Managing law firms is no easy task. In a changing and competitive environment, law firm leaders are often called upon to address the challenges of managing growth and expansion while thinking strategically about delivering high-quality legal services in the most efficient, cost-effective manner. Ultimately, however, a firm’s ability to achieve its objectives is dependent on the performance of its team members, both its lawyers and its administrative professionals. So, how can law firms manage for these macro-challenges on a micro-level?
Our coaching practice provides support for individuals (or groups of individuals) to learn, develop and enhance critical professional skills and behaviors through a customized and guided process, leading to greater productivity and efficiency. This process offers opportunities for growth and learning and creates the necessary space for dialogue, application and reflection, which are essential to the sustainability of action and change.
In brief, coaching can help you to enhance effectiveness and optimize performance at the individual, team and firm level.
SPECIALIZED COACHING AREAS
Drawing on our extensive business experience with law firms, our team of certified coaches works with lawyers and other professionals at all levels: firm leaders, practice leaders, partners and associates, chief officers, department heads and managers. Our work covers the interdependent components of life within a law firm. While each engagement is tailored specifically to the individual, we most regularly provide coaching in the following areas:
Path to Partnership
Presentation Skills/Public Speaking
Stress Management/ Resilience
Our coaching is rooted in cultivating and leveraging self-awareness and self-direction. Since each individual’s circumstances, challenges and goals vary greatly, the most effective coaching does not always follow a pre-established, set plan. As a result, we adopt a flexible and adaptive approach in terms of how we coach. We work with each coachee to customize the overall coaching experience to his or her specific goals and needs, beginning with a deep dive into the coachee’s context and mindset.
Our coaching engagements range from a few sessions to a year or more. In addition to regular coaching sessions, we incorporate assessments, skill-building exercises and our extensive knowledge management library of tools into each engagement.
Our longer coaching engagements typically unfold in three phases designed to create momentum and ensure sustainability and follow-through:
In the initial phase, we conduct an intake meeting and preliminary coaching session to identify developmental objectives and set provisional goals. Where appropriate, we administer one or more assessments to further define strengths and areas of development and gather feedback from relevant peers at the firm.
In the second phase, we conduct regular coaching sessions either in-person or by phone or video. These weekly or bi-weekly sessions are typically 45-60 minutes and focus on ensuring sustained action and accountability.
In the final phase, we continue coaching with the aim of having the coachee(s) create a post-coaching plan in order to solidify any learning and behavioral or mindset changes so as to ensure that they are sustainable.
We recognize that different individuals learn in different ways. To accommodate different preferences, we adapt our style to be more or less directive. As former lawyers and experts in the legal industry, we can, in addition to coaching, advise, counsel and provide one-on-one consulting.
We offer coaching packages to create maximum flexibility and effectiveness for our clients – both the firm and the individual. Coaching packages are typically three, six or twelve months, but the cost and length of each engagement are dependent on the seniority of the lawyer and the focus of the engagement.
In addition to one-on-one coaching, we provide group coaching and hybrid coaching, which incorporates both one-on-one and group elements. We also supplement some of our highly regarded training programs with follow-up coaching to further enhance skills and reinforce learning outcomes for participants.
We are also proud to offer coaching support to women who are participating in the OnRamp Fellowship Program (an initiative pioneered by Caren Ulrich Stacy, Founder and CEO of Diversity Lab).
If you're interested in offering self-directed coaching as a form of career advisory, visit our OnDemand Coaching Program page.
If you're interested in lateral partner integration coaching, visit our Lateral Partner Integration Coaching page.
*Recognized by the readers of the New York Law Journal and awarded a 2018 “Best of” ranking for ‘Lawyer/Law Firm Business Development Coaching’