David Peterson

Bio

David B. Peterson PhD, joined Google in 2011 as Director of Executive Coaching and Leadership. He coaches senior leaders, manages Google’s network of external and internal coaches, and supports leadership, learning, and executive development initiatives at Google.

Before joining Google, David served as leader of world-wide coaching services for PDI Ninth House (now part of Korn Ferry). In addition to coaching top leaders in organizations such as Salesforce, Sandisk, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Target, Wal-Mart, Shell, Genentech, Mayo Clinic, Harvard, and Stanford University, he provided consultation and thought leadership on how to design and manage organizational coaching programs, how to develop high potential leaders and critical talent, and how to accelerate learning and leadership development at all levels.

David has published dozens of articles and chapters on coaching, is co-author of Development FIRST: Strategies for Self-Development and Leader as Coach, with close to a million copies in print, and co-editor of the Handbook of the Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring.

He earned his PhD in Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Consulting Psychology, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the Harvard Institute of Coaching. His awards include the RHR International Award for Excellence in Consultation (Society of Consulting Psychology), the Outstanding Achievement Award (California Psychological Association), and the Vision of Excellence Award (Harvard Institute of Coaching).

Vikki Brock’s history of coaching (2008, 2012) names David as one of the primary influencers in the field, both for his early influence on the emergence of executive coaching and for continuing to shape the field as someone “on the cutting edge of the profession, doing and saying surprising and thought-provoking things.”

David lives in San Francisco with his wife, Alexis Shoemate, and two adorable Tibetan Terriers named Pinot and Cab.

Abstract

Reinventing Executive Coaching | Seven Paths Forward

Many executive coaches develop their craft in a learning environment that emphasizes relationship-building, open-ended questions, giving feedback, and a core set of assessment tools. Increasingly, there is a growing disconnect between these traditional approaches and the real-world needs of leaders in today’s complex, constantly changing workplaces and the demands of the external environments in which they operate. With the goal of generating a rich, thought-provoking dialogue, this session challenges common assumptions about how coaching works, explores the forces that may completely disrupt the field of coaching, and outlines seven paths forward to reinvent our work and better serve the current and emerging needs of leaders.


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