Don’t Hire a Coach for the Small Stuff

My goals for this blog are: 1) to provide information about coaching, and 2) to inspire you to realize your potential for happiness in your work. I’ve decided to present questions and ideas that often show up in coaching sessions and conversations with clients, and so topics will include:  Career and Job issues; Communication, Leadership, Decision-making, and Life Balance in terms of work and career.

Please feel free to send an email or post a response. I appreciate the opportunity to share my work with you and I value the learning that comes from people sharing their thoughts and ideas. And if you haven’t worked with a coach, I hope you will consider what unmet career potential awaits you.  Consider hiring a coach to be the lantern that helps you navigate your path to happiness. After all, if our work isn’t aligning with our happiness, what are we doing it for?

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.  And don’t hire a coach for it either. “What?!” you say, “Don’t hire a coach?”

Not for the small stuff.

Sometimes when considering a coaching program, individuals will ask if I will hold them accountable to their goals – if I will “hit them over the head” if they don’t do what they say they’re going to do.  “Hmmm…,” I say.  “I don’t typically use a hammer in my work.”  Kidding aside, accountability is certainly an aspect of working with a coach.  And as a coach, I support clients in their accountability to the extent and in the way that works for them.  However, if you’re thinking of hiring a coach only for the accountability support, you may want to ask a friend or colleague to partner with you for this.  Find an accountability partner.  Set clear goals and check in with each other and champion each other’s progress.  The cost is low.  The value is yours to determine.

On the other hand, if you want to understand what has been in the way of your accountability or accomplishment, and keeping you from your potential…  Or if you would like to transform how you bring yourself to your job, career or life, then hiring a coach may make great sense.  And the value of that work may be greater than any price tag.

Keep in mind that working with a professional coach involves a financial commitment that will likely reflect the value you are looking to attain in accomplishing your coaching goals.  So should you find yourself ready to open your career and life to all that they can be… Claim your vision.  Hire a coach.  Go for the big stuff!


About Trish Pratt, Certified Executive and Career Development Coach

Since starting my coaching business almost 20 years ago, I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of professionals ranging from C-suite executives to individual contributors. Growth areas have ranged from communication, team development and leadership presence, to refining career clarity and direction. I am propelled in my business by the desire to help people align their work success with their life success. Whether supporting leaders in creating a strategic plan that builds an aligned company culture, or supporting individuals in their personal leadership and productivity, I believe that success lies in your clearest and most energized mission and direction. Other accomplishments that support me in my work are: • 15+ years of corporate and individual experience – coaching professionals in their work strategies and career development. • Completed CoachU Coach Certification in 2002 • Completed Executive Coach Certification in 2003 from Executive Coaching Institute • Past Board and Committee member of the International Coach Federation (ICF)- New England • DISC expert and trainer since 2002 • Received Professional Coach Certification (PCC) in 2005 (requiring a minimum of 7500 active coaching hours) • Published in Human Resource Executive Magazine (“Empowering Key Managers”) • Inducted into The Results System™ (formerly PaperRoom™ System) Founder’s Circle in 2011 • Nominated for ICF-New England Executive Coach of the Year Award, 2014
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