Biography


Paul David Walker was part of building the first leadership firm to align Strategy, Structure and Culture, and has been a business leadership adviser to the CEO’s of Fortune 500 and midsized companies for over 25 years.

Paul is a CEO Coach, Poet, and one of the early innovators of leadership consulting and coaching at the executive level. He has been advising the leaders of Fortune 500 and midsized companies for over twenty-five years. With this experience he brings a unique perspective that can be invaluable to leaders. Paul has advised leaders through three downturns and recoveries in the economy. He has lead turnarounds, acquisition integration, rapid growth, culture change and strategic projects to align strategy, structure and culture. He has coached and mentored leaders in the art of leadership, personal balance, philosophical understandings that have helped his clients manifest innovative ideas and is known to be someone who sees and draws out the genius in leaders.


While advising and coaching Fortune 500 companies, he was one of the leaders of a groundbreaking entrepreneurial company that established innovative leadership consulting practices. These practices provided the foundation for much of the leadership consulting that exists today. Still on the leading edge of business consulting, he integrates new approaches from science, psychology and philosophy while bringing concrete business acumen.

He will involve you in an exploitative dialogue that will expand your understanding of how to extend present reality into a successful future. Your understanding of leadership, yourself and your business will take a quantum leap.

Paul is a master storyteller using humor and insight to stimulate learning from the day-to-day experience of leading a business. He asks his clients to tell and analyze their greatest success stories to create a "line of sight" to their genius. Leadership teams, while laughing and creating self-knowledge, bond together to win.

Paul Walker has coached the CEOs and senior teams of the following companies through this unique process which improved performance dramatically: New York Life, Mutual of Omaha, Chase GIS, Finance One, Home Savings of America, TBG Financial, Pacific Mutual, MIC Reinsurance, Rockwell International, Conexant Systems, Mindspeed Technologies, Teradata, Dolly Inc., ELC, Learning Curve Toys, Harrods, Anne Klein, Union Pacific, Star-Kist Foods, Nebraska Power, IndX Software, Grafico Inc., The City of Long Beach, The Queen Mary, ResMAE, SIGMAnet, Sylmark, Culver Studios, Disney and many other companies.


He is the author of Unleashing Genius: Leading Yourself, Teams and Corporations, and two other books. He has succeeded by unleashing the genius of the people around him and is known to be a visionary leader and master of collaboration. Paul brings a special energy that calms people and brings teams together. He has been, and is, mentored by some of the most profound philosophers and spiritual leaders of our time.

He lead the acquisition integration of Chase Manhattan Global by Chemical Bank and Star-Kist Foods into Heinz Inc.; as SVP and Corporate Officer, he was in charge of acquisition integration for Conexant Systems, acquired and integrated nine companies.  Because of Conexant's close relationship with Cisco, he attended their acquisition integration school. He is a master at understanding and integrating organizations.

He specializes in changing core behavioral drivers of large amounts of people to impact business outcomes.

Approach

Develop Insight Driven Solution Teams

During my 25+ years of experience coaching CEOs I found that successful leaders do the following:

  • Focus on how present realities will emerge into the future
  • Create compelling communications that people can follow
  • Build strength, insight & the courage to act
  • To create organizations that have all three, I involve my leaders and their teams in explorative dialogues help them understand to how to extend present reality into a successful future.
  • Companies only grow as fast as their leaders. I will coach you and your team to be continually growing in every aspect of your leadership. This will be the hardest and most important part of our work together.

Create FastBreak Solution Teams

During my work as a turnaround person for two large 70’s style conglomerates, I realized that solutions to difficult problems could be found within the knowledge and wisdom of your team and market. I work with you to create teams that discover and bring solutions to market first, like a basketball team “In The Zone.”
I coach you to create results by unleashing the genius of the people around you and sync that genius into a team that:

  • Manifests their genius in business performance
  • Is passionate about business and leadership growth
  • Fights to be the best in class

Implement Transformational Strategies

While coaching CEOs in the 80’s, 90’s & today, I found that strategies were easier said than done. Using my experience I will be sure your strategies will:

  • Impact results immediately & for the long-term
  • Be implemented by accountable "Action Teams"
  • Transform your position in the market into strength
  • Every champion knows that there is no substitute for practice. We will practice together until mastery is achieved.

