80: How Companies Are Training Their External Coaches: Van Latham, Ph.D

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I am committed to bringing to you the very best resources to grow your coaching practice and would like to shift our focus today to those coaches who are working within an organization. Even if you are not an executive or industrial coach, I think there is so much for you to glean from our expert guest Dr. Van M Latham.

Dr. Latham is going to share his unique perspective on how companies are specifically training external coaches to work within their organization. As companies are increasingly using external executive coaches to work with leaders, some are increasing their oversight and training of the outside coaches they engage. He is going to explain today how we can marry the expertise of a coach with the needs of an organization while sharing some specific training experiences that he has received as an external coach.

Van M. Latham is an Industrial/Organizational psychologist specializing in Human Resources management. Dr. Latham works in all areas of Human Capital but is known primarily for his work in organizational and leadership development. At PathPoint, he has helped businesses improve organizational capability and performance through effective people practices. He has consulted with some of the world’s most recognizable companies and brands, such as American Express, CVS/Caremark, Dollar General, Harvard University, Hershey’s, and many more! Prior to founding PathPoint Consulting, Dr. Latham held leadership roles in Human Resources and Management and Organizational Development at PepsiCo (Pepsi-Cola and Pizza Hut). Most recently he was the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Iron Mountain, Inc. Prior to his business career, Dr. Latham was an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior at Creighton University.

In addition to leading PathPoint, Dr. Latham serves as an executive coach in the Harvard Business School’s executive education programs. He also angel invests in HR Technology start-ups. He serves on the Advisory Board of HireVue as well as the Editorial Board of EEO Insights. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology where he has served on the Professional Practice Committee. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Baylor University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Wayne State University.

More in this episode:

  • Van and I share our mutual interest in tailoring executive coaching for each individual company.
  • The types of training that Van has received before coaching.
  • Coaches need to learn how to work the internal systems and technology.
  • A better understanding of the coaching process enables clients to get more out of it.
  • Coaches gain clarity by being a part of the conversation at every step of the way.
  • The outcomes Van has experienced using his process.
  • Training is both virtual and on site.
  • Get a clear definition of what a coach can and cannot do.
  • How to bring coaching into the DNA of your organization.
  • The components of effective executive coaching.
  • The data you provide is incredibly valuable.

Resources

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