How to be a More Effective Mentor


If you are a regular reader you likely know that I frequently say:

Teaching is about giving the right answers. Coaching is about asking the right questions. I say this frequently because I am always tempted to give the answer.

A lawyer who is a friend of mine asked me to share examples of questions he could use with a lawyer he is mentoring. I thought it might be valuable to share those questions with you. If you are coaching or mentoring lawyers in your firm, you want to first determine what the lawyer you are coaching/mentoring wants to achieve. I ask questions like:

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