If you are a regular reader, you know I recently started coaching two groups of law firm associates. It is easy to say that the lawyers who get the most out of the coaching program, put the most into it. That is certainly true, but there is more to it than that.

I recently read the HBR blog: Nine Things Successful People Do Differently by Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson. When I looked at the list, I thought it could have been written about the most successful lawyers I have coached. It also made me think about my own list based on my experience. So here is my list of things the most successful lawyers I have coached do differently.They:

  1. Come into the coaching program with an open mind and willingness to make changes.
  2. Generally have a sense of what they want to accomplish in their career or in the next few years of their career.
  3. Give lots of thought to what they want to get out of the coaching program.
  4. Are open to new ideas and trying something that may not be in their comfort zone.
  5. Tend to lead their coaching group.
  6. Develop a plan that is meaningful to them.
  7. Find a way to hold themselves accountable.
  8. Prepare for our coaching sessions and have specific agenda items.
  9. Want to know books and articles to read to learn more.
  10. Feel an allegiance to other members of their coaching group.