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.

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.

Executive Coaching and the Power of Knowing Your Biases.

A great article from Steven Berglas, @HBS, “Don’t Try to Read Your Employees’ Minds”.   It’s a thoughtful reminder that what we think about someone else, whether the other person is our boss, co-worker or employee, says so much about our own patterns and perspectives.  It can be especially difficult to remember in moments of frustration or disappointment, that the lens we are looking through always has our distortions, our biases.  Whether those distortions are big or little, they are there and often just out of our awareness.

Berglas offers a couple of ways for purging your biases and expanding your EQ.  One simply stated way is to show empathy.  Stepping into an empathetic perspective can help put a bias “back in a drawer” and help you listen from a place of objectivity.  Expressing more empathy can often lead to actually feeling more empathy and more openness — key ingredients that will support you in expanding your questions, perspectives and decisions, and take your leadership abilities to new level of effectiveness.

For a greater self-awareness — to see the patterns of perception that are partnering with you in your success, consider signing up for a PaperRoom System experience.


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!