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CE Workshop

February 1, 2018

The first GAIOP CE workshop of 2018 was informative and enjoyable. Thirty-seven attendees participated in Dr. Linda Hoopes' lively and comprehensive program: Organizational Change Fundamentals for I-O Psychologists. Dr. Hoopes started by describing organizational change from the perspectives of I-O psychology, organizational development, and change management. 

She explained the differences between "installation" and "realization" in change management and then engaged the participants in a group exercise that demonstrated the differences.  In a similar manner, Dr. Hoopes differentiated two levels of organizational change: "transition" (moving to a new place) and "transformation" (shifting to a new shape). She then conducted a group exercise that generated examples of I-O initiatives representing each of the two categories and explored how success was measured.

Dr. Hoopes talked about the key roles in change management (i.e., participant, sponsor, agent, advocate) and the importance of each.  The comprehensive program covered many topics, including: power and influence, implications for change, stages of change resistance, and managing reactions to change.  For more information about Dr. Hoopes, visit:  Resilience Alliance

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GAIOP is pleased to let you know about the new Work Science Center at GA Tech. We are both interested in sharing ideas and information about the application of our science to the world of work and have begun exploring ways to support each other’s efforts.  We look forward to working with the Center and exchanging information on current research between Georgia Tech I-O graduate students and our members. In addition, we’ll share information about each other’s programs and events that may be of interest to our individual audiences.

The Center includes a large scientist network as well as articles, podcasts and events related to the study of working. To keep up-to-date with the Center’s new projects and initiatives, sign up as a network scientist. For more information about the Work Science Center, please visit www.worksciencecenter.gatech.edu

The Work Science Center promotes the psychological study of people and work in the 21st century. The Center focuses on issues in three areas:

  • Workers & Technology– identifying how technological innovations transform what people do, how work is performed and worker experiences
  • Work Across the Lifespan– work transitions across the lifespan, including school-to-work and later adulthood work-to-retirement transitions
  • The Modern Workforce– human resource management practices that promote worker engagement, health, and well-being

For more information about the Work Science Center, please visit www.worksciencecenter.gatech.edu

CE Workshop

November 2, 2017

The final GAIOP workshop of 2017 was held on November 2nd. The membership was privileged to have Ruth Kanfer, Ph. D., Director of The Work Science Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, address the group. Dr. Kanfer is recognized as one of our field’s leading experts in the area of workplace motivation. 

Dr. Kanfer began by sharing the state of the research in work motivation. This included a novel way of looking at the history of motivation research. It was an historical look where she discussed how work has evolved over the last century. What was particularly interesting is how she related her experiences—from packing cheese slices to now—and how it shaped her view of motivation. Throughout her talk, she kept linking theory to the real world of work. This helped the practitioners in the room make easy connections. One of the themes consistent throughout her talk was the importance of the context of the situation on motivation.

This point became most obvious in the second half of the program when participants broke into three groups for a small group activity. During this activity, each group was presented with a real world problem and asked to come up with solutions based on the previous conversation.

It was interesting to discuss what seemed obvious at times and find that they were serious business problems and how they could be solved through the application of motivation interventions. (Seth Zimmer, Ph.D.)

The 2018 Society of Psychologists in Management conference (SPIM) brings together psychologist managers and leaders in both the not-for-profit and for profit / commercial arenas, as well as in privately held companies, government, public policy, academia, and a wide variety of other industries. We will be engaging in various discussions about leaders and organizations navigating transitions -- for themselves, with their teams and in their organizations. Leaders, and consultants / coaches who work with leaders, need a robust appreciation for and clear understanding of the many challenges and dynamics in how individuals and organizational entities evolve over time.

Some of the exciting topics for the SPIM 2018 conference include:
  • Addressing radical uncertainty: wresting with scenarios in a large, multi-national corporation
  • Driving cultural change in a highly volatile and demanding marketplace
  • Stimulating Innovation and growth through specific leadership behaviors
  • The developmental challenges and imperatives in higher education
  • Maturing a new organization while transforming the existing culture and operating practices
  • Developing talent and discouraging misbehavior in a context of a resource poor environment
  • Serving as an executive coach / trusted leadership advisor in the C-suite

For psychologists interested in additional continuing education credits, please consider the Institutes occurring before and after the main conference. Institute topics include:

  • Transitioning from Psychologist to Psychologist-Manager: Leadership and Management Skills for Success
  • Encouraging and Coaching your Dream
  • Developing and Demonstrating Competence in Times of Transition - To Leader, Consultant or Coach
  • APA Ethical Principles and Standards and the Development of Executive Conscience

The 2018 SPIM conference, located at One Ocean Resort and Spa in Atlantic Beach, Florida provides opportunities to listen and participate in lively discussions with leaders and practitioners on several important issues related to various changes and transitions experienced by leaders and in organizations.

We are a diverse group of psychologists from all career phases. A welcoming culture with stimulating and supportive colleagues, we appreciate meeting new psychologist mangers and those who consultant with / coach them, as well as connecting with our long-standing SPIM members, all of whom enjoy and benefit from a stellar conference with an engaging community of like-minded professionals

Visit http://www.spim.org for more information on the organization or to register. If you have any questions, please call the conference coordinator, Liz at 773-331-0457 or email liz@wplanning.com.

The Georgia Association for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Inc. (GAIOP) is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit professional association.
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