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It's never too late to learn coaching skills

By Michael Shaw, Consultant and Former Managing Partner, Cobbetts  

19 April 2013

It will soon be a year since I retired from my old law firm. You will recall that I had spent my entire career there, so I will not deceive you by pretending that the move to consulting with my sole colleague, Jacques Rouselle (my dog), has been without personal difficulty along the way. After a lifetime in one business, there have been some big changes on a number of levels.

However, I have now got to a point where I am enjoying a sense of stability. I’m generating enough work to feel financially secure, which is allowing me to actually enjoy the days when I’m not working. At the risk of sounding smug, I am enjoying life.

On a personal level, one of the most valuable things I have done over the past 12 months was to enrol at Henley Business School for its Professional Certificate in Coaching. I reasoned that, if I was to sell my accumulated knowledge and experience in leading a law firm, I ought to make sure that my coaching and mentoring comp...

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