Paul Taffinder Consultant and Author

Paul Taffinder

Paul is the Founder and Managing Partner of Taffinder Consulting, specializing in CEO advice on strategy, leadership, digital innovation and organizational performance. Previously, he sat on the Executive Committee of MS Amlin as Director of Strategy & Innovation. He was also Chairman of the Digital Working Group for Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance International. He has been a prime mover in EY’s Insurwave blockchain platform for Marine insurance risks where he sat on the Advisory Council and built MS Amlin’s EDGE digital innovation capability. He is very active in the FinTech and InsurTech world in Silicon Valley and London.

He was a partner at strategy firm Marakon Associates, a partner on the UK Management Board of Mercer Delta and, prior to that, was a global partner at Accenture, the $30 billion consulting firm, where he was head of Organization and Change Strategy in the UK and had a global role in the firm’s work on leadership, innovation, culture change and top team effectiveness.

Following a Masters degree and PhD in organizational psychology, Paul turned his attention to the psychological driving forces that underlie the world of business. He has provided consulting help to organizations across the world and diverse sectors – from insurance and investment banking to manufacturing, aerospace, retail banking, media, mining and government departments. He has worked extensively in the UK, Europe, Far East, South Africa and the United States.

He has also written four books, most notably Big Change (Wiley) which 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. His other books are The New Leaders (1994) and the Leadership Crash Course (2000, 2006), released worldwide and in 12 languages. His latest work is the fully updated and revised The Leadership Crash Course: Creating Leadership Impact in the Digital World (2020).

He is a Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, University of London, sits on the Advisory Board of the University’s Prospect & Innovation Research Unit, and is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

He recently won the Business Leadership Excellence award and delivered the keynote speech at the World Leadership Congress in Mumbai.

What Paul does as an advisor is get us to face the underlying realities of our business and personal leadership challenges. That brings real clarity to decision-making.

CEO, Global Insurer

The insightful, collaborative but very firm coaching is what is distinctive about Paul. When business is challenging, you want a robust, independent-minded confidential advisor in your corner. 

CEO, Manufacturing Company

When it comes to strategic questions and strategy formulation, the Taffinder Consulting approach was both on-the-money in getting to executable decisions and highly engaging for the executive team.

CEO, Bank Payment Systems

We did more genuine team-building as part of our strategy development than we have ever done before. Great to work with, professional, experienced and always willing to tackle the difficult problems.

CEO, Bank Payment Systems

Paul and his team coached all of our top 50 post merger. Their work really accelerated the integration effort because of the consistency of approach, joined-up objectives and the deep experience of seasoned advisors.

Chief Finance Officer, Professional Services Firm

The Taffinder Consulting leadership assessment is the best we've ever used. The INSIGHT-ACTION-VALUE model had very high impact for senior managers in ensuring they developed critical leadership capabilities that drive real organizational and financial value. 

Chief People Officer, Digital Bank


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