By Adrienne Colella, SIOP President
This is my very first blog ever, and I need your help. The “theme” of my year as SIOP President is IMPACT, i.e. the impact I-O psychology has made on individuals, organizations and society. In conversations about this, I came to realize that impact means different things to different people. I was thinking in terms of change, i.e. how a practice, product, or research stream has led to a positive change. Adam Hilliard gives a good example in his post on “How Selection Consultants Change the World”. Personally, the most impactful (perhaps I mean most fulfilling) thing I’ve done as an I-O psychologist was to be a part of KARE, a SIOP group which helped organizations in New Orleans get back on their feet after the levy failures and Hurricane Katrina.
At the 2012 SIOP conference I want to talk in my presidential address about the impact I-O psychologists have had and the conference committee is coming up with all kinds of nifty ideas to celebrate the impact of I-O psychology. Here’s where I need your help—I want to know about less publicized instances of impact, and how people define impact (beyond utility analysis). So please respond to this blog with 1) your thoughts on how to define impact; and 2) an anecdote about the impact you have had as an I-O psychologist. I am really interested in seeing what the SIOP Exchange comes up with!