Keynotes and Workshops

Sourcing my years of experience, I enjoy delivering keynotes, retreats and workshops for business leaders. I use Insight and Action Learning, and provide practical and inspirational events.  I have done hundreds of workshops and retreats for executives.

Skills

Leadership development, business strategy, CEO coaching, genius, board management, personal development, business performance, integrative presence, team building, business strategy, organizational structure, organizational culture, writing books, blogs, finding vision, manifesting mission, leadership, creating scale, business performance, insight learning, NLP, speaking engagements, keynotes, workshops, reflective retreats, presence, business philosophy

 

 

Poetry, Philosophy and Business Leadership

  • Excellent, bold, insightful, practical
  • Excellent blend of awareness and practical skills
  • Excellent, inspiring, thought provoking
  • Terrific - good interaction
  • Great job - captivating speaker
  • Excellent speaker and content
  • Held my attention and got some great ideas
  • Very good - excellent speaker and valuable interaction
  • One of the best! I lived the interactive exercise
  • Simple, clean, concise, helpful
  • Great material and illustrative stories
  • Helped me to understand/accept something about myself - insightful
  • Very good - loved role-playing exercises
  • Great as usual
  • Practical, relevant

 

"Because of your expertise we achieved objectives in an extremely timely fashion"   Don Ross, Chairman and CEO, New York Life

"We took an enormous leap forward, making our words about a special company become a reality"
Ken Simonds, CEO, Teradata

"We have come together as a team so that all energies are focused on our vision and mission"   John Lee, President, ELC

"He is direct, insightful and not afraid to get in my face… key to my selection as CIO"   Raouf Halim, CEO, MindSpeed Technologies

"He possesses a unique combination of business, teambuilding and executive development skills. I am sure many other CEOs, as I have, will benefit from his work"   Dwight Decker, Chairman and CEO, Conexant Systems Inc.

“Paul took on a "fast break" marketing product launch project for our Company dealing with a Fortune 100 company. He and his colleague, Michael Utvich, rapidly sized up our Company's market position, customer value proposition and guided us to a highly successful meeting with the Fortune 100 firm. The results were that our strategic partner bought fully into our value proposition and enthusiastically partnerws with us for a product market launch. Paul showed his seasoned, elder statesman skills in leading the meeting, focusing the work and rapidly responding to a critical meeting for our Company that would be a tipping point in our launch. I recommend Paul and his team to any management team needing a strong partner in assessing a product marketing/ positioning project.” April 15, 2010
Larry Stambaugh CEO CryoPort Inc,


“Paul David Walker is a renowned leadership philosopher and business consultant providing to others enlightened guidance regarding theories on genius and personal mastery. Yet HIS true genius, in my opinion, resides not in his teachings alone but rather in the practical and implementable disciplines he embodies. His leadership itself provides an inspiring model for others to emulate. Paul’s extensive corporate experience and insightful guidance provide a seemingly bottomless well of wisdom. Weaving together the best of organizational dynamics and operational excellence, Paul understands deeply that peak performance comes in the delicate three-way balance of culture, strategy and structure. It’s this very insight, and his customized approach to the business of business, which ensures Paul’s invaluable contributions whenever and wherever his counsel is sought.” June 15, 2010  Mark Parrish  President, CEO, & Director at Deceuninck North America


“I had the pleasure of working with Paul for more than one year. He has a strong ability to see the larger picture, effectively represent the views of numerous stakeholders, identify the central problem and provide coaching that leads to strong performance.” May 13, 2010  Stephanie Marchesi President, Cohn & Wolfe

“I was hired to run a high technology / high growth company with a diverse set of executives. We needed to quickly develop an actionable strategy as well as "jell" as a team. Partnering with Paul to pull this off was one of the best investments I ever made. He has a deep understanding of business strategy along with a keen understanding of group dynamics.” April 17, 2010  Dave Dutch CEO

“Paul has provided exceptional advice and counsel as part of my kitchen cabinet. He is a truly cutting edge thinker. He brings a an insight to leadership that is refreshing and actionable.” April 20, 2010
Matthew Gonzales , Corporate Manager - Organizational Development , Toyota Motor Corporation

