About the Author

Dr. Paul Taffinder

A recognized expert on leadership and organizational behavior, he advises top executives of Global 500 companies on large-scale change and specializes in CEO-led transformation. His 20-year consulting career has spanned a broad range of industries, including aerospace, automotives, electronics, energy, financial services, insurance and media.

Dr. Taffinder has also written extensively about leadership and change, beginning with his first book, The New Leaders (Kogan Page), in 1995. His second book, Big Change (Wiley), won the prestigious Business Management Book of the Year Award in 1999 for what the judges called "his inspirational approach to corporate transformation." The first edition of his latest book, The Leadership Crash Course (Kogan Page, 2000), was republished in seven languages, and a new, significantly revised second edition was released in March 2006 to critical acclaim.

In addition to writing, he speaks regularly at conferences and to the press. His views have been quoted in leading publications such as The New York Times, Fortune, the International Herald Tribune, the Financial Times, The Times, The Times Educational Supplement, The Independent, The Observer, The Guardian and Industry Week. Broadcast interviews have aired on BBC Business News, Bloomberg Television, European Business News (EBN), BBC Radio and Capital Radio, among other stations.

Paul is the founder and Managing Partner of Taffinder Consulting, specializing in CEO advice on strategy, leadership and organizational performance. Previously, he was a Partner at Mercer Delta, then a Partner at Marakon Associates. Before that, he was a Partner at Accenture, where he led the Organization and Change Strategy practice in the UK. He has also held a number of management roles in the mining and professional services industries. Dr. Taffinder is also a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

B.A. (Honors), Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Psychology, Witswatersrand (Wits) University in Johannesburg