The Answer Is No Answer: The Path To Becoming a Leader

By Mark Hannum on September 12, 2018

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Ultimately, it’s our ability to commit to a lifelong journey of becoming purposeful that allows us to effectively balance the day-to-day dilemmas—and unsolvable problems—that we’re faced with as leaders.

Posted in Blog, Coaching, Executive Development, Innovation, Leadership Development

Did you see us on prime time?! Linkage featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes

By Mark Hannum on April 17, 2018

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I’m really thrilled at how far Linkage has come. I have to admit that our appearance on 60 Minutes on Sunday night was unequivocally a high point for me during my 20+ years here. For those of you who haven’t seen it, take a few minutes to watch the clip now.

Posted in Blog, Inclusive Leadership, Leadership Development, Women in Leadership

Identify Your Reasons for Leading and Build an Action Plan in 3 Minutes

By Mark Hannum on April 10, 2018

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Today, I’m excited to share a short, powerful exercise that I did in one of the first leadership development workshops that I ever attended, many moons ago. It has since stood out in my mind as a defining moment in my own journey of discovery, and here’s why: it helped me uncover my motivation for leading—and for doing what I do every day.

Posted in Executive Development, Leadership Development, Talent Management

How will things be different with your leadership?

By Mark Hannum on March 5, 2018

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Vision is key to leadership, and vision starts by understanding context, your organization, and yourself. It’s important to understand who you are. Why do you want a leadership role? What about you is going to create that cascade of people doing the right things to achieve something bigger than themselves?

Posted in Blog, Executive Development, Leadership Development

Leaders, enlarge your podium!

By Mark Hannum on February 14, 2018

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The essence of purposeful leadership is finding the “why” within yourself, and then enlarging your podium to include other leaders who have similar “whys”—or who are inspired enough to adapt your same “why.” The purposeful leader uses this collective energy to organize and energize efforts to achieve the “why.”

Posted in Blog, Executive Development, Leadership Development

Purposeful Leadership takes center stage today at #LinkageGILD

By Mark Hannum on October 22, 2017

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Today marks a big day in Linkage history—we’re not only kicking-off our 21st Global Institute for Leadership Development® in Palm Desert—we’re sharing the findings from the largest leadership research study we’ve ever conducted in our 30 years of business.

Posted in Blog, Executive Development, Leadership Development

Purposeful Leadership™: What Differentiates Better Leaders?

By Mark Hannum on June 20, 2017

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What sets great leaders apart? Matt Norquist and I had the opportunity to share some of our research findings in a recent webinar on Purposeful Leadership™. Read on for a summary and a link to the recording.

Posted in Blog, Executive Development, Leadership Development, Past Webinars

Purpose Matters: Then, Now & Always

By Mark Hannum on March 28, 2017

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Linkage is preparing to introduce a new way to think about leadership based on our recent analysis of over 100,000 leaders worldwide. Ultimately, when we distilled the data points, we revealed five core areas—or commitments—that are vital to every leader’s success: Be purposeful, inspire, engage, achieve, and innovate.

Posted in Blog, Executive Development, Leadership Development

As the Nose Grows: Authentic Leadership in the Age of Pinocchios

By Mark Hannum on September 30, 2016

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Some might say that little lies—whether lies of omission or putting a spin on a situation that isn’t completely truthful—are just the way it is, especially in business. As leaders, we have the amazing (and yet sometimes daunting) task of motivating, inspiring, and creating a vision and mobilizing others around it to create a better future. The more authentic we can be as leaders, the more trust we build—people will want to follow us, work with us and innovate with us.

Posted in Blog, Executive Development, Leadership Development

Tales of Organizational Transformation: My Moment of Truth with IIE

By Mark Hannum on September 23, 2016

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Organizational change starts with getting to the root cause of the problem—and rallying your people to help create the solution. This is a critical (and often painful) first step. Learn how one of the world’s most reputable non-profits started the rebuilding process and ultimately equipped 650 employees to create a culture shift.

Posted in Blog, Leadership Development, Talent Management

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