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Paul Russell
Paul Russell
Founder, Even If It Was Free
Paul‘s professional bio / interests
I am a technologist at heart ( 35+ years ) and recently left IBM. I now mentor coach and inspire teams to explore their divergers mindset. With a career selling and figuring out how tech should work I now am passionate about human centred thinking and where bias and illusion blurs the decisions we make. My approach is loosely based on a design thinking philosophy with experiences of selling, consulting, leadership and working in large enterprise and start-up incubators.
I’d like help with…
Helping leaders and teams work on challenges and opportunities using a diverse mindset approach to reframe and explore alternative paths to find sustainable answers. Whether as a mentor or coach I believe my experiences bring a diverse dimension. I aspire to be a NED.
An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…
I have just written a book. Something that I never thought I would do. Call it post corporate blues but I did it. A book that was self-published. I can share my experiences with anyone thinking of doing the same!
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A career highlight
I spent 9 years on the Microsoft Partner Advisory Council. A time where I definitely punched above my weight meeting incredible people in Redmond who many remain close friends today. Dinner with Bill Gates was a highlight though it wasn't just the two of us. If I recall I was at the far end of the table but who cares! I was also interviewed by a computing magazine about the cloud paradigm shift that was being predicted and was quoted as saying 'it will never happen'. Thank god this was before social media!
Joined Guild
23 January, 2023