How will things be different with your leadership?

By Mark Hannum on March 5, 2018


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?

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Leaders, enlarge your podium!

By Mark Hannum on February 14, 2018


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.”

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Purposeful Leadership takes center stage today at #LinkageGILD

By Mark Hannum on October 22, 2017


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.

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Purposeful Leadership™: What Differentiates Better Leaders?

By Mark Hannum on June 20, 2017


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


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.

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

By Mark Hannum on September 30, 2016


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.

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Tales of Organizational Transformation: My Moment of Truth with IIE

By Mark Hannum on September 23, 2016


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

Is security or freedom more important in today’s workforce?

By Mark Hannum on September 24, 2015


The price of “freedom” requires the courage to believe that your unique talents have value. But the price of the illusion of “security” often requires much bigger sacrifices.

Posted in Blog, Innovation, Talent Management

The toxic effects of communication triangulation

By Mark Hannum on August 15, 2015


This is the fifth in a series of posts on Systems Thinking by Linkage Principal Consultant Mark Hannum. He admits that the series will probably reveal too much about who he is, and why he does what he does.

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What makes a great Chief Strategy Officer?

By Mark Hannum on June 1, 2015


Every successful CSO, and for that matter, every successful person I’ve ever met has developed a core set of values or philosophies that they stand for unequivocally. In life, they are the person you want as your parent, your spouse, your family, your partner.

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