Government Coaching Community of Practice - Using Adult Development to Coach Government Leaders
As coaches, understanding adult development is useful in working with our coaching clients. Susan Collins, PCC, PhD joins the ICF Government Community of Practice as they discuss how the stages of adult development show up in coaching government leaders. Understanding the stages and how to help clients move between stages provides government coaches a useful and powerful tool.
ICF Global - September 2018
1 Resource Development
from January 01, 2018
Susan S. Collins, Ph.D., PCC Susan Collins is a certified executive coach and leadership development professional who helps senior leaders expand their capacity to handle complexity and uncertainty. Since 2000, Susan has been an organizational effectiveness coach and consultant working with large bureaucratic organizations, including federal agencies and private sector companies. Susan draws on her background in leadership coaching, stages of adult development, organizational development, psychology and neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and somatic experience to help leaders address seemingly insurmountable challenges that arise in complex organizations more effectively. Susan is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation. In addition to coaching leaders in private practice, Susan serves as Talent Development Branch Chief in the Talent Management Office within USCIS’ Service Center Operations. She previously was the Leadership and Career Development branch chief at USCIS, and stood up the first Organizational Development office in the agency. She also has extensive experience facilitating and coaching leaders to develop human capital strategies that align with the organization’s mission-related goals. Susan has also been Manager of Executive Education for the Treasury Executive Institute, where she designed and delivered advanced leadership development programs for federal executives. Throughout her federal tenure, Susan has managed three and has served as a coach in two Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Programs, and as a result, has intimate knowledge of the federal Executive Core Qualifications and other executive personnel practices in private and public sector environments. Susan’s primary areas of focus include: expanding the capacity of leaders to handle increasingly complex, paradoxical, and uncertain challenges; supporting leadership teams to become more effective decision-making bodies; and revising organizational cultures to support greater organizational effectiveness and workforce engagement. She works with clients to uncover limiting beliefs, helping them challenge and transcend those beliefs to become more empowered, fulfilled, and effective. Susan is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate Program (2002) and the George Mason University Advanced Coaching Program in Leadership & Well-Being (2012). She is certified in a number of 360-degree and personality assessments, routinely participates in ongoing learning programs, and has earned a Certificate in Neuroleadership from the Neuroleadership Institute. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester (1995) and a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College (1985), and was a professional housing and labor economist for 12 years before becoming a leadership coach. Susan lives in Arlington, VA.