How to Protect Your Company from Employee Poaching

For most companies, their greatest resource is their employees.  The best defense against employee poaching is to know the engagement level of your key leaders and staff.  Do they feel valued,  appreciated  and supported in their career plan?  Do the company’s values reflect more than simply revenues and the “bottom line?”

When the Competition Is Trying to Poach Your Top Employee Great article from @HBR, “When the Competition Is Trying to Poach Your Top Employees” – by Rebecca Knight.

Trish Pratt,  Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area.

What Does Your Team Want From You?

As a manager or executive leading an organization, you may be very clear about what you need from your team.  And do you know what they need from you?

This interesting article Millennials Want to Be Coached at Work, from Harvard Business Review looks at survey results from 1,400 Millennials and what they want from their work.  The shift from old-style, top-down management continues to blossom and young professionals want more from their management than simply “direction.”  The study shows young professionals are more open and interested in feedback and self-development than previous generations.

These same qualities reflect why business and career coaching is a continually greater and more integral aspect of business leadership programs.  And many professionals today, even those further along in their career, want more self-development, authenticity, inspiration and support.


Trish Pratt, Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area.

Bold Leadership

Career Coaching for Career Boldness

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. — Nelson Mandela

As you step further into your career, further along a career path you are building, you may realize you want something more.  You want to be excited by your work and energized by bold possibilities!

Nelson Mandela says so much in this great quote.  Heed his encouragement and take the career path that brings more of you to your life.

Make 2017 your best career year yet!

Trish Pratt, Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area.

Three Things that Energize Your Career

Work responsibilities such as an endless list of deadlines, overtime and high standards can sideline your work enjoyment and leave you feeling pressure, burnout or disengagement.

Whether you’re a manager looking to motivate your staff, or an individual looking at career options Three Things that Actually Motivate Employees from @HBR looks at what makes an individual’s “work engine” fire on all cylinders.  @RosabethKanter beautifully narrows it down to 3 clear and tangible things.


Emphasize your positive impact.  Make it a great day!

Trish Pratt –  Executive and Career Development Coach, Greater Boston area.


Have Enough Introverts on Your Marketing Team?

Introverts in Sales and Marketing…?  You bet.  When hiring for their sales or marketing team, managers often look directly to the classical profile of the extroverted sales person and forget to include introverts.  Who better than introverts to listen to and understand a client’s needs?  And from a DISC perspective, a well-rounded team is often the ideal.



Great article, “Why Marketing Needs More Introverts” from @HBR and @eddieyoonTCG on the value introverts bring to Marketing.



Trish Pratt,  Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area.

Sailing Executive Career Success

At the Helm of Work and Career Success

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So
throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain

One of my favorite quotes. Whether you’re finding your way in a new job or career… taking your business in a new direction, or an executive leading your organization through challenges to new opportunities, Mr. Twain’s wisdom rings loudly and clearly.
Be bold. Listen to your inner wisdom. Trust life. Trust yourself!

Work/Life Balance — Where Companies Win

Do you find yourself working hard to excel in your work accomplishments, only to find yourself wondering what has happened to your life?  i.e., your family time, your exercise plan, or your simple need to eat right and relax?

Navigating the balance and success of business, family, health and enjoyment can be confusing and itself a stressful goal.

“Why You Hate Work” a great article from Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath, speaks directly to companies about the benefits they receive when their employees get what they need from their work.

Don’t settle for a life of stressful, work trade-offs.  Consider working with a coach to clarify your priorities and enjoy the success of balance!



Trish Pratt,  Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area.