Paul Taffinder, PhD, is the founder and managing partner of Taffinder Consulting. Prior to this he was a partner at Accenture, the $12 billion consulting firm, where he was head of Organization and Change Strategy and had a global role in leading work on strategic change, top team effectiveness and leadership. A confidential advisor to some of the world’s most important corporations, he is equally at home in the boardroom and on the international conference circuit.

Dr. Taffinder has extensive experience in designing and executing large-scale change, linking the power of leadership and elite performance cultures to organizational purpose and strategy to create superior organizational performance.

Following a Master’s degree and PhD in organizational psychology – and what he describes as a ‘mercifully brief career in the mining industry’ – he turned his attention to the psychological driving forces that underlie the world of business, providing consulting help to organizations as diverse as ABN Amro, Axa PPP, BAe, Bank of Ireland, Barclays, BP, British Steel, Cazenove, CGNU, HBOS, Philips, Post Office Counters Ltd, Prudential, Reuters, Scottish Power, Spoornet, UBS Warburg.

He kicked off his writing career with The New Leaders (Kogan Page) in 1995 and his second book, Big Change (Wiley), was the winner of the prestigious Business Management Book of the Year award in 1999 for what the judges called his ‘inspirational’ approach to corporate transformation. In addition to these books and his regular contributions to TV and radio, he added to his writing output in 2000 with the publication of The Leadership Crash Course (Kogan Page). Already re-published in several languages, this is a practical hands-on workbook to complement his consulting interventions on organizational alignment and high impact leadership with executives and their teams.