MEET THE AUTHORS

 
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Paul is Principal of the Centre for Coaching in Organisations, a Sydney based consultancy. He teaches coaching on the Masters of Business Coaching program at Sydney Business School (University of Wollongong) and has written various academic articles and book chapters. His first book, Leading Change: How successful leaders approach change management was published by Kogan Page in December 2014, and his next book, The Tao of Dialogue is due to be published later this year. Paul has been coaching since 2007 and has over 3,000 hours of coaching experience, working with individuals, groups and teams. He has coached in some of the biggest organisations in the world, ASX100 companies, smaller business, not-for-profits, health, education and government. Paul is also a qualified coach supervisor, trained at Oxford Brookes University. Before becoming a coach Paul worked in corporate for more than 20 years. He worked for a multinational energy company for 14 years where he performed roles in marketing, operations, finance and strategy, culminating in the role of GM for a Tokyo-based retail business. His experiences included setting up new retail operations in Spain, a joint-venture company with a large grocery retailer in Portugal and playing a leading role in establishing a new retail business in Japan. After migrating to Australia in 2003, Paul played senior roles in the entertainment and financial industries. Paul lives in Sydney, has four children and in his spare time writes rather gory historical fiction.

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Allen is the Global Practice Leader for Executive Coaching for Korn Ferry Hay Group, and is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The first 15 years of his career were as an international business leader in medical devices and healthcare.  The next twenty years were spent in consulting: strategy, process, and people.  Allen has worked with over 400 companies in 25 countries, across a broad array of  industry sectors. As an executive coach, Allen has extensive 1:1 experience at the VP and C-suite level on improving strategic systems thinking, leading large-scale change, crucial stakeholder interactions, and executive communication. With senior leadership teams he specialises in collaboration across the matrix, imbedding leadership as process, and sense-making in the VUCA environment.  At the organisational level, he helps align business and talent strategies, implement succession management, and create a culture of coaching. Allen completed his PhD in social psychology from Tilburg University, Netherlands. He is a certified master-level coach via the Behavioral Coaching Institute and a fellow with the Institute of Coaching (McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate). He holds an MSc in business systems from the University of Southern California, with undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering and business administration.