About

Paul TaylorI am Paul Taylor, the developer of The Personal Edge Program.

My training / consulting work has encompassed:

  • helping startups and small businesses to develop business and marketing plans
  • developing and delivering leadership programs for major organizations, including:

 

My longest association has been with Ericsson, a Forbes' Top 100 Digital Company, employing more than 100,000 people. I have been an accredited facilitator on the Ericsson global leadership program for over 20 years, designing and developing several iterations of the program.

My experience with Ericsson has helped me to understand what it takes to survive and thrive in a VUCA environment. I have helped Ericsson people to cope with the 'dotcom crash', the rise of Chinese competition, the emergence of smartphones, recession, regulatory issues and the rise of the 'Internet of Things'. 

"Paul Taylor has been a global consultant of Ericsson since the late 1990s. In the last six years, Paul and I have worked very closely together in designing and implementing at least three of our most sought-after global leadership programs. Under immense challenges of time and cost constraints, with Paul's active involvement, we were able to design and roll-out world class programs, all on Blended Learning Methodology. Specifically, we combined use of self-produced e-learning and video material, virtual group discussions, face-face workshop and coaching.
From my perspective, Paul is a unique blend of business, human and technology expertise which he utilizes and puts together. He is creative, using this to find various learning approaches to learning objectives. The programs Paul has worked on and conducted have been well received. Participants find them business and work relevant, very useful and applicable at work."

Joselito Rivera, former Head of Global Leadership Development, Ericsson


Before my training and consulting work:

  • I was marketing manager for one of the Top 40 companies in the UK, overseeing a marketing team and a multi-million pound budget. 
  • I established my own company marketing interior accessories to major retailers, including Harrods and Selfridges 

I have an MBA from City, University of London and a Masters in Law from Oxford University.

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Face-to-Face Training may not be so effective …

A typical face-to-face training session consists of a presentation by a facilitator, followed immediately by an activity to apply the learning. There is little time for reflection or deeper analysis and, as a result, activities intended to deepen learning, like role plays, tend to be superficial. There’s a quick debrief and then on to the next topic. No chance to go away and experiment in the real world in situations where there is something at stake. At the end of the training day, you’re exhausted and any learning from earlier in the day is rapidly fading.

There is a limit to how much knowledge can be crammed into the human brain in a single day.

And then, when you return to work, you have to catch-up on all the stuff that accumulated while you were away. Often, you don’t even try to apply your learning – you’re too busy getting stuff done and within days the training is a fuzzy blur.

What a waste of your time – and money!

Face-to-Face Training is Expensive

The online content in each edge course, if delivered face-to-face, would normally require 2 to 3 days and cost several times our individual and group courses. Plus, if delivered off-site, there would be additional travel and accommodation expenses and time away from work.