“Paul David Walker, Genius Stone Partners, CEO & Founder is a must have person to conduct a sanity check on any sophisticated business organizations. He will look for wholes and plug them with the management. If you want to develop good governance, please consult Paul David Walker. He is also a very seasoned CEO coach, helping new CEOs meet their expectations as an leader.” May 17, 2010
Thomas Randolph , CTO , NXTM

“I contacted Paul on a Saturday afternoon about a crisis situation, and he dropped everything to clear his calendar for that a meeting that same Saturday evening--all this for someone who wasn't even a client. This act of kindness and dedication won my heart immediately, and he's gone on to be a treasured coach and friend to our management team. Paul has an uncanny ability to zero right in on the heart of vexing problems, to bring clarity, and to help the executive team find the best solution.” August 12, 2007
Katie Williams President, Sylmark Inc.

“Paul and I were colleagues when I served as CIO at Conexant. He joined our team as an SVP after first serving as the exec team's Leadership and Team Dev coach from Senn-Delaney. Paul brought an entirely new and different perspective to the leadership team at Conexant. As our CEO put it, Paul was "like a chiropractor, but for the leadership mind". He helped the team gel as a team at a critical time in the life and history of Conexant. Conexant was hyper-scaling along many axes - from being a division of Rockwell to an independent, publicly-traded company, from a single business to 5 distinct business units, from operating in 15 locations to having over 50 locations of operation, from being a $1B business to a $2.5B business, from from a $1 Billion market-cap enterprise to many times that figure....the list goes on. Paul has remained a good friend and a great personal coach through the years. His perspective and counsel continue to be as valuable today to me as it was when first we met.” April 17, 2010
Ashwin Rangan , SVP and CIO , Conexant Systems Inc


“Mr. Paul Walker was hired as a management consultant to our company to advise and support senior management in improving management practices. From day one, it was apparent that Paul will have a significant positive impact on our management culture and operations, and he delivered unquestionably. For over a year and half, Paul worked diligently and creatively to introduce new innovative perspective to the way we manage ourselves and our teams. Paul worked with the senior and middle management of the company equally to enhance significantly our management style and to create a more positive environment to conduct business. Personally, I have learned and benefited much from Paul's extensive management experience and methods, and I know that my colleagues benefited greatly as well! I highly recommend Paul's services to any environment seeking a significant improvement to its management operations and culture.” May 10, 2010  Abe Ali VP Engineering

“Paul enabled our team to see the vision of expanding nationally, we were able capitalize on our team's individual & collective genius, and we synchronized our team genius into superlative business results. I highly recommend Paul to any executive who is looking to harness his team's energy and collective wisdom, he knows how to get them on the road to success!” April 19, 2010  Ed Resendez CEO, Resume

“Paul offers great insight gathered from his years of working with a wide range of clients and businesses. He provides honest advice from a perspective that is based on his broad experience.”
Alan Hiken VP Engineering, Rubbercraft

“Paul helped our company's partners resolve major differences in our management styles. He taught us to appreciate our distinct talents (our "inner genius") and to direct our focus on the future of our company. His easy-going manner and non-confrontational style was refreshing and brought us great results.” June 23, 2010  Lee Harry Partner, Buddha Jones Trailers


“It's very enjoyable to work with Paul. He's process oriented in problem solving.” May 3, 2010
Shu Li , Senior Vice President , Conexant Systems

“I worked with Paul when he was a senior execurive at Senn Delaney. I always enjoyed teaming with him on enagements with CEO's and their teams at Fortune 500 companies. Paul was an excelent consultant, a skiled seminar facilitator and an effective executive coach. He knew business and he understood human dynamics. I wish him well in his new ventures. Dr Larry Senn Chairman Senn Delaney” April 24, 2010
Larry Senn , Chairman - Senior Partner , Senn-Delaney

““I have known Paul for over 20 years and have always been impressed with his ability to help executives expand their talents or as he calls it “ their genius”. Paul’s book is the culmination of years of executive and organizational development. Paul is particularly skilled at getting teams to work together to improve the profitability of the organization.” April 23, 2010  Bill Ellermeyer , Principal , Ellermeyer Connect

