Linda Henman

Dr. Linda Henman is one of those rare experts who can say she’s a coach, consultant, speaker, and author. For more than 30 years, she has worked with Fortune 500 Companies and small businesses that want to think strategically, grow dramatically, promote intelligently, and compete successfully today and tomorrow. Some of her clients include Emerson Electric, Boeing, Avon and Tyson Foods. She was one of eight experts who worked directly with John Tyson after his company’s acquisition of International Beef Products, one of the most successful acquisitions of the twentieth century.

Linda holds a Ph.D. in organizational systems and two Master of Arts degrees in both interpersonal communication and organization development and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication. Whether coaching executives or members of the board, Linda offers clients coaching and consulting solutions that are pragmatic in their approach and sound in their foundation—all designed to create exceptional organizations.

She is the author of Landing in the Executive Chair: How to Excel in the Hot Seat, The Magnetic Boss: How to Become the Leader No One Wants to Leave, and contributing editor and author to Small Group Communication, among other works.

Dr. Henman can be reached at [email protected].

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3 Questions to Ask About Trusting Your Intuition Some business leaders are able to "go with their gut" and the decisions made as a result are perfectly sound – most of the time. Others don’t have the benefit of such spot-on instincts. Both sets should be making decisions with intention. Linda Henman offers insight into determining whether you should listen to that...

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Surefire Tips to a Speedy Exit Plenty of paths lead to firing, and lackluster (or even poor) performance isn’t the fastest by any means. Linda Henman outlines some of the more egregious ways you can bring about a quick end to a good job. Almost every year, a senior person in one of my client companies gets fired. Sometimes I’m surprised to...

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend 1977 opened with an intergalactic bang as George Lucas’ blockbuster Star Wars hit movie theaters across America. The incredible success of the first movie, which received seven Oscars and earned nearly $800 million worldwide, began with brilliant marketing of a groundbreaking thought: Let’s create a revolutionary movie-watching experience, complete with never-before-seen special effects. Star Wars leapt off screens and...

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mergers and acquisitions

Six Reasons Most M&A Deals Fail to Deliver Linda Henman examines the challenges facing mergers and acquisitions deals, dispelling myths and delving into the reality of the M&A landscape. Leaders need to insist on an integrated approach, readily informed by constant learning through challenges.  When companies merge or acquire, stakeholders rightly expect the whole to become greater than the sum of its...

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women in the workplace

Clear Steps to Advancement You'd be hard-pressed to find a CEO at odds with the concept of equal pay; nevertheless, we've yet to reach complete gender parity on the compensation front. While executives do their part to ensure equal pay, women can fight the fight from the other side, actively preparing for and pursuing promotions. Here, she outlines 10 strategies to help...

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How to Build a Bench of Future Leaders When putting plans in place for a future leadership team, timing is crucial. Will successors be ready to step into the positions they’re being groomed for when the executives in those roles are ready to retire? What if there’s a gap of a few years or more? Linda Henman offers solutions to fill in...

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A Leader’s Formula for Success As leaders move upwardly through an organization, they need to also graduate from their role in day-to-day problem solving. The bigger decisions are theirs to own, but middle management and front-line employees must learn to fix problems themselves so as not to become overly dependent on the C-Suite. My local burger restaurant recently installed a state-of-the-art Coke...

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Building a Culture of Excellence Star performers often have an innate, internal drive to exceed expectations. It's a tough thing to cultivate, but relatively easy to quash. Leaders should be careful not to stymie this quality in their teams. Linda Henman offers five tips to encourage "discretionary" effort. Years ago, I worked for a boss who would have told you how much...

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7 Secrets for Developing Evergreen Customers Customer acquisition is far and away more costly than customer retention, yet many companies place greater focus on developing business with new customers. Linda Henman explains how constancy is key in cultivating loyalty among existing clients. In botany, we learned that an evergreen plant has leaves that stay green throughout the year. Unlike deciduous plants, which...

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