Fabio Sala, Ph.D.

member emotional intelligence consortium

Affiliation: Organization Performance Partners, Inc.
Email: fabio@orgperformpartners.com


Fabio Sala is Principal at Organization Performance Partners, Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to driving performance and growth by helping organizations set clear strategic priorities, ensuring leaders are aligned and employees are equipped to execute.

With his 20 years of experience, Fabio Sala has held leadership roles in corporate, consulting, and academic settings. He has worked with a variety of industries including biotech, pharmaceutical, information technology, medical device, consumer products, transportation, retail, and financial services.

Most recently Fabio was Senior Director, Organization Effectiveness at Biogen Idec, where he worked on enterprise-wide business challenges related to globalization, integration, scaling for growth, and operational effectiveness. Fabio led a global team of Development Consultants at EMC Corporation where he was responsible for the implementation and adoption of leadership development and talent management programs and processes. Previously, he was Associate Director of Learning and Development at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, responsible for leadership and organization development, career development, performance management, and corporate training.

Fabio began his career at the Hay Group’s, McClelland Center for Research and Innovation, working with leading global organizations, such as IBM, Pfizer, Aero Mexico, Caterpillar, Toyota, Health Net, and Microsoft. Fabio was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Massachusetts where he taught Organizational Behavior, Research Methods, Statistics, and Social Dynamics courses. He has lectured at Boston University and Johns Hopkins University. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Boston University under his mentor, David C. McClelland.


Kantor, S., Kram, K., & Sala, F. (2007, in press).  The Value of Executive Adaptability. Leadership in Action.  Greensboro, NC:  The Center for Creative Leadership.

Sala, F. (2003, September).  Humor Pays: Witty executives get bigger bonuses and better performance ratings.  Harvard Business Review.

Sala, F. (2003).  Executive Blind Spots:  Discrepancies Between Self-Other Ratings.  Journal of Consulting Psychology: Research and Practice, 54(4), 222-229.

Sala, F. (2003).  Leadership in education: effective college Principals.  Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 14 (2), 171-189.

Sala, F. (2002). Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI) Technical Manual. Boston: McClelland Center for Research and Innovation, Hay Group.

Sala, F., & Dwight, S. (2002).  Predicting executive performance with multi-rater surveys:  Whom you ask makes a difference.  Journal of Consulting Psychology: Research and Practice, 54(3), 166-172.

Sala, F., Krupat, E., & Roter, D. (2002).  Satisfaction and the use of humor by physicians and patients.  Psychology and Health: An International Journal, 17 (3), 269-280.

Sala, F. (2001). Do programs designed to increase emotional intelligence at work—work?  Emotional Intelligence Consortium, from http://www.eiconsortium.org/

Book Chapters

Sala, F. (2005).  Making the Business Case: Emotional Intelligence Competencies and Important Business Outcomes.  In Druskat, V., Sala, F., & Mount, G. (Eds.). Linking Emotional Intelligence and Performance at Work: Current Research Evidence.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.







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