What’s a good way to be proactive in your law practice?
Working one-on-one with a business coach or consultant is one of the best ways to make strategic changes in your law practice. Lawyers are accused of being slow to change. If you are one of those stop being slow to change. Spend time planning and strategizing what you want for your law practice. Think in terms of planning the next one, three, five, and ten years. Work with someone that can help you come up with new ideas and help you implement them.
Jennifer Smith, in Law Firms, Market Pressure and Change: How Soon is Now? states that law firms are a reactive bunch. They only change when outside pressures force them to make changes. It’s disappointing that lawyers are so creative in coming up with amazing solutions for their clients, but as a group don’t seem to be as creative or forward thinking facing the business challenges of their profession.
It’s ironic that with so many lawyers being slow to change, that my business Coaching For Lawyers is based on finding and attracting those lawyers that are open, want to change, and are excited to work with someone to help them achieve their professional goals.
I find it surprising how many lawyers I meet at Continuing Legal Education classes or networking events (just happened this past Thursday) that still haven’t even heard of the concept of working one-on-one with a business or professional coach. I’m also disappointed how resistant and un-open these same lawyers are to the concept of working with someone to assist them in growing their practice. I just don’t get it. What’s wrong with making it easier to succeed in your law practice?
I’ve worked continuously with a professional coach since 1997. One of the first things I did when I discovered that such a resource existed, was hire a coach. I’ve worked with over six different coaches one-on-one since my first coach. I hire a professional coach to help me pay attention, plan, and make the kinds of the changes I need to be successful and especially proactive in my business.
This was especially true in the early years of my coaching lawyers practice when there was so much marketing I needed to do in order to succeed at this much unknown profession. Fortunately I’ve meet and worked with a lot of amazing lawyers that are not slow to change.
See my website www.coachingforchange.com for further information about my coaching style and services.