Linda Sharkey

Business Strategist, HR Executive and Fortune 10 Talent Development Expert

Dr. Linda Sharkey is a trusted transformational expert, author, speaker, and global leadership development coach. Her most recent book, The Future-Proof Workplace, Six Strategies to Accelerate Talent Development, Reshape Your Culture, and Proceed with Purpose, highlights the changes already taking place around us: the transition from skills to knowledge, the neuroscience approach to leadership and motivation, and galloping technical advances.

  • Linda Sharkey`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Linda Sharkey`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    North Carolina, USA

  • Linda Sharkey`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Linda Sharkey`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    North Carolina, USA

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Future Proof Workplace

The Future-proof Workplace: Six strategies to accelerate talent development, reshaping your culture and succeed with purpose. Linda has been doing a vast number of keynotes to top leadership teams on the specifics of our 6 strategies. She focuses on what they need to do...

The Future-proof Workplace:

Six strategies to accelerate talent development, reshaping your culture and succeed with purpose. Linda has been doing a vast number of keynotes to top leadership teams on the specifics of our 6 strategies. She focuses on what they need to do personally to thrive in this unprecedented time of change and turmoil and how they need to lead their organizations. Linda helps them understand why 20th C. strategies must change or adapt to the new realities of the workplace and people in it.

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Global Mindset

Global mindset – through Linda’s experience in developing global leaders at Chase Bank, GE and HP Linda saw many global leaders that were successful but they were few and far between and the stories of the impact of the lack of global mindset ...

Global mindset – through Linda’s experience in developing global leaders at Chase Bank, GE and HP Linda saw many global leaders that were successful but they were few and far between and the stories of the impact of the lack of global mindset were astounding. She has developed a framework for what really makes top global leaders. Linda along with several colleagues researched why some leaders struggle in global contexts and others thrive. She analyzed over 150 highly successful global leaders in such companies as GE, HP, Jones Lang LaSalle, Shell, Standard Charter Bank to name a few and found 5 critical factors that makes these leaders stand apart. The research that she and her colleagues have done is ground breaking and takes the noise out of what drives successful leaders – it is truly 5 behaviors. She goes through, the 5 traits, how they make decisions, how they collaborate with others, how they develop their people as well as how you spot them, development and retain them. She will share the research and the stories about global mindset that we all can identify with.

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Diversity

Linda was responsible for global diversity at HP and throughout her over 30 year career. She has seen the various cycles of diversity and recognized that much of what is done today is just not realistic or practical and more importantly has not moved ...

Linda was responsible for global diversity at HP and throughout her over 30 year career. She has seen the various cycles of diversity and recognized that much of what is done today is just not realistic or practical and more importantly has not moved the needle. Companies still lack the diversity they need at the top. Yet every day diverse talent walks through the doors of every company. Linda tells the story of what she did at HP to break the unproductive patterns and really focus on building talent at all levels. She made some ground breaking controversial moves that increased the diverse promotions of women into leadership ranks by 38%. Diversity according to Linda is all about an inclusive culture and aligning global diversity to talent management and not quota’s and goals. Linda can tell you what cultures will support diversity and what gets in the way and how you uncover your cultural elements no matter how hard you recruit will keep you from having a diverse talent organization.

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Leaders Developing Leaders

At GE Linda developed the Executive Leadership Development Symposium (ELDS) named a best practice by Jack Welch and that still runs at Crotonville today. She tells the story of how she developed that program and what made it so powerful. No powerpoint...

At GE Linda developed the Executive Leadership Development Symposium (ELDS) named a best practice by Jack Welch and that still runs at Crotonville today. She tells the story of how she developed that program and what made it so powerful. No powerpoint pitches but leaders telling their stories about their greatest leadership lessons, challenges and failures and what they learned that made them who they are today. Linda worked with each of the leaders as faculty and helped them shape their leadership story. The approach and impact was so powerful that it was introduced into the famed GE Business Managers Course (BMC). She has extensive experience in developing leaders as coaches and establishing peer coaching for leaders to help coach each other. She has some great stories of successful implementation.

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Women's Leadership Forum - The Brand is You

As a leader in the GE Women’s Network, the sponsor of HP’S Global Women’s network and Advisory Board Member of Catalyst Linda has extensive experience with women’s issues in the workplace. She give a powerful talk about how to ...

