Paul R. Damiano


Paul Damiano, Senior Consultant


Paul has spent nearly his whole career helping individuals and organizations become better versions of themselves. Uniquely positioned with a background in both business (B.S. in accounting) as well as industrial/organizational psychology (Ph.D., M.A.), Paul has been uniquely positioned to help people in the business world grow, develop, and attain measurable goals. As a true believer in the “practice-what-you-preach” model, Paul also has been a life-long learner himself and has constantly pushed his own boundaries throughout the course of his own career.


In a career that has spanned almost 30 years, Paul has worked with organizations such as, Cole-Haan, Boston Consulting Group, Volvo, Whirlpool, MasterCard, Exxon-Mobil, Syngenta, Mercedes-Benz, Siemens, Bayer, Xerox, Microsoft, Kaufman Hall, Oldcastle/CRH, McKinsey, PWC, and KPMG. 

Through delivering custom-designed training programs, team development processes, organizational change initiatives, and an executive coaching practice, he has literally worked with thousands of mid- to senior level executives from across a broad spectrum of industries and over six continents. He also helps organizations in the hiring and selection process by conducting behaviorally-based and personality profile-based interviews. 

He also coaches and consults to senior teams on how to improve their decision-making processes, communication patterns, and conflict resolution skills as well as how to identify and leverage high potential talent within the organization.

Prior to making the transition to consulting, Paul was a Senior Faculty at Center for Creative Leadership for 7 years in Greensboro where he currently resides. He started his career as a staff accountant at Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, NY.


Paul’s approach to coaching is typically described by clients as adaptive, accessible, and goal-oriented. He can quickly build rapport and create an environment of trust and openness. Paul has learned how to adapt his style to both the developmental stage of his client as well as to the environment or context of their work place. Paul can be both tough and tender or serious and playful. He makes psychological concepts and other data-based evidence both accessible and immediately applicable. He has been known to use humor throughout the coaching process but always combined with a laser-like focus on business outcomes and goal attainment.

RELEVANT Assignments

  • CEO of a global non-profit. Focus: individual leadership effectiveness and how to develop a more autonomous senior team while increasing employee engagement.
  • Senior Product Engineer in automotive industry. Focus: how to transition from being a technical expert to leading a complex, multi-disciplinary group investigating new product development opportunities.
  • Partner at international accounting/consulting organization. Focus: working on presence, influence, communication, and networking skills to be able to be seen as a trusted advisor both internally and with clients.   

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (L.S.U. Baton Rouge, LA)
  • B.S. in Accounting (LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY)
  • Member of Society of Consulting Psychologists (Division 13 of the APA)
  • Member of Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (Division 14 of the APA)
  • Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership
  • Selected assessment certifications: CCL’s Benchmarks 360 assessment suite, DISC, WorkPlace™ Assessment Suite, Ambiguity Architect, Hogan Assessments, Influence Style Indicator Team Effectiveness Profile, MBTI, FIRO-B, Denison Organizational Culture Survey, EQ-I 2.0, TeamTelligent Suite and more.