Coaching Firm Lawyers and In-House Counsel

Frequent Questions

Reflect on What You Want in Your Legal Career.

results_iStock_000003896769XSmall_cropedNot sure how consulting can advance your career as an in-house lawyer and firm attorney?

Here's what Martha Newman can do for you.

  • Leadership – Learn the skills to become a leader in your department or a successful firm rainmaker.
  • Navigate firm politics - Avoid the "sink or swim" philosophy around the office by learning how to communicate and deal with firm leaders and department heads.
  • Manage your time and your staff – Don’t let the work day get away from you. Consulting teaches you how to make time management a priority.
  • Get a competitive edge – Set yourself apart. Consulting will show you how to strengthen individual branding by identifying competitive differentiators.
  • Recognize your strengths – Learn to narrow your practice focus and emphasize your strengths and skill set.
  • Market your value proposition – Make a value proposition work for you and your practice. Coaching will help refine your message and give you an edge in the market.
  • Polish your professional presence – From attire to attitude, coaching can help you create a professional presence that will make you stand out and succeed.
  • Teach team work – Some firms shy away from team work, but coaching will show you how to use it to your firm’s advantage.
  • Deepen your social intelligence – Learn and understand the art of connecting with other legal professionals on a deeper, more meaningful level - including tips for handling anxiety and reading social cues.

Once you're ready to advance your career, it's time to take the next step. Consider these 4 questions when choosing a career consultant for lawyers.

1) Is the coach licensed to practice law?

The answer here should be a resounding: YES!

Most attorneys feel more comfortable with a coach who has practiced law and understands the legal field.

Martha is among a small circle of lawyer coaches who hold a Juris Doctorate.  She is also licensed to practice in the state of Texas.  Her legal experience extends into the area of business litigation with an emphasis on oil and gas law.

2) Is the coach credentialed by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)?

The internationally recognized International Coach Federation is responsible for credentialing Professional Coaches – like Martha- and oversees the ethical practices of its members.

The credentialing process is rigorous. It requires top marks on all oral and written exams and verification of professional training and a requisite number of coaching hours.

3) Does the coach adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics?

If a coach is not credentialed by the ICF, that coach is under no obligation to adhere to an ethics code containing confidentiality provisions that govern client relationships.

As an ICF-credentialed coach,  Martha adheres to the strict ICF Code of Ethics and is subject to sanctions for violation of those code requirements.

4) Did the coach complete graduate school from a reputable university?

There are many for-profit coaching schools which have no academic affiliation.  Martha received her academic training and certification in executive and professional coaching from the Graduate School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. It is the only university program in the country to be honored with the coveted Prism Award of Excellence from the International Coaching Federation.

When you choose a career consultant, settle for nothing less than an experienced lawyer who has both academic training and ICF credentials.

 

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