A young lawyer from a large international law firm and head of a small team was asked to decide whether he wanted to pursue a specialist career or a management position in the future. He had the prospect of succeeding his boss in one to two years. An external job assessment confirmed that he had potential for both career paths. In our coaching he said: “I am at a loss as to what I really want”.
My coachee was particularly influenced by his grandfather, who as a lawyer radiated profound knowledge, clarity and incorruptibility. In his school years and later in law school, he was positively supported by his parents with their statement: “The most important thing is, that you job makes you happy!”
His personal strengths were definitely in working on challenging problems. With his analytical mind he frequently found extraordinary solutions that he implemented with his team. But often, when working with other departments, he became impatient, didn´t listen enough and insisted on his opinion.
In recent years, the number of international cases had grown steadily. This meant that different legal expertise and expectations had to be brought to a common denominator in the negotiations. My coachee commented: “All this coordination and the constant struggle with my colleagues is totally wrecking my nerves”.