7 Leadership Challenges that Executive Coaches Address Head-on:

Leadership is about influence, and positive, productive communication.  Leaders are called to think in a forward direction, recognizing possibilities for innovation and new levels of purposeful progress.  They are team builders.  They are propellers of energy, engagement, and solutions.  

And leaders are human.  Their behaviors can go out of alignment and get in the way of creativity, connection, and accomplishment.  

Executive coaches support leaders in stepping forward to their vision, and managing the course of direction for their organization or company.

 7 Key leadership challenges that executive coaches support clients in addressing are:  

  1. Leaning away from stale or less than effective strategies to Embrace innovation.
  2. Spending less time in frustration to Manage engagement and energy to stay in flow.
  3. Depending less on tactical communications to Expand their communication style to build more positive and potential-filled relationships. 
  4. Reacting less from old habitual patterns to Respond more from authenticity and other strengths. 
  5. Asking fewer questions from the intention to give advice to Strengthen their capacity to hear what is being said. 
  6. Spending less time “on the fence” of indecision to Build a leadership framework to support solid decision-making.  
  7. Presenting less from pattern extremes to Step further into the power of authentic Leadership Presence.


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

5 Tips in 5 Parts – Transforming Leadership Disagreements into Leadership Alignment – Part 5

~ what to do when your leadership team clashes more than it agrees ~ 

This 5-part February series is about aligned leadership. If you are the leader of an organization, the manager of a team, or part of a team that can spend too much time struggling to find agreement, I’m confident you will find at least two take-aways for helping your team stay aligned and attain their highest-level success. This is Part 5 of the series.

Are continuous leadership disagreements stalling your company’s success? When “varied perspectives” become continually disagreeing perspectives, the success of your organization or company can suffer the consequences. Delayed decisions, meetings that take too much time, and discussions that focus more on problems than solutions, are sometimes only the top layer of what’s not working.

There are numerous possible recurrent issues, such as a major conflict regarding the organization itself to an increase in a team member’s personal stress-level. When team conflicts consistently arise, your ability to get a clear sense of the cause or problem is a first step in addressing it.

Part 5

Unsettled time in the company or organization  Times of transition can add a layer of tension and uncertainty. It’s not uncommon for underlying concerns regarding impact of possible changes on the organizational structure, staffing needs (especially a possible down-sizing), etc. to cause a deeper, sometimes more subtle tension in a team. This tension can translate to less agreement, less creativity, and less enthusiasm in your meetings.

Moving forward  A time of transition is a great reminder for the need for grounded leadership.  Generally speaking, these times require more frequent communication, clearer communication, and more checking in with team members regarding their concerns sooner rather than later.

Keeping your organization’s mission, purpose, and values, front and center in meetings, is one of the most powerful supports from which to lead your team.  A shift in direction, organizational structure or other aspects of your company or organization, signals the need to check in with the framework of your strategic plan to re-clarify, re-state, and so re-align your team.

And lastly, from “How to Overcome Your Fear of Change at Work” a reminder from Forbes contributors David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom, to share important details, deadlines and objectives with your team and leave the door open for their questions and concerns as they arise. Reducing tension and stress supports greater openness and trust at meetings, which allows people to engage more fully in their work and bring their highest level of productivity.

This is part 5 of a 5-part series. Click here Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 to read from the beginning. If you don’t already follow my blog, sign up now (in the right-hand column) to receive email notifications of future posts. I appreciate your readership and welcome your thoughts and comments!


Thought is the sculptor of Leadership

“Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.”  – Henry David Thoreau

Leadership is about awareness — awareness of our thoughts and behaviors.  When we notice thought patterns that may be holding us back, we can shift these thoughts to help us lean into our power, creativity, and confidence and so open the door to opportunity and possibility.

Noticing our thoughts gives us the power to change them and so change ourselves.

Sounds so easy, doesn’t it?

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

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.

Expand Self-Awareness: Unlock Your Leadership Strengths

Where are YOU holding yourself back?


