INSIGHT: Success Coaches on Rise for Lateral Partner Hires, Associates

Kara Dodson is quoted in a Bloomberg Law article about the rise of coaching in law firms. “We have many requests for coaching with a focus on business development, time management, and executive presence, but another consistent theme is a desire to alleviate the stress inherent to the practice of law.” Dodson agrees that in today’s world “coaching is seen as a powerful development tool for high potential lawyers.” She also adds that “lawyers are great at problem solving—the coach is there to make it stick.”

Law Firm Coaching: Internal and External Coaches – What’s the Difference?

Large law firms are expanding their coaching capabilities by hiring their own full-time coaches and/or by sponsoring the coach training and accreditation of members of their existing teams (especially within their talent and BD teams). In parallel, the use by law firms of external coaches is also increasing.

How Are Law Firms Using Coaching?

Last year, we at Volta set out to understand how law firms are using coaching. Through our Coaching Insights Survey, we asked law firms in the Am Law 200 and beyond to share what they are doing coaching-wise. Of the Am Law 200 (ranked by revenue), no fewer than 123 law firms use coaching, with a high number of those being in the first 100. In our second article to mark International Coaching Week, we share some of what we discovered:

It’s International Coaching Week! But What is Coaching Exactly?

It’s International Coaching Week! But What is Coaching Exactly?

In The Volta Coaching Insights Report, we reflected on the fact that coaching (in the sense of executive coaching) eludes a universal definition. Many attempts have been made to define the term “coaching” but the reality is that is often applied to various different - but similar and overlapping – disciplines, namely mentoring, counseling and (one-on-one) consulting. Our research leads us to the conclusion that these terms are sometimes misunderstood and/or used interchangeably.

Volta Talent Strategies to Support Launch of Steptoe Talent Sponsorship Program

Steptoe announces the launch of their Talent Sponsorship Program, a program designed for diverse associates at the firm to enhance and expand upon the professional development opportunities that all associates receive. The program also aims to ensure that the firm maintains a talented group of diverse attorneys that may potentially advance to senior levels at the firm. Volta Talent Strategies will support the program by providing one-on-one coaching to each participant.