Workshop 9 (Half Day)
Demystifying Managerial and Executive Coaching
H. Skipton Leonard and Marc Sokol
Personnel Decision International (PDI)
Coaching continues to be popular among managers and executives. What
exactly do experienced coaches do that makes a difference for their clients? What
assumptions about how people develop affect the way we choose to coach and what we focus
on? Is coaching just the "art of being helpful" or are there also a set of
principles that can help us more effectively meet the needs of our clients? This half-day
Workshop is for anybody who currently does coaching or believes they have the skills to be
an effective coach. We focus on the "nuts and bolts" of coaching and will
observe these skills in action. Our purpose is to provide an opportunity to learn about
effective coaching practices and to compare what works for different coaches.
H. Skipton Leonard, Ph.D. is an Executive Consultant and head of
the coaching practice in Personnel Decisions Internationals Washington, D.C. office.
He has over 20 years of experience helping organizations hire, retain and develop the best
executive and managerial talent. Skip has also consulted closely with management in
efforts to manage significant and fundamental changes in organizational structure, work
processes, strategy, and culture. Skip received his doctoral degree in psychology from New
York University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in organizational consultation at
NIH. He was elected the President of APA Division 13 (Consulting Psychology) for
199798 and also served as editor of Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and
Theory, published by APA, from 199197. He has been a frequent presenter at APA
and national conferences on consultation, has numerous publications and presentations to
his credit, and has co-authored a graduate-level management textbook.
Marc Sokol, Ph.D. is General Manager for the Washington, D.C.
office of Personnel Decisions International (PDI). He supports PDI and its clients in the
areas of assessment and coaching, multi-rater feedback, training, organization and
management development. Marc received his doctoral degree in I-O psychology from the
University of Maryland. Since 1980, he has provided training and development services to
managers, teams and organizations within the federal government, to AT&T and Bell
Laboratories, and to smaller companies and consulting firms. Marc has also served as
adjunct faculty to the psychology department at Rutgers University and to the management
department at New York Polytechnic University. In 1997, he was guest editor for Consulting
Psychology Journals special issue on change management.
Coordinator: Kalen Pieper, Bristol-Myers Squibb
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