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Coaching SIG: Stakeholder Management & Coaching in Complex Organizational Systems
Coaching SIG: Stakeholder Management & Coaching in Complex Organizational Systems


When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: New York Public Library
445 Fifth Avenue
5 Floor (Entrance 39th Street between Fifth and Madison)
New York City, New York  
United States
Dr. Sean O'Connor
Joyce Grillo


Coaching, as an evidenced based intervention, is gaining wider application within organizations in the support of leaders, groups and teams to meet the complex and rapidly evolving challenges of this age. However, much of the research supporting coaching as an intervention, has focused largely on individualistic approaches and outcomes - seriously limiting its application with complex context.

Join us for a thought provoking, interactive session where Dr. Sean O’Connor will challenge some of the assumptions of coaching, providing practical approaches to leveraging the system itself to support change initiatives of all kinds. Through taking a systems perspective on change, participants can start to identify ways to engage stakeholders, use feedback, measurement and other organizational processes, to support the success of coaching and other change initiatives.

Participants will:

• Understand the fundamentals of Stakeholder Engagement for coaching success.
• Use Systems Thinking to contextualize change expectation – maximizing outcomes.
• Explore feedback and measurement as supportive intervention design components.
• Learn how to leverage the organizational network of “connectivity and interaction” to maximize change impact. 

Dr Sean O’Connor is a practitioner, researcher, and academic within the fields of organizational development, positive psychology and leadership coaching. He brings an evidence based analytical, collaborative, and solution-focused approach to helping others to develop. For almost 15 years he has supported executives, senior leaders, and middle managers to develop and strengthen their leadership skills and adapt to organizational change through individual coaching, education and team interventions.

Sean has worked with leaders and executives in Healthcare, IT, Law, Finance, Telecommunications, Corporate Services, Academia, and throughout the Public Sector. Through the application of Positive Psychology, Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioural, and Solution-Focused approaches, Sean has assisted individuals and teams in adapting to organizational cultures and change, modifying dysfunctional behaviours, creating positivity within the organisational networks, and enhancing work performance. He has worked with senior executives and leadership teams to better deal with complexity in the workplace and to shift the climate through organizational change projects. He has also advised both government and private organisations on enhancing Well-Being and change through leadership development and the application of Social Network Analysis.

He teaches, trains and develops new coaches as part of the Master of Organizational Coaching Psychology program at the University of Sydney. He also supervises research into coaching, leadership and organizational change.

He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and written a number of book chapters on coaching, including Coaching with Groups and Teams (The SAGE Handbook of Coaching), and the Coaching Ripple Effect. He also undertakes peer review for a number of international journals, including, Coaching: An International Journal of Theory and Practice, Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research and Practice and the International Coaching Psychology Review.

His PhD research used Social Network Analysis to examine the Systemic impact of Leadership Coaching on the broader organization. The research on the Coaching Ripple Effect, considered a world first, won several awards and received recognition at multiple international conferences, including the Coaching in Healthcare & Leadership Conference at Harvard’s Institute of Coaching (2014) and the Congress on Cognitive Behavioral Coaching in Romania (2014). He was also awarded the Best Emerging Researcher at the Australia Positive Psychology Conference in 2012.

Sean has received numerous prestigious research grants, including a Templeton Grant (U.S.A.) for his research on the impact of Mindfulness and Positive Psychology in a Self Coaching intervention, and one of the largest Harnish Grants from Harvard’s Institute of Coaching for his PhD research.

Sean has a BSc in Psychology from the University of New South Wales, an MSc and PhD in Organizational Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney. 

5:30 to 6pm Registration/Networking
6 to 7:30 Speaker
7:30-8 Networking 

Costs: Free for Members; $45 Non-members 

October 16, 5pm


Free to chapter members. Non-members may audit one SIG free, then must join the chapter to continue.

SIG Chair:

Joyce Grillo



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