Turner was born in a Caravan and raised on a small Highland Croft near Inverness, Scotland . He is married with four children, three sons, one daughter and a granddaughter. He presently resides in Monaco.
He earned personal entrepreneurial insight from experiencing, and surviving, three recessions. He founded 9 enterprises from start-up including Paramount Homes — pioneers in bespoke luxury housing. He also developed The Piaf Theme Restaurants and Cockfosters Group; and the SkyPark Business Centres.
He is a Former Chairman of Futuremedia Learning — one of Europe’s leading multi-platform learning solutions specialists and former President of the parent company, Futuremedia plc — A NASDAQ listed award winning e-learning company. He is Chairman of the Zena Foundation, a charity, which involves the patronage of John McCarthy, set up to support victims of culturally aggravated murders and domestic violence survivors in line with recent UK government initiatives.
As Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship, Colin Turner advises leading businesses from GlaxoSmithKline to Gartner and Microsoft to Monsanto Company. During his tenure as Director of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Theseus International Management Institute, today part of the EDHEC Business School, the Financial Times ranked the Institute No. 1 worldwide for internationality in Customised Executive Programs. His belief model for leadership has been embraced by leading organisations , and continues to speak and mentor around the world
Colin is the author of 18 books international bestselling books published in 75 countries and 39 languages; 40 audio programs including the award winning: The Psychology of Corporate Entrepreneurship and The One Percent Solution. Professor Turner is a Thought leader and has developed the principles of Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Creative Innovation Module: The One Percent Solution used in Schools under a Scottish Enterprise Initiative: Determined to Succeed . His non-fiction work combines Eastern philosophy and contemporary Western experience. Seven of his books were in the top 100 list Japan — including Born to Succeed that reached No 1. His book Made for Life was on the recommended doctoral reading list at Southampton University and his management books are available at the London Business School. He also writes novels under the name of Emerson Cole .
Born to Succeed (First published 1994. This edition 2002) Releasing Your Unlimited Potential. ISBN 978-1587991233
Paths To Succeed (First published 1995 as The Eureka Principle by Element. This edition 2002) Developing Entrepreneurial Thinking. ISBN 978-1587991257
Made for Life (First published Jun 1995. This edition 2004) A compelling story of the human spirit’s quest for fulfilment. ISBN 978-1904956044
Financial Freedom (First published 1996. This edition 1999) Principles of Networking - The Right and Wrong Way. ISBN 978-0340728895
Swimming With Piranha Makes you Hungry (First published 1997. This edition 2004). ISBN 978-1904956051
The Teachings of Billionaire Yen Tzu: Infinite Patience; Immediate Results Volume I (Vols I & II first published as Shooting the Monkey by Hodder & Stoughton 1999. This edition 2004). ISBN 978-1904956013
The Teachings of Billionaire Yen Tzu: Realising Desire; Needing Nothing Volume II (2004) ISBN 978-1904956020
The Business Pilgrim's Progress (2000) How to Give Better-than-excellent Service. ISBN 978-0340728925
Passion V$ Pension (First published as Lead to Succeed 2001. This edition 2004) Developing Corporate Entrepreneurship. ISBN 978-1904956037
Y Not (2005) Entrepreneurial thinking. ISBN 978-1904956068
How 2 (2005) Innovative Decisions: Allowing Creativity with Action ISBN 978-1904956075
4 You (2005) Empathic Communication: Simplifying Complex Situations ISBN 978-1904956082
To make a difference: The book that changes everything (2009) ISBN 978-1904956235
Secret Service: Licence to Thrill Your Customers (2009) ISBN 978-1904956242
GodSword, (writing as Emerson Cole 2006) ISBN 978-1847510143
Nemesis Circle (writing under as Emerson Cole 2007) ISBN 978-1847510174
The Oil Raider ISBN 978-1904956259
Virgin Hunter ISBN 978-1904956181
Men are what their Mothers Make Them (2010) ISBN 978-1904956