“Paul provided critical strategy for implementation of a culture change process as part of an acquisition. He guided the groups and coached individuals as we build one team with one culture. We garner the benefits to this day. Brenda Sanders” April 22, 2010  Brenda Sanders, PhD

“Paul is a visionary business coach and leader at the forefront of helping companies and executives elevate to a new level of thinking and execution. As a founder of Genius Stone Partners, Paul is at the forefront of a new way of doing business, where all stakeholders are challenged to unleash their genius to transform businesses, individuals and the world. Paul is one of the early pioneers of executive coaching and on a personal level, an exceptionally warm and authentic human being. It is a pleasure to work with him.” April 21, 2010  Francesco Barbera , Corporate Attorney , Proskauer Rose LLP

“People seem to be afraid of how able they can be. But, at the same time, they want to have a life of ease and success. Unleashing Genius by Paul David Walker will give you the courage and road map to allow yourself to follow your dreams to that ease and success. Paul has a proven track record of helping leaders pursue their visions and as an ardent student of genius, he combines these into a powerfully insightful awakening for you to experience. Read the book and open new possibilities for yourself. You deserve to unleash your genius.” April 21, 2010  Brett Miles , CEO , Milestones, Inc.


“If you wish to be inspired, challenged to change your thinking, and moved into action, then read Unleashing Genius by Paul David Walker. I've read dozens upon dozens of books in this genre, but this one stood out from the rest. From the story that sets the stage for Paul's life work to the simple yet powerful models he shares, every chapter is engaging and useful. I simply could not put the book down. Paul's work is genius and can help you find your genius too. I particularly enjoyed the concept of "integrative presence." As an executive coach, I have found several of Paul's models useful in my work with clients. Get a burst of insight and inspiration; read Unleashing Genius now! Michele Parrish President, Executive Coach & Consultant Parrish Partners, LLC” April 20, 2010
Michele Parrish , President, Executive Coach & Consultant , Parrish Partners, LLC


“Paul's energy, insights, and enthusiasm bring out the best in the people with whom he works. He has a particular ability to see where the gaps are in a team and bring in the right person. The result is that people who work with him get in touch with the natural genius they embody.” April 20, 2010
Ken McLeod , Owner , McLeod and Associates


“Paul David Walker is a consumate professional. He leads with both his head and heart, truly understands his clients' needs, delivers on time and exceeds client expectations EVERYTIME. I highly recommend Paul and his coaching services, programs and books! Best, Tami Walsh, M.A. President, Teen Wisdom Inc.” April 19, 2010  Tami Walsh , Owner , Teen Wisdom


“I had the pleasure of working with Paul in the summer/fall of 2009. He is thoughtful, articulate, curious and careful in his analysis. He has sound judgment on business and personnel issues and was a guiding force in our performance improvement. His superior facilitation of a staff retreat led to a marked improvement in relationships and productivity. Paul is a trusted colleague and I recommend him highly. David Muller” April 19, 2010  David Muller CEO

“I highly recommend Paul Walker's book "Unleashing Genius". Paul is an amazingly gifted man and coach who specializes in coaching leaders in the corporate environment. His years of experience shine clearly through in his wonderful book.” April 19, 2010  Roy Argall , CEO , Hero's Journey Coaching


“Paul is an exceptional leader, coach, author and visionary. His ability to find and develop the "genius" in organizations and individuals is one-of-a-kind. Anyone who has the privilege of working with Paul will be richly rewarded and have an unforgettably positive experience.” April 19, 2010
Stephen A. Burgess , Principal, co-Creator , Eureka! Opportunity Mine


“Paul David Walker is someone I've known and worked with for over 10 years at Senn Delaney. Paul brings the ability to help leaders find solutions to problems while also deepening their understanding of core principles of health and personal awareness.He is deeply commited to helping each individual find their inner wisdom and solving issues with them to make their business and personal issues come to a successful conclusion.” April 19, 2010  Michael Marino , Executive Vice President , Senn-Delaney Leadership


“I have learned a tremendous amount from Paul. One specific thing he did was teach me how to become an expert serving a particular niche, which is a technique I still use today and teach others to do the same. I have seen Paul help people discover their genius very quickly and anyone working with him will be very, very fortunate.” April 19, 2010
Cory Halbardier , Leadership Team , Professional Coaches and Mentors Association (PCMA)


