A call to arms: if as coaches we want to make a REAL difference: let’s seize the Legal Education Training Review (LETR) opportunity
by Meyler Campbell
For years good business coaches in the legal sector have often been the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, now it’s at last our chance to be the fence at the top. Much of the misery, or confusion, we see in our coachees is caused the fact that traditionally, in complete contrast with say the accounting profession, even the most basic management skills (eg. how to give feedback properly) were not, some honourable exceptions apart, taught in legal training. And coaching was not included, taught, or even mentioned. Now we have a once in our working lifetime opportunity to fix that: the Legal Education Training Review (LETR) is coming to a close after a long period of searching scrutiny and we have been invited, indeed encouraged, to comment on the final draft report.
Tactically, while Meyler Campbell would be happy to co-ordinate as much of the profession’s input as we can, we have been advised this would be unwise, as it would then be treated as only a single submission – much better for the powers that be to see the breadth and range of professional power behind as many as possible separate submissions, no matter how short. Also it’s good business for the major names in coaching in the legal sector to stand up and be counted, be respected as serious contributors to the profession, named in the report.
But we all care about our work far beyond the simple business sense of it – many people come into business coaching to make a difference, well here’s a chance to leave a legacy not just for one year, or ten, but for decades to come, and to make a positive impact on thousands of lives, and the hundreds of thousands of people with whom more focused, effective and fulfilled lawyers will then come into more positive daily contact.
For more info on LETR please go to http://letr.org.uk/about/faqs/#faq1.
Your submission must be in by 28th September 2012