Press release from Penn State Executive Programs
Penn State Takes Executive Coaching To the National Institutes of Health
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA (January 15, 2009) –
In 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sought a partner to develop leadership skills and drive employee performance. It chose the executive coaching expertise offered by Penn State Executive Programs (PSEP). PSEP conducted five coaching programs tailored to a pair of NIH institutes. Eight more sessions are in the works for 2009.
To help the NIH leadership in its mission, PSEP worked with Cincinnati-based Sherpa Coaching. Penn State and Sherpa have been certifying executive coaches and teaching coaching skills since 2006. Together, they customized their coaching skills program for the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute.
Penn State delivered both introductory and advanced courses in coaching skills. These programs provide managers and supervisors with the skills they need to boost performance through the effective coaching of employees. The programs teach supervisors how to effectively communicate with their staff and make accountability a positive force in their workplace. The courses also meet continuing education requirements for NIH staff.
“In today’s economy, organizations are demanding fiscal accountability. They must find more efficient ways to implement their strategies. That means better communication and cooperation, which leads to high performance.” says Patrick Cataldo, PSEP's dean. “The Sherpa coaching model is helping NIH to refine its already superior talent to bridge any gaps between strategy and execution.”
The NIH programs, like all of the executive coaching programs offered by Penn State Executive Programs, are led by Judith Colemon and Brenda Corbett, authors of The Sherpa Guide: Process-Driven Executive Coaching. The Sherpa Guide serves as the text for PSEP's coaching courses.
About Penn State Executive Programs
The executive education division of Penn State's Smeal College of Business has been serving the development needs of the world's business leaders since 1954. Both open-enrollment and custom programs are available. 36,000 executives from 43 different nations have participated in programs ranging from strategic leadership to supply chain management.
PSEP was recently ranked as the world’s No. 1 provider of customized executive education by the Economist magazine. They also gave PSEP its Award of Excellence for open-enrollment programs, making PSEP the only U.S. provider rated as excellent in both categories.
(This press release was edited by Sherpa Coaching for brevity and style.)