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If not us, who? If not now, when?”
— John F. Kennedy

Nicholas Jelfs-Jelf

New York

T 212.660.3902
M 646.203.7336
nicholas.jelf@voltapeople.com

MBTI® Type: ENTP. Enthusiastic; Original; Logical.

Favorite Book: Summer's Lease, John Mortimer

CERTIFICATIONS + coursework 

  • Certified Master Coach, Behavioral Coaching Institute (BCI)

Why did you become a coach?

It has been an organic process: The professional development of others, including advising and coaching, has, in different ways, been a key theme throughout much of my career. My role and work as a coach has evolved over several years and is a natural outgrowth of my work in talent management, HR and organizational development. I have experienced the benefit, and results, of coaching myself, including both personal and executive coaching. I see its potential as a powerful developmental tool which will help anyone, with the right attitude, to achieve the goals they set themselves.

Is there a particular lens through which you approach your coaching?

When coaching, I look at situations from the perspective of possibility and choice. And, I come to each conversation as a former practicing lawyer, law firm partner and law firm executive. I have been closely involved in the careers of many lawyers, from students to partners. As a result, I bring not only my own personal and professional experience, but also my observations of many others' career successes (and failures) to every coaching engagement.

What do you see as the key benefits coaching provides?

It works! I love how coaching can reframe your perspective and enable you to move beyond the places where you get stuck. Most traditional professional development in a lawyer’s career is informational. By contrast, coaching is experiential and has the capacity to be transformational. It narrows the gap between what we think, what we do and what we say. I don’t know of any other tool that creates sustainable change the way coaching does.

What makes you a successful coach?

My life experience. My professional experience. And my belief in coaching. Having seen the transformative impact of coaching in my own life, and in the lives of clients, colleagues and friends, I come from the perspective that everything is achievable through coaching provided you are coachable and willing to do the work it entails. And, wherever coaching needs an additional push, the consultant in me comes out and is not afraid to express an opinion. I keep my role simple: To help you achieve your professional goals.

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