“Paul has a talent to see the unique genius of each person who interacts with. His curiosity, deep listening, knowledge and experience of the business create a platform for new frameworks and successful ideas.” April 17, 2010  Fereshteh Amin , Principal , Amin Leadership Center


“Paul helps you find and expand your natural genius. Then works with you and your team to discover, expand and synchronize team and business genius. He does this in a simple and natural way. Before you know it, everything seems to be working like magic.” April 17, 2010
Mark Goulston , host/interviewer , Center for Great Managment


“Paul has been a trusted advisor to CEOs for over twenty five years and it shows in the ease and clarity of his work. He is gifted in helping leaders to see present reality more clearly, and leads them to perceive how that reality will extend into the future. He brings a calm and focused presence to his engagements that helps leaders unleash the genius in their teams and businesses. Insight unfolds naturally and leads to strategic advantage, and a team of leaders working seamlessly together. I’d highly recommend reading Paul’s book, Unleashing Genius which provides ideas on how Paul approaches his client work. If anyone would like to talk further about Paul’s effectiveness please drop me a note or give me a call. He is a bottom line visionary which is a very unusual mix of talent and skills.” April 16, 2010
Dana Borowka , CEO , Lighthouse Consulting Services, LLC


“Paul integrates his lifetime of business experience and focus on the bottom line with a poetic spirituality that invites and discovers the genius in everyone around him. The combination makes him a powerful coach and facilitator. I highly recommend him.” April 15, 2010
Karen Bading , Owner , Infrasonics Coaching and Consulting


“Paul is the best in his field. He is extremely knowledgeable about both the creative and business ends of our creative marketing company. He has helped management become better partners and managers. We highly recommend him.” April 15, 2010  Jill Allen, Actor


“When I hired Paul as a senior consultant I knew right away he had a special gift for coaching and over the years he has grown both in capability and spiritual depth to become an outstanding executive coach and guide. I would recommend Paul to those CEOs who believe in personal development as a means to business growth and self expression.” April 15, 2010
John R. Childress , President and CEO , Senn-Delaney Leadership


“I have known Paul since 1969, and can vouch for his honesty and integrity as well as for his sincere desire to help people better themselves. His extensive background in business gives him insights into business management that few people have. Some time ago, I attended a seminar, where he was the facilitator, and found him to be an inspirational and motivated speaker, who created a very positive atmosphere for the entire week-long event. Paul is also an accomplished author and poet, whose words I have translated and borrowed for some of my own books in Finland (with Paul's gracious approval, naturally).” September 11, 2008
Sirkka Shayan , Author, Translator, Technical Writer , WebWarp


“Paul is an insightful and inspirational pioneer whose clarifying understanding of everything human operates as a powerful catalyst for positive change within all those who are fortunate enough to bask in his wisdom. The common sense of his simple but effective techniques for understanding one's soul, thoughts, and actions to create an effective resonance with everyone and everything around us leads to a much higher personal and professional productivity linked to a calm clarity and intellectual mastery which taps our inherent natural instincts. It's simply brilliant traditional balance in a modern age.” April 26, 2008
Mike Chase , VP , SIGMAnet


“Paul is the quintessential C-level Guru! His ability to find the true genius in an individual is amazing. He works from the premise that each one of us has unlimited ability and talent within ourselves. You only have to read the quotes of the leaders he has guided, to see how valuable his work is, and the impact he has made in contemporary business leadership!” April 17, 2008
JD Buckwell , Owner , JD Buckwell Creative Consulting


“Paul is a committed executive coach with a deep understanding of the management consulting and executive coaching process. Richard Katz, CEO, www.seasonedpro.com” November 11, 2007
Richard Katz , Founder and CEO , SeasonedPro.com


“Paul is an out of box thinker,who provides value in many different ways. He is results orientated and will make a major positive impact to any organization that uses his service. Working closely with Paul helped me have a clearer vision, be a better manager and maximize my potential.” October 4, 2007
Craig Shandler SVP, Sylmark Inc.


“Paul has an exceptional strategic mind, which makes the connection between business opportunities and their leadership and talent management implications. He is also a very effective board member.” October 4, 2007  Agnes Mura , Owner , Agnes Mura, Inc.


