COLM MURPHY – MURPHY & EVANS SOLICITORS
I have been practising as a Solicitor for 25 years. After qualifying I spent 10 years working for firms owned by other Solicitors. For the past 16 years I have been practising as a Solicitor on my own account. After such a period of time you get into a mould of doing things which is very much dictated by your own experience and fairly narrow vision. It can be quite a struggle to keep going never mind concentrating on changes and investing in the future.
At the beginning of 2006, I felt strongly that I wanted to go for change and to see myself breaking out of the mould that I was in, however I did not know how to go about it. As I was thinking about planning to build up a more vibrant and profitable business in a market which is very competitive, I met, Helen Burns of Action International (ActionCOACH) at a presentation on business coaching. The message she was giving seemed to be a response to my questions and need to expand my vision of my business.
The experience of having a business coach in a period of transition has been successful for me I think for two reasons;
- First, the message being taught was fundamental to all businesses; a simple and dynamic philosophy which anyone interested in making a living out of their business can follow with an objective to put you in control of the enterprise rather than the other way around.
- Second, having a coach with me for a definite period of time to support and push me with my objectives and targets is much more effective than attending a management course where you only pick up a certain amount of knowledge which you rapidly forget or fail to implement.
Within a short period of six months, I have succeeded in completing a merger with another legal practitioner expanding to a firm of 10 people altogether and purchasing a new premises in a vibrant new suburban business location for an investment of approximately 1 million Euro.
A solicitors core business involves retaining the trust of clients who have been carefully nurtured over the years however who says you can’t be a little adventurous in life, it’s never too late!