As to legal practice, in particular, Partners in Thought® coaching for lawyers is well developed and includes, among other services, tools and strategies for: serving law clients’ real (often unspoken) needs; thriving in the law firm environment; managing and leading teams; handling difficult relationships, and regulating one’s own emotions or behavior; dealing with mountebanks, narcissists, and adversarial competitors; optimal negotiations, drafting, and mediation techniques; successful business development (within and outside the firm); mentoring, delegating, and supervising others; managing stress and time; and succession planning. Because lawyers tend to be high achievers, they can particularly benefit from Partners in Thought® coaching for high achievers.
Our head coach, Jeff Schneider, has particular expertise, experience and insights into the legal profession and law practice. For 28 years, Jeff was a lawyer, most recently as General Counsel to a closely-held national company, and before that, stints at a large international law firm, a mid-sized regional firm, and as managing partner of his own firm. Rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbel; included in the annual list of Best Lawyers in America®; named a “Super Lawyer” by an independent rating service; and named a top lawyer by San Diego Magazine. For 20 years, Jeff also taught law school and regularly presided as a temporary judge. He served as Chairman of the California State Bar Real Property Section, Chairman of the California State Bar’s Commercial and Development Subsection, Chairman of the San Diego County Bar's Real Property Section, and Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association. Jeff has trained and coached lawyers on behalf of Bar Associations, law firms, and independent training organizations.
The box below forms the basis of exploration and discussion for one of Partners in Thought® interactive workshops, The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Lawyers.
To maintain these traits, successful lawyers are inquisitive, always seeking opportunities to learn and grow. They ask questions not with the intent of eliciting a particular answer, but rather with the genuine interest in learning something new (excluding in trials and depositions, of course).