[Coaching Psychology SIG] Talk by Alan Howard (UK) and TK Wu (Hong Kong)

Coaching Psychology SIG is organising 2 special talks by Alan Howard (UK) and TK Wu (Hong Kong) on the 15 of January 2018!

Talk Synopsis

An Alternative to Personality Questionnaires: Introducing Personality Tasks

Utilising recent advances in technology, personality assessment can be revolutionised so that one no longer needs to rely solely on questionnaires, which routinely suffer from distortion such as social desirability responding (Birkeland et al., 2006). The alternative approach – Objective Personality Tests or OPTs – builds on the research of Cattell (e.g. Cattell and Warburton 1967). OPTs rely on measuring task performance – but it is the way people complete each task, rather than how well they do on it, that reveals their personality traits. Alan will be presenting the results of this ground-breaking research, and the validation of multiple OPTs using self-report ratings of personality and biodata.


The Case for Coaching Leaders: Leadership Skills strongly influence “Whole Country” Productivity

What is the case for financial investment in coaching for leaders and managers? What evidence underpins our practice in leadership development, competencies and assessment? Leadership and Management skills at country level were obtained via SJTs adapted for international use. Based on results from over 117,000 leaders and managers from 32 countries, we will describe the leadership and management skills that influence GDP and examine the Return on Investment evidence. We will describe the leadership and management skills that influence GDP and examine the Return on Investment evidence. Coaching individual leaders and managers to improve their leadership skills can have a significant impact on National Prosperity. We will also show how detailed feedback from a Situational Judgement Test (10 scales and up to 70 tailored development tips) can provide the insight coachees need to improve their leadership or management skills.

Speaker Profile

[Alan Howard]

Alan runs his own consultancy business, Howard Associates and is also a Director of Quest Assessments Ltd. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and member the BPS’s Division of Occupational Psychology. He is a Chartered Psychologist and a Registered Occupational Psychologist with the UK’s Health Care Professions Council. He has 25 years’ experience of assessment and development centres and methodologies including the delivery of consultancy projects in 6 continents in the past 5 years. He is particularly interested in leadership and cultural similarities, and has co-authored a book chapter on the subject in Advances in Global Leadership Volume 7. With Max Choi, Alan has co-authored 3 situational judgement tests which are published worldwide by CEB / SHL and which have been completed by participants from over 100 countries. He has published and presented several papers on situational judgement tests.


[TK Wu]

TK is a Business Psychology Consultant at Quest Partnership Ltd. He is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and member of the BPS’ Division of Occupational Psychology. He is a former Assistant Superintendent at the Hong Kong Golf Club. With his background from the hospitality management sector and expertise in Occupational Psychology, he is able to understand clients’ exact needs, ensuring that the solutions provided align with the organisations’ business objectives. He has experience in designing and delivering psychometric training courses and large-scale assessment and development centres. He is particularly interested in combining innovation with the latest research findings to increase the effectiveness of assessment and development methodologies.


This talk is FREE and open to all SPS members interested in Coaching Psychology.

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Non-SPS members: $15

Do sign up by the 12 January 2018! Seats are running out fast and will be given on a first come first serve basis.


  • Coaching Psychology SIG Talks
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Venue:   James Cook University - Room A2-03

James Cook University Singapore (A2-03), 149 Sims Drive, 387380, Singapore