October 18th MPPAW Meeting

Join us for our social hour at 5:30 complete with complimentary food and beverages for purchase. There is plenty of time to network before the speaker presentation begins at 6:20.

Speaker(s): Vicki Vandaveer, Ph.D., Business Consulting and Coaching Psychologist and SIOP Fellow
Topic: The Important Role – and Obligation – of IO Psychology in Advancing the Practice and Science of Executive Coaching
Location: Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown: 1500 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Program Description:

Key findings of the practice analysis and competency study of executive coaching by psychologists conducted in 2014-15 by Vandaveer, Lowman, Pearlman and Brannick* included the identification of different theoretical models, knowledge and skills across the 29 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) interviewed, and among the 282 respondents to the subsequent online survey of SCP and SIOP members who do coaching. These differences, of course, primarily reflected the particular areas of graduate training in which they earned their doctorate degrees. It is clear to many who practice executive coaching that their graduate training is insufficient preparation for effectiveness in executive coaching, which is consistent with the conclusions of the researchers in the foundational competency study.

As an I/O psychologist by graduate training (1976-81), Dr. Vandaveer will very briefly describe her path to doing executive coaching, including the kinds of learning and skill-building she has had over the past 25 years that have been essential for effectiveness in coaching executives and their teams.

As the title of her talk indicates, her primary focus will be on (A) the important role of I/O in coaching psychology, as well as its limitations, using illustrative vignettes from actual cases; and (B) what she sees as I/O psychology’s and I/O psychologists’ obligation in helping to advance the practice and science of executive coaching within psychology — particularly in light of the leading edge developments in leadership and coaching, as featured in SIOP’s 2017 Leading Edge Consortium. Small groups will then brainstorm the implications, possibilities, and what “I/we” can/will do to (A) help build a strong practice and evidence base for executive coaching within our professional discipline of psychology and beyond, and (B) build and deepen our own and others’ coaching expertise. A full group debrief will be followed by Q&A.

Vicki Vandaveer, Ph.D.
Business Consulting and Coaching Psychologist
SIOP Fellow

A business consulting and coaching psychologist, I help leaders and their organizations, excel in today’s rapidly changing, increasingly complex and uncertain world.

From the “C-Suite”, Managing Partner executives, and/or senior Academic Leadership – to mid-level high potential individuals – I help leaders improve business performance through effective Leadership, teamwork and strategic change.

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