In Conversation With
As a well-known author of several best-selling books on the topics of leadership and culture, Paul Gibbons has a way of turning conventional thinking on it’s head and presenting provocative new ways of looking at the challenges in these environments, that are both futuristic and grounded in scientific evidence.
Although his biography includes extensive experience in both the top consultancy and academic worlds, Paul has reservations about the value that MBA-type programs and typical large consultancies deliver, and as he explains his reasons for this, the value that bespoke consultancies can bring to senior leadership effectiveness becomes apparent.
Way ahead of its time, Paul founded Future Considerations to fill this gap in the market. Paul tells us about their rapid growth and some of the more unusual executive development programs they delivered for global clients.
Although the 2nd edition of his highly-acclaimed book, The Science of Organizational Change was published in 2019, before any indication of the extent of disruption that lay ahead, it speaks strongly to today’s world. The book is packed with important insights that any senior leaders – and equally the coaches working with them – will find (often uncomfortably) essential to consider in their work. We unpack a few of these.
Paul’s latest book, The Spirituality of Work and Leadership: Finding Meaning, Joy and Purpose in What you Do is a fascinating integration of history, science, academia, current reality and futurism in presenting a modern-day case for introducing more meaning and purpose to the workplace. Although only released a few weeks ago, it’s already gaining excellent ratings.
We complete our conversation with some sage advice from Paul for us to consider!
Paul Gibbons keynotes on five continents on the future of business, particularly on humanizing business, culture change, ethics, and the future of work. He has authored five books, most prominently The Science of Successful Organizational Change and Impact, both of which are category best-sellers on Amazon in organizational change, decision-making, and leadership. He also runs the popular philosophy podcast, Think Bigger Think Better .
After eight years as a consultant at PwC, Paul founded Future Considerations, a consulting firm that advises major global corporations, including Shell, BP, Barclays, and HSBC, on leadership, strategy, and culture change. He has been named a “top-20 culture guru,” and one of the UK’s top two CEO “super coaches” by CEO magazine.
Paul’s most recent academic role was as Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Denver, a position he held between 2015 and 2018. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of both the American Philosophical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He lives in the Denver area with his two sons and enjoys competing internationally at mindsports such as poker, bridge, MOBA, and chess.