Ron Taylor (author)

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Ron Taylor
Ronald W Taylor.jpg
Born Ronald W. Taylor
Washington, DC
Nationality American
Other names Ron
Alma mater University of Kentucky
Master's degree
Occupation Author, Speaker, Consultant, Musician
Known for Expertise in leadership and project management

Ronald W. "Ron" Taylor is an American author, speaker, consultant and musician. He is known for his expertise in leadership and project management. He has been married to his wife, Yvonne, since 1989 and has a son Chris, who is a civil engineer.


Ron Taylor was born in Washington, DC and moved to California at the age of six. He attended Somis Elementary School and then Adolfo Camarillo High School, where he was accepted into the prestigious California Scholarship Federation. After graduation, he attended Ventura College (then Ventura Junior College) for a year and moved with his family to Lexington, Kentucky. He paid for his education at the University of Kentucky by working for the U.S. Post Office, earning first an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and then an MBA.[1]

Career in academia and government[edit]

After receiving his MBA, Taylor began teaching at the University of Kentucky, where he was nominated Best Teacher of the Year.[2] He then accepted a position at the U.S. Bureau of the Census. During his career, he received numerous awards for outstanding service, chaired both the Management and Economics curricula at the International Programs Center, and was a member of the Bureau's Project Management Board of Directors.

Post government career[edit]

In 2002, Taylor founded The Ron Taylor Group which provides consulting services, and training in leadership and project management.[3] The company's clients include government agencies, universities, and a wide range of corporations.[4]

Taylor is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has been active in the Washington Chapter of the Project Management Institute for many years. He served as the chapter's president in 2007 and 2008. The Washington DC Chapter is the largest PMI chapter in the world, with over 11,000 members. During his term the chapter was named PMI Chapter of the Year and Taylor was named PMI's Component Leader of the Year.[5] He is also an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia,[6] and an Adjunct Professor in the Executive MBA Program at Virginia Tech.

Speaking and writing[edit]

In addition to his other credentials, Taylor has also been certified a Master Certified Knowledge Manager (MCKM) by the International Knowledge Institute.[7][8] Drawing on this expertise, along with his years of experience in project management and his consulting work with a broad range of clients, Taylor is a well-known guest speaker at seminars and conferences hosted by corporations, non-profit groups, and universities. He uses stories, analogies, and humorous examples to share both project management "best practices" and leadership lessons that can work in any type of organization.[9] He is represented by the Washington Speakers' Bureau.

Taylor is an international correspondent for PMForum, the co-author of The 77 Deadly Sins of Project Management, and the author of Five Easy Ways to Manage Knowledge and Nurture Trust.[10] He has contributed to books and articles on leadership and project management.[11] Taylor's latest book, Leadership: Stories, Lessons, and Uncommon Sense, was released in May, 2011. In the book, he stresses the importance of building a foundational leadership philosophy, a "to be" list, in addition to the traditional "to do" list, and an appreciation of both the responsibility and privilege that leaders bear. Taylor describes his leadership philosophy as consisting of three principles: (1) look for people who are doing something right, not wrong, (2) look for more leaders, not more followers, and (3) look for substance over style.

Taylor has been quoted in several books, such as Bonnie Biafore's Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real World Techniques with Microsoft Project,[12] and periodicals such as PMI Network and Smart CEO.[13] He has been a guest on several radio programs, including those hosted by Lisa DiMonte for[14] and Raechel Logan and Ty Kiisel for Talking Work. His work has been published not only by organizations in the United States, but also in India, Sweden, Russia, Canada, and Great Britain.

Published works[edit]

  • Taylor, Ron; et al. (May 2, 2011). Leadership: Stories, Lessons and Uncommon Sense (1st ed.). Newpoint Publications. ISBN 978-0-9833793-0-0. 
  • Taylor, Ron; et al. (July 14, 2009). The 77 Deadly Sins of Project Management (1st ed.). Management Concepts. ISBN 978-1-56726-246-9. 
  • Taylor, Ron (2010). "Nurturing Trust". ASK Magazine. NASA (39). Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  • Taylor, Ron (2004). "Five Tips for Successfully Managing Federal Government Programs". PM Boulevard. RobbinsGioia, LLC. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  • Taylor, Ron (2002). "Five Easy Ways to Manage Knowledge". ESI Horizons Newsletter. ESI International. 4 (3). 


Taylor is a musician and has played trumpet with Becca and the Buzzards since 2005.[15] He is a sponsor and board member of the National Trumpet Competition, held annually at George Mason University.[16]


  1. ^ [1] The Ron Taylor Group website. Accessed April 6, 2011.
  2. ^ [2] Taylor, Ron. "Project Management Update from Washington D.C.,", February, 2009. Accessed April 6, 2011.
  3. ^ [3] The Ron Taylor Group website. Accessed April 6, 2011.
  4. ^ [4] The Ron Taylor Group website. "Partial Client List." Accessed April 6, 2011
  5. ^ [5] PMI Washington, D.C. website. "Chapter History." Accessed April 7, 2011
  6. ^ [6] PMI Washington, D.C. website, "Ron Taylor." Accessed April 7, 2011
  7. ^ [7]"Master CKM Grads," International Knowledge Management Institute website. Accessed April 7, 2011
  8. ^ [8] Taylor, Ron. "Project Management Update from Washington D.C.,", February, 2009. Accessed April 6, 2011.
  9. ^ [9] "Community News.", February, 2010. Accessed April 7, 2011
  10. ^ [10] "Community News.", February, 2010 Accessed April 7, 2011
  11. ^ [11] PMI Washington, D.C. website, "Ron Taylor." Accessed April 7, 2011
  12. ^ [12] Bonnie Biafore, PMP, "The Project Communication Plan," MPUG, the Microsoft Project Users Group website, accessed July 18, 2011
  13. ^ [13] Rachel Cieri, Facetime: Getting the Most Out of Any Business Event," Smart CEO, June, 2011. Accessed July 18, 2011
  14. ^ [14] website, "Leadership Tips for Law Firm Partners and Other Leaders." Accessed July 18, 2011.
  15. ^ [15] Photograph in The Lamplighter, January 2011. Accessed April 7, 2011
  16. ^ [16] National Trumpet Competition website. Accessed April 7, 2011