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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 International’s 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 1997–98 and also served as editor of Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Theory, published by APA, from 1991–97. 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 Journal’s special issue on change management.

Coordinator: Kalen Pieper, Bristol-Myers Squibb

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