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!

Communication Effectiveness – Getting to the Bottom Line

In working together with executives and other professionals to both assess and expand communication effectiveness, we look at their communication habits – the habits that are strengths and support them in their work, and also the habits that may be hindering their communication and work success.  It’s from this awareness that new strategies for effectiveness can lead the way.

This article from Forbes and @susanadams, looks at  “How to Communicate Effectively at Work” , a book written by Karen Friedman.  Both article and book give some helpful tips for communication success.  My favorite:  Be “crisp, clear and concise!”

Step into clear and effective communication strategies to elevate your career success!


Trish Pratt,  Your Greater Boston Executive and Career Development Coach

Career Success and “Perfect Fit” Interviews

When coaching executives and other professionals in the area of job search and interviewing, I remind them that a successful interview comes together as a complete picture.  It’s up to you, the applicant, to deliver the context for the interview — the big picture of how you, your experience and the particular position align.

Like a jigsaw puzzle, a successful job interview requires having all the necessary pieces (job requirements). More importantly, a successful interview requires putting those pieces together in a way that shows a perfect fit!



Discover Your Executive and Career Development Patterns

“The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.” ― James Allen (1864 -1912)

From an author and philosopher who lived so long ago, this quote speaks so concisely to who we are in our work success and lives today.

Whether you’re an executive leading an organization or company, or an individual managing your career, your patterns of beliefs and perceptions are reflected in your work accomplishments and success. These patterns can sometimes hold you back and/or limit your results.  And with increased awareness, your patterns can propel you forward to greater fulfillment, work success, and expanded leadership presence.

Consider signing up for a complimentary Results Accelerator™  introductory session. Your patterns are waiting to be discovered!

The Coaching Hammer — and Why You Don’t Need One

Sometimes when looking to hire a coach, individuals will talk about needing accountability support. Speaking of their frustration, potential clients will sometimes say they are looking for a coach who will “hit them over the head with a hammer” if they don’t do what they say they’re going to do.

If you’re like most people, you have had times of frustration with not moving forward on a particular goal or project. You know what you want to accomplish and the steps for getting it done. And yet at the end of the day or week, you realize you haven’t moved forward, i.e., the article didn’t get written, the phone calls didn’t get made, the filing didn’t happen, etc. At these times, you may find yourself thinking, “If I had someone holding me accountable, I would get that done.”

Accountability is certainly an aspect of coaching. Having someone who is seriously committed to your success is powerful support. Accountability can sometimes be addressed by creating a system, restructuring your time management or organization, delegating, etc. And sometimes, there’s a bigger goal hidden in your agenda – one of missing clarity, conflicting agendas, a lack of confidence, or others.

If you’re thinking of hiring a coach only for the accountability support – looking only for the “hammer over the head”, you may want to ask a friend or colleague to partner with you on this. Find an accountability partner that is equally invested in success — that is reliable and will be direct with you. Set clear goals and check in with each other to champion each other’s progress. The cost is low. The value is yours to determine.

On the other hand, if you want to gain new perspective regarding what has been in the way of your accountability or accomplishment, so that you can step more fully into your potential… If you would like to transform how you bring yourself to your work – to your focus, organization, energy, confidence, etc., hiring a coach may make great sense and be a priceless investment.

If you’re ready to expand your business, leadership, or professional success to the high level that awaits you … Claim your vision. Hire a coach. Go for the big stuff! And forget the hammer.

What helps you with your accountability?

I welcome your thoughts and comments. Please feel free to send an email or post a response. I appreciate the opportunity to share my work with you and value the learning that comes from people sharing their thoughts and ideas.

Are You Working for a Micromanager?

Businesswoman standing on a ladder looking through binoculars

Recognize the 7 Traits

Micromanagers are out there.  You may work for one.  You may be one.  The term micromanagement generally refers to someone who manages a project, team or staff member using techniques that involves overly close supervision, and a lack of desire or ability to delegate tasks– especially decision-making authority.

There are varying degrees of micromanaging – ranging from a boss who needs frequent, detailed updates to one who exhibits bullying or threatening behavior.  As they have typically experienced some level of success in their work, when made aware of their behavior, may defensively react in a way that says “the ends justify the means.”

From an “outside” perspective a micromanager may appear successful.  Projects may get completed, schedules may be met, and results achieved.  These managers are often hard workers and sometimes hold the “hard working” standard for their group.  However, from a closer perspective, it’s easy to see the “fall out” that results from what some would call an “abuse of authority”, is real, and can cost a company in ways they may not (or choose not to) recognize.

Typical “fall out” looks like: stress.  The manager using these techniques is typically stressed.   More importantly, their staff members are stressed.  Turnover is higher.  Staff creativity and productivity are lower.  Work communication inside a micromanager’s group, as well as between their group and others, is more closed and stifled.  At the extreme end, there can be secrecy, ranging from secret agendas to secret threats.

7 Traits of a Micromanager

1) A need for frequent progress updates.  This is the hallmark and often most visible trait of a micromanager.  Whether through their reporting system, or drop-in conversations, they want frequent updates regarding: work conversations you’ve had or know about; [read more] Continue reading

An Executive Coach’s 5 Tips for Getting into Your Productivity Groove

  1. Embrace energizing goals. You may or may not consider yourself a goal-oriented person. One key lies in finding the “right” goals – the ones that spark your energy and creativity. Here is a “career goal” worksheet to help you uncover and define the New Year goals that will “pump you up!”
  2. Notice your focus. Begin by noticing what takes you “off focus.” Is it a specific time of day? Or are you easily distracted by unopened emails? …Or the happenings on social media? You may need to connect with people. And you may simply be avoiding the task at hand. Acknowledging challenges and addressing distractions proactively can be key to increasing your productivity. Which brings us to…
  3. Have a WIP!  Ground yourself with a WIP (works in progress) spread sheet . One of the best defenses against distractions is a clear list of tasks to return to after being pulled off-track. Email Trish ( for a beautifully-blank WIP to get you started.
  4. Clog Up the Drains.  Not the ones in the kitchen or bath! …but the ones that are zapping your energy. Energy drains such as: a messy office where finding things is taking too much of your time; the regret you have about what you said, didn’t say, did or didn’t do regarding a relative, friend, colleague, etc.; or the indecision you feel about …? well anything. These drains can zap your energy, wear down your enthusiasm and cause your mind to work too hard for only fruitless results. So ease up on yourself. Take necessary actions to clear up or clean up anything that isn’t sitting well with you. Begin with one change. And move on into the flow~~.
  5. Notice Your Thoughts. What researchers notice is that we often quickly and easily believe any negative thoughts about ourselves, but look endlessly for validation of our positive thoughts or traits. The result of all this can undo your confidence and cause you to lead your life, work, and decisions from a place of indecision and doubt. So step bravely and confidently into your attributes and accomplishments! You really are incredible!

Wishing you a new year of happiness, and your perfect goals achieved!