Linda Sharkey | Speaker, Thought Leader & Leadership Expert

Linda is a proven leader with experience in Fortune 10 companies building teams and driving talent development initiatives that support productivity and company growth. She has specific expertise in culture transformation, developing high potential leaders and building scientific and data supported talent processes that yield better leadership capability. She is an internationally recognized expert on global leadership development. Her co- authored book Winning With Transglobal Leadership was named one of the top 30 best business books for 2013. She also co-authored Optimizing Talent with Dr. Paul Eccher. Optimizing Talent is a groundbreaking work spelling out proven steps to build a talent rich organization. This book has been cited as a must read for every leader who knows talent is the real competitive advantage. Her latest book, The Optimizing Talent Workbook, will be out this spring. Dr. Sharkey is an inspiring keynote speaker at many global events. She is currently leading the Global HR Academy with the Conference Board, and she was a keynote speaker at the World Human Resources Development Conference in Mumbai, India. Linda was honored to be recognized at this conference with the “Super Women Achievement Award” for 2013. She has a reputation as a no nonsense executive coach that enables those she coaches to show measurable behavior change in the eyes of others. SPEKING TOPICS: > Building high performance cultures This presentation provides the nuts and bolts of ensuring your culture supports your company strategy. You will learn what to look for in your culture, how to analyze your culture for strategic execution and what to do to drive alignment between your leaders, your culture and your strategy. > How to ensure you have great talent to meet your challenges Talent is the single most important issue on most CEO’s minds today. However, much of what we do in the talent space is based upon 20th century beliefs, practices and realities. This presentation provides a statistical and valid framework to ensure you have the right talent to compete now and in the future. > Coaching to greatness Learn how to put coaching to work in your organization and make it part of your development DNA (to build and retain great talent fast and replace performance management). Learn steps to build a coaching culture that is timely, cost effective and fast. > Women in leadership Women will continue to be a growing force in any organization. Yet their ability to make strides in corporate America has been slow. This discussion focuses on the 5 actions you can take now as a female leader or as an organization to build powerful women leaders. > Transformation of the workplace in the 21st Century This discussion focuses on the 10 critical forces that are shaping the workplaces of today. Organizations who correctly recognize these forces and proactively manage them will have a distinct advantage in the years to come. > Culture – the glue to organization success “Culture eats strategy for lunch” says Peter Drucker. This discussion helps you understand the role of culture in your business and understand it’s impact on your bottom line and ability to retain/attract talent. Learn how to shape values that matter and leaders that live your values to ensure your culture is productive. > Building a global mindset Global expansion is the new normal and having leaders that can create value in the new normal is essential to succeed. This discussion focuses on the 5 dimensions of global leaders that have been proven to drive business success. You will learn the dimensions and how to spot and develop them in your leaders and talent pool. > Developing great global talent Building a pipeline of great global talent is a must in today’s markets. Organizations must be able to tap into great talent at all levels in far reaches of the global to capture true innovation. This discussion will focus on the 3 steps needed to build a great pipeline of talent and how to retain and grow that talent to capture innovation. *For full information on Linda's services (including 'Coaching' see her website listed below)


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  • Corporate keynote speaker
  • Leadership Development Expert
  • Cultural Change and Organizational Transformation Guru
  • Coach


2 Reviews
Rich Hirst Director, International HRD Forum, CEO Forum Group
Her theory about ‘transglobal leadership’ resonated powerfully...

“We specifically chose Linda Sharkey from thought leaders around the world based on her unique, researched, and lived insights about how successful leadership works in the world of multinationals and importantly how it can be developed. Her theory about ‘transglobal leadership’ resonated powerfully with our audience of multinational executives providing them with practical steps for improving their own leadership effectiveness and that of others. She was also a delight to work with.”

July 2018

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Marshall Goldsmith Best Selling Author and Top Executive Coach
one of the greatest leadership development professionals...

“Linda Sharkey is one of the greatest leadership development professionals and executive coaches I have ever met.”

July 2018

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