Paul Thallner

Founder & Owner

    Paul Thallner is fascinated with the way leaders’ positive behavior impacts business results. He studied leadership and organizational change at the top-ranked Weatherhead School of Management and is currently conducting original research for a book on the value of positive behavior in organizations.

      Paul is an ICF-certified executive coach and assets-based organizational development consultant whose clients include senior executives from PepsiCo, Cleveland Clinic, Johnson-Matthey, Montefiore Medical Center, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, GreatMinds Inc., Team Rubicon,, Creative Commons, The Future Project, The Arthur Ashe Institute for Public Health, The Bush Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Corporation for National and Community Service, and more.

        By helping leaders leverage their strengths to drive engagement and results, Paul has built a reputation as an expert in catalyzing positive, sustainable organizational change at scale. He was hired recently to redesign the executive coaching component of the Presidio Institute’s flagship cross-sector fellowship program. In 2013, he was awarded a FuseCorps fellowship to design innovative cross-sector solutions aimed at reducing the high school dropout rate.

        Previously, he was a consultant at Teleos Leadership Institute where he led large-scale transformational change projects for clients such as British Petroleum, Viacom, Creative Commons, the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and others.

          He was Managing Principal Consultant for BroadVision’s (NASDAQ: BVSN) Worldwide Professional Services group during the Internet boom, and a Senior Consultant at K12 Inc (NYSE: LRN) where he opened new markets and generated $25 Million in revenue.

            Paul was President of School Performance where his leadership led to innovative solutions to provide student achievement data to school administrators quickly, efficiently, and at low cost. He learned a number of important lessons leading a complex multi-stakeholder organization, and his experience there led him to become a student of leadership.

            He started his career in Washington, DC researching best practices in education and later was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to lead the development of California’s Math and Science standards.

              Paul received a M.S. in Positive Organizational Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where he graduated with distinction and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma management honor society. He also holds a M.A. from the College of New Jersey and a B.A. from Gettysburg College. He works on projects for several international firms including Bath Consultancy Group (UK), RealWorld Group (UK), Teleos Leadership Institute (US), SMALLIFY (US), and Novus International (UAE & Lebanon).

              He provides pro-bono coaching to early-career non-profit leaders, and he volunteers with several community organizations. He enjoys reading, cycling, hiking, coffee, and spending time with his wife and son.