“Paul's Unleashing Genius process is truly genius. Groups are enabled to generate creative solutions with such ease and effortlessness! The brilliance of teams is released through Paul's expert facilitation and caring leadership. I highly recommend it!” August 21, 2007
Donna Fowler , Owner , MIndWalk Consulting LLC


“Paul is truly gifted wi th an uncanny sense of core issues, spiritual connection, and directional thought process. He is incredible at explaining the complex in simple terms and never strays from the really important matters.” August 14, 2007  Andrew Martin CEO


“I have had the pleasure of working with Paul over the past year and have found his guidance and coaching invaluable! He has a very insightful approach to career coaching that weaves the the fundamentals of executive leadership and human psychology together. I would recommend Paul to any of collegues who are seeking career or management coaching.” August 10, 2007  Erik Amneus CIO


“Paul Walker is high-level leadership coach. He is a great asset to PCMA and to his clients. For his clients, he develops the genius in leaders, so they can develop highly successful businesses. He is extremely intuitive and motivating.” August 6, 2007  Cory Halbardier , Member , Member of PCMA


“Leadership, especially effecti ve and enlightened business leadership has been a passion of mine for more than twenty years. I am now of the firm conviction that the next level of effectiveness in business leadership has to come from (non religious) spiritual techniques. It has to be a healthy combination of the wisdom of the East and practicality of the West. Paul is one of the very few business individuals I know who understands and implements this in his professional practice. Business Leaders, who seek to enhance their professional effectiveness and personal contentment, i.e. unleash their genius, will benefit from Paul’s insights and practical wisdom. A sincere seeker and a passionate coach, poet and philosopher Paul Walker practices what he has been teaching for 25 years.” August 6, 2007
Sudhir Chadalavada , Interim COO & Coach to CEO , SIGMAnet, Inc.


“Paul David Walker is a thoughtful consultant and practitioner of Conscious Capitalism, especially with respect to drawing out the intrinsic potential of the human beings within an organization.” August 5, 2007
Michael Strong , CEO and Chief Visionary Officer , FLOW, Inc.


“Paul's coaching and writings have been of immeasurable help to me in my personal and professional life. The time we spent discussing issues helped me through difficult times. I often refer back to our discussions and my readings to recenter my thinking and approaches to situations. I recommend Paul to everyone looking for a career/life coach.” June 6, 2010  Christopher Lappi CIO, Resme Inc.


“Paul brings years of experience dealing with complex and challenging global business situations, coupled with a deep understanding of the human factor -- how mind, heart and soul shape our perspective and the decisions that flow from it. His "Genius" concept has been an insightful and effective way for me to understand the deeper value in myself and those I work with.” March 29, 2010
Michael Utvich , Partner , Genius Stone Partners


“Paul is a dynamic leader and coach who is a master at creating change.” January 25, 2008
Lyse Wells , Director, Organizational Effectiveness and Learning , Conexant /Rockwell Semiconductor Systems 
reported to Paul David at Conexant Systems


“Paul is an excellent leader and motivator. His strategic vision, mentoring and daily support provided me with the foundation needed to be sucessful in my role. Paul is very focused on the needs of others, and has a incredible ability to undestand and provide just the right push when it is needed most.” August 5, 2007  Bob Rose , Director, M&A Integration , Conexant Systems 
reported to Paul David at Conexant Systems


“Paul was an inspiring leader of the Senn-Delaney Leadership organization before moving on to help Conexant Systems.Paul understands the effect of leadership on corporate culture and has many tools to help leaders and their teams move to the next level of development. He is also a very effective coach to those leaders.” August 5, 2007  Dennis Alimena , Vice president , Senn-Delaney Leadership


“Paul is an innovative leader, dedicated to continuous learning and unleashing the genius of his clients.” May 8, 2008  Tracey Carrruthers , Vice President, Executive Coach , Senn-Delaney Leadership

 
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Unleashing Genius

As well as being a poet Paul David Walker has been coaching the leaders of Fortune 500 and mid-size companies for over twenty-five years. In this uniquely poetic book about the secrets of great leaders, Paul reveals some of the deeper principles behind creating new realities, which Paul believes is the job of a leader. He takes you on a journey into the heart and mystery of leadership forming a foundation for any leader to become truly great.

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