December Article of the Month - Coaching by Neil Olson
Coaching is a familiar term in sports but is being used in a new way, to talk about a new profession, addressing life and business issues. A coach is a professional trained in the arts of organization, communication, and interpersonal relationships. The coach is part motivator, part sounding board, and part taskmaster---all with a specific commitment to the individual’s values, goals and circumstances. A Coach may also be called on to work with a lawyer on problems or issues specific to the practice of law: to focus on client relationships or development; to deal with other lawyers, or to address the bench. In any case, coaching can help any lawyer become a more centered and focused person. Sounds nice, right? But coaching for lawyers? How on earth could a coach be of any practical assistance in the tough, competitive, analytical world of law?
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