to effectively participate in the process.
Business and life skill coaching provides tremendous support DURING THE UNFOLDING of the legal process AND AFTERWARDS as clients adjust to new circumstances they may face (e.g. being single, the company being liquidated) and prepare themselves to create more healthy and beneficial attitudes, behaviours and circumstances.
As one involved in the legal profession, the emotions surrounding the changes and conflict situations your clients are facing (or could potentially hence the need for prenups etc), rub off and can be very stressful for you too! You want to help them as much as you can ... and we can support you in doing this!
Many of you may concede that superior people skills are often the distinguishing characteristics of the most successful in your field and coaching provides opportunities to develop these skills. You can use a coach to work with you when you are feeling over loaded and stressed, as well as on a broad mix of professional issues at any stage of your career. Many lawyers choose to work on business development because selling is not a skill that often comes naturally to us. Some of you may need help with time management ... or you may want to run your practice more efficiently or manage your support staff more effectively.
From a financial standpoint, coaching can be a wise and prudent investment. When coaching support helps bring in just one additional piece of business, it has already paid for itself and then some. Alternatively, in the case of career management coaching, by investing in coaching to help retain a previously dissatisfied lawyer, your firm or corporate legal department may save itself the far greater cost of replacing that person. Coaching for lawyers themselves can be of benefit in areas as diverse as :
- managing relationships with clients and colleagues - refining communication and negotiation skills ... working more effectively with clients, partners, support staff and opposing counsel - working out issues of stress and work/life balance - moving into practice areas which are more satisfying - increasing productivity and the bottom line ... a careful review of the way lawyers use their time together with the introduction of certain efficiency techniques and accountability to improve work habits can have a dramatic effect on productivity and increase revenues to the firm - time management. We have a very practical way of supporting you in assessing priorities, in getting the most out of each day and eliminating time wasters and "unproductive" time. - working with new lawyers to ensure that their transition into the firm goes smoothly - marketing and practice development - productivity and efficiency - personal goals achievement and professional and personal life balance. - support when the going gets tough, someone whose only concern is for you and helping you get what you want. No hidden agendas or conflicting relationship, friendship or law partner issues ... confidentiality assured - career management and practice development are additional areas where the insight, support, and accountability can give a lawyer the extra edge to achieve in a competitive market.
Coaching for clients Coaching support provides enormous assistance in helping people to identify their own role in the situation, and to create happier, more positive and beneficial outcomes for themselves and those who are also being affected by the situation at hand. It supports people in regaining control of their fears and emotions and in identifying and taking positive steps to move along the process with greater power and grace, and to recover after a set-back, not only quicker but get on with their lives in a more productive way during the legal process and also once the legal process has concluded.
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