Why I Became A Coach

Early in my work helping lawyers navigate both challenging professional situations and their career, I tended to – like the partners that nurtured me – dispense advice. Over time, I learned the lawyers with whom I worked (a uniformly smart and ambitious group) often struggled to implement advice, no matter how wise. They struggled, I learned, not because they didn’t understand what they heard, but because they did not know how to apply it in their particular circumstance or they needed other skills in order to implement the advice. I learned that the lawyers benefited from a “coach approach” that helped them understand and clarify the challenges they faced, identify possible solutions and create a personal path to achieve their desired objectives. In short, I became a coach because I believe it is the best and most sustainable way for lawyers to learn new skills and achieve success.