Behnam Tabrizi

Behnam Tabrizi

World-renowned expert and champion of organizational and personal transformation


Behnam Tabrizi has been teaching Leading Organizational Transformation at Stanford University and executive programs for more than 25 years.   He has written six books on leading innovation and change. Dr. Tabrizi coined the phrases “Rapid Transformation” which debunked the previous linear lengthy model of transformation and “Inside-Out Effect” which accentuated the critical role of personal transformation in organizational transformation. Further, in the early 90's his award-winning doctoral thesis at Stanford was the research underpinning of design thinking and agile development.  

Dr. Tabrizi served as an advisor to many large global companies, the U.S. President, and governmental agencies. He has helped thousands of CEOs and leaders in high-tech (Including Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft), banking and finance, retail, healthcare, etc. plan, mobilize, and implement transformational initiatives that have elevated organizational performance and created unprecedented results. His latest book, “The Inside-Out Effect: A Practical Guide to Transformational Leadership”, is an international bestseller and was featured in 2014 on The Washington Post website as Leadership Book of the Week reaching 10.4 million readers. His “Rapid Transformation” book, published by Harvard Business Review Press, was picked by Business Insider as the #1 book on leadership.

Tabrizi’s research with McKinsey & Co. on more than 100 global companies on “Accelerating Agile Innovation & Transformation” was featured in Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and the San Jose Mercury News as a “pioneering work.” He also has also been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, Economist and C-SPAN regarding his work on transformation. Dr. Tabrizi has served on the boards of Clever Sense (recently sold to Google), WebMBO (merged with Realm Corp.), Catapult Ventures, and has held positions at the Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dr. Tabrizi received a B.S. in computer science, summa cum laude, and then earned a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Illinois-Urbana. He earned an M.S. degree in engineering management and a doctorate in strategy, organizations, and digital transformation from Stanford University.