Coaching for Attorneys – Book Available Now
Description of the Book
Coaching for Attorneys is an exciting new book by Certified Performance Coach, Cami McLaren (of McLaren Coaching) and Sacramento attorney Stephanie Finelli (Law Offices of Stephanie Finelli). As the title promises, this book will help busy attorneys increase productivity and attain balance in their practices and in their lives. The book is styled as a coaching tool for attorneys. It contains the tools Cami uses in her business coaching attorneys. If you read the book and apply the tools/do the homework, you will see changes in your practice. You will learn to manage your time better and improve communication with staff and at home. You will learn to set and attain your business goals. You will learn the REALITY model of client enrollment – bringing them in and keeping them satisfied. The book is easy to understand and contains plenty of examples to help you apply the tools. Making change is simple but it is not always easy. Be ready to work–just like if you hired a coach!Click here to view the Table of Contents for Coaching for Attorneys
About the Authors
Cami McLaren specializes in coaching attorneys individually and in law firms. Her focus is on improving productivity while attaining and maintaining balance. The legal profession has traditionally been one of high time pressure, heavy workload and low overall life satisfaction. In the past, those who found success practicing law typically did so at considerable personal cost, often forgoing time with spouse and family or sacrificing their health and personal life. Many of today’s younger lawyers are unwilling to make such sacrifices. Many of today’s older lawyers are tired of sacrificing in this way as well. Lawyers sometimes leave the practice of law after realizing it is not a good fit for them – they may enjoy the work, but cannot figure out how to incorporate it into their lives as a whole. There is another way. Coaching provides the paradigm shift necessary to create that new way of practicing.
Informed by her own experiences practicing for 16 years, Cami teaches and coaches to improving communication skills, creating more effective and positive relationships and developing better time management skills and productivity. Cami presents workshops on these topics to law firms, bar associations and the public. She has written articles for various legal publications. Her book Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance will be published by the ABA in December 2013.
Stephanie Finelli earned her J.D. in 1994 from the University of California, Davis School of Law and became a member of the State Bar of California later that year. After a one-year fellowship writing amicus briefs to the California and United States Supreme Courts on a variety of criminal constitutional issues, she began working for a small firm practicing in the areas of complex business litigation and legal malpractice. She left in 2003 to form the Law Office of Stephanie J. Finelli, where she practices to this day, focusing primarily on civil litigation and appeals.
Stephanie’s contribution to the book was to provide examples and bring a real-world focus to the tools in the book using her own experience as a practitioner in the field for almost 20 years. As such, the book deals with and addresses the challenges and issues that lawyers actually face in the “trenches” of the practice.
Cami McLaren is available to speak on any topics in Coaching for Attorneys. Click here for a list of sample workshops (PDF). Call or email to book Cami for your event.
Working through this workbook will be the defining feature that distinguishes you as an attorney who is ready to make a change and committed to attaining your desired results. As we say in chapter 4, “commitment shows up in action.” Getting this workbook and using it is the action that will help you use and internalize these tools. These tools will not become part of your nature unless you use them. Just reading the book is not enough. So we acknowledge you for getting the workbook. Now use it!
This downloadable workbook includes all of the written exercises and action steps suggested in Coaching for Attorneys, plus many more.
Coaching for Attorneys – The Class
This class is directed at attorneys like yourself. It is designed to help you internalize the tools in the book, Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance. In this class, you will learn skills to enroll clients, as well as learning strong communication skills, and trust-building skills. It will be hands-on; we will practice enrollment skills – how to sign up new clients! Note that class participants may include partners, associates and sole practitioners, as well as in-house counsel and possibly even paralegals and law clerks. The class is designed to work in a public forum (i.e., with attorneys from different areas, practices, firms, walks of life); or to be brought in-house to be taught to lawyers and even support staff within the firm. This latter option is invaluable in getting all members of the firm “on the same page,” speaking the same language, and using the same tools to support each other and create a shift in firm culture.
You will set goals each week and will be held accountable for doing what you promise every week. The style of the class will be partly teaching and partly coaching, facilitated by Certified Performance Coach and author, Cami McLaren. The purpose of this class is to learn tools and be coached to move to the next level in your business, whether that is financial growth, organization, better communication, or excellent employee relations. Only come to this class if you are 100% committed to learn, improve and develop your business, moving to the next level and willing to be accountable to do whatever it takes to get there.
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I took this class when I was working as an associate at a small firm. The communication and time management sessions were particularly helpful to me in managing my work relationships and my workload. I recall thinking at the time that every attorney who works with clients should take this class to develop relationships based on shared goals and expectations. I also feel that any employer or manager would benefit from the skills and tools that I took away from the class.
Holding the class over a period of ten weeks is brilliant. The concepts that I learned in the class are only helpful if I actually use them. By extending the duration of the class, rather than cramming the entire course into a day or two, the concepts were reinforced with every homework assignment, sharing, and in-class exercise. Change is not easy, and changing the way that I communicate is definitely a continuing challenge.
I left the small firm and started my own solo practice while taking Cami’s advanced class. I still carry my class notebook around with me to keep the great information and tools at my fingertips. I learned something from my fellow classmates at each session. These courses helped me to move myself and my business forward, and I thank Cami for that gift.
Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Litigation Attorney
Law Offices of Pamela Jones
Praise for Coaching for Attorneys!
“Not just for attorneys… This book is for anyone who is feeling powerless, or “burnt out” in their professional life, and is ready to reinvest in themselves to regain control, and a sense of purpose. An easy guide book, that lowers stress, and allows you to focus on what is important in your life. I recommend this book enthusiastically!!”
Michael Allen, RN, JD
California Assemblymember 2010 Term
“Coaching for Attorneys is a “must read” for all lawyers – and law students as well. It offers sensible and specific tips, exercises, and practices that allow harried and overstressed attorneys alternatives for safe and sane professional and private lives. It truly is a book that provides coaching that may well promote excellence in your practice and balance in your life. In a time when the pressures on lawyers are tremendous, Coaching for Attorneys provides a thoughtful, balanced, and insightful antidote.”
Kevin R. Johnson
Dean, UC Davis School of Law
“The Finelli-McLaren approach is terrific. I couldn’t put it down. They give down-to-earth advice to harried lawyers who want to lower their stress-levels, using real life examples from the day-to-day practice of law. Should be read by every lawyer and law student.”
Professor of Law, Golden Gate University
“As an attorney of 40 years, including many years as a practice manager and managing partner at a major California law firm and teaching the business of law as an adjunct professor, I commend Coaching for Lawyers to every new and established attorney. The content of this book by this highly respected business coach and attorney can be used in every aspect of an attorney and firm’s business and practice to greatly improve personal performance and the bottom line. Every law school should consider it mandatory reading.”
Robert E. Murphy
“I suppose that like many who have held leadership positions for any length of time, I felt confident in my abilities. I accepted a complimentary coaching session with Cami out of curiosity rather than perceived need. Wow! She opened my eyes. Our weekly sessions became an indispensable part of my role as managing partner, helping me to clearly articulate challenges, set goals and define clear and effective action steps. The results have been spectacular. Read this book. Apply it. Set your goals high. With Cami’s guidance you can achieve them.”
San Ramon, California