In his book Life Unlocked, brain and psychology expert, Dr. Srini Pillay (@srinipillay), describes how science shows it’s not simply the fears you’re aware of that can stop you, but also the fears of your unconscious brain.  When unconscious fears get in the way, you may find yourself wondering what happened to your goal, or why you’re not moving forward or feeling energized by your plan.  At these times it’s easy to feel  frustrated, perhaps even stalled out, and distract yourself with a change of direction.

And this is a perfect place for taking greater notice of what you really want.  Consider how you can expand and deepen your self-awareness and stay on the path of confidence and fulfillment.  Whether through meditation, developing some awareness practices described in leadership books, or working with a coach, expanded self-awareness will help you see any self-imposed limits for what they are, and lead from your true values and strengths.

Unlock your leadership strengths and claim your career success!


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

The Power of DISC and Your Career Success: Part 5 of a 5-part series

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In parts 1 through 4 of this series we discussed DISC and how it can bolster career success. We looked at the strengths of each DISC dimension and some of the coaching challenges that can show up with each.

As you read through the brief descriptions, did you recognize a dimension that describes you in your work? Perhaps you saw your strengths in one, clear dimension, such as a D, I, S, or C. And maybe your strengths are best described by two or even three dimensions together? A combination of dimensions is not unusual and a DISC report is based on the measure of each dimension as it contributes to your career success. Along with providing you with specific information regarding where you fall in the DISC model, a DISC report can also provide you with the fifteen most common patterns.

What’s your biggest take-away?

From a Career Development coach’s perspective the most important information here is that the DISC can help you expand your career success in the following key areas:

  • Understanding of behavioral strengths and challenges
  • Description of your ideal work environment and what motivates you in your work
  • Ways to increase your effectiveness at work
  • Understanding of motivating and demotivating factors
  • Strategies for expanding your communication approach
  • Strategies for expanding your management style
  • Ways to increase your sales success

What clients say…

Typically sounds like “I’m amazed that the 24 simple questions captured me so accurately!” Or “How great to see my strengths and challenges listed so clearly!”
If you’re interested in learning more about how DISC might be the perfect support to your career, consider taking this assessment for yourself. It takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and you will have your report within 1 to 2 business days. Mention this post and receive a 10% discount on an expanded DISC PPSS report.

Not quite ready? View a sample report by sending an email via https://trishpratt.com/contact-4/
with “sample DISC” in the content line.


Trish Pratt, Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston Area

The Power of DISC and Your Career Success: Part 4 of a 5-part series

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Moving on to the fourth dimension of the DiSC, let’s look at the “C”.

Conscientiousness, Quality, Details and Standards – these are hallmark strengths of a high “C” dimension. Where the “I” and “S” dimensions include the ability to sense or “see” the big picture of a situation. “C” qualities are about discerning and details.

Having a co-worker or staff member with a strong “C” dimension, means working with someone who will notice the standards and mind the details. If you’re an individual with high “C” traits, you look to manage your work and career from lower risk strategies and prefer environments that reflect high-quality results.  As with the first three dimensions we discussed, the “C” dimension also has its strengths and challenges.

Some Coaching challenges for the high “C” dimension are:

  • Need for higher standards – frustration with management’s or team’s lack of work/project standards and quality, and/or lack of planning.
  • Unstable environment – frustration with organization’s changing goals, lack of focus or plan.
  • Lack of time – to accomplish quality work; feeling pressured to accomplish too much in too short of time.
  • Communication difficulties – regarding above, or complaints from others who feel criticized or micro-managed.
  • Frustrating feedback — Complaints from management or team regarding productivity and/or slow decision-making.
  • Work/Life balance challenges – too much work, too little support, struggles with delegating.

If you relate to any of these challenges, notice how your “C” strengths support your work, and yet also go out of balance from time to time. The “C” dimension brings a set of great leadership qualities that are often seen in financial executives, accountants, engineers, attorneys, and others. Consider a DiSC assessment to help you leverage your “C” and expand your career leadership potential!

If your organization is ready to streamline their team effectiveness, contact Trish for more information on how a team DiSC Workshop can expand communication and elevate your team success!