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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Execution takes courage, right?

By Mark Hannum on April 14, 2015

Getting stuff done is always a hot topic. And while there are many reasons cited for execution “fails”—lack of alignment, poor planning, communication and culture problems, reward and recognition issues, and the globally used “talent deficit”—all of these issues can be traced back to a lack of strategic clarity.

Posted in Blog, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Team Effectiveness

What are you good at?

By Mark Hannum on January 8, 2015

Do you have the skills and knowledge it takes to excel at organizing people and improve organizational effectiveness?

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The 10-point change checklist

By Mark Hannum on January 6, 2015

Moving an organization to the next level is not easy. It’s not routine. It’s not “business as usual.” And it takes committed leadership and the combined force of three very different types of individuals—experts, networkers, and passionate champions.

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Obey me or else?!

By Mark Hannum on November 20, 2014

I don’t follow people who wield authority to make themselves feel good. I don’t follow power trippers. And I’m not alone. No one follows these types of leaders. We may obey them, but we don’t follow them…

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