As a leader in the GE Women’s Network, the sponsor of HP’S Global Women’s network and Advisory Board Member of Catalyst Linda has extensive experience with women’s issues in the workplace. She give a powerful talk about how to identify your brand, and understand what you need to do make sure your brand is what you want it to be. She provides tips on uncovering perception of you and how you can gain the necessary skills to shape your brand for success. She walks groups through a series of exercises to uncover the power of who you are and how to make that work for you every day. In addition she takes participants through a peer coaching model so they can real time feedback on how to best develop their brand.

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Leadership and Culture: The Keys to High Performance

Linda is an expert in organization culture and the impact that culture has on organization performance. She takes leaders through the elements of their culture that is helping them achieve their business strategy and what is getting in the way. ...

Linda is an expert in organization culture and the impact that culture has on organization performance. She takes leaders through the elements of their culture that is helping them achieve their business strategy and what is getting in the way. Leaders are the critical shapers of the cultures that they lead and knowing the hidden behaviors and values that block and sometimes stifle performance is critical in today’s intense business environment. Linda helps you peal back the onion to see the invisible aspects of your organization and helps you shape a path to improved performance. She has had extensive experience in cultural integrations of both large and small companies and can provide the steps and lessons learned to make those integrations a success.

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Optimizing Talent: What Every Leader and Manager Needs to Know to Sustain the Ultimate Workforce

Dr. Linda Sharkey, Executive Director for the Global Talent Network, shared highlights and answered questions about her newly released book, Optimizing Talent. Extensive research and experience with Fortune 500 companies has led Dr. Sharkey to ...

Dr. Linda Sharkey, Executive Director for the Global Talent Network, shared highlights and answered questions about her newly released book, Optimizing Talent. Extensive research and experience with Fortune 500 companies has led Dr. Sharkey to conclude that most organizations still come up dry in their attempts to develop a sustainable system – let alone one that allows for talent practices to be as well articulated and clear as most other operating mechanisms with in companies. By highlighting specific actions, tools, and techniques, this book creates a Talent Formula that ensures rigor in talent practices and makes talent optimization a top priority every day!

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About Keynote Speaker Linda Sharkey

Dr. Linda Sharkey is a trusted transformational expert, author, speaker, and global leadership development coach.

Her most recent book, The Future-Proof Workplace, Six Strategies to Accelerate Talent Development, Reshape Your Culture, and Proceed with Purpose, highlights the changes already taking place around us: the transition from skills to knowledge, the neuroscience approach to leadership and motivation, and galloping technical advances. Command-and-control leadership won’t take businesses into the new global environment and future-proofing your workplace may require a whole system change.

On her weekly radio show, Future-Proof Workplace, Dr. Sharkey and co-host Morag Barrett share first hand experiences, latest research and exceptional guest insights to help future-proof careers and companies. Listeners agree that their show is an essential guide to thriving in turbulence and is packed with compelling real-world cases on how to remain competitive in these unprecedented times. Archived shows are available here on iHeartRadio.

Through her programs and no-nonsense approach, Dr. Sharkey helps create high-potential leaders and shapes company culture. Linda has deep experience working with Fortune 50 companies and held senior human resource executive positions at Hewlett-Packard and at GE Capital. As Senior HR Executive with GE, Dr. Sharkey established a leadership development effort that became part of the world-renowned Crotonville offerings. This program was named best practice by CEO Jack Welch.

Her co-authored book, Winning with Transglobal Leadership, was named one of the top 30 best business books for 2013.

Dr. Sharkey is a founding member of the Marshall Goldsmith Group, and an inspiring keynote speaker at many global events, including the Global HR Academy with the Conference Board and the World Human Resources Development Conference, where she was honored with the “Super Women Achievement Award.”

Renowned leadership coach and thought leader, Marshall Goldsmith, has named Dr. Sharkey as one of the top 100 executive coaches from a field of over 16,000 and she was named to “Trust Across America’s 2018 Top Thought Leaders in Trust.”

Dr. Sharkey is a recognized expert on the future of workplaces around the globe and has been quoted recently in Inc. Magazine and Fast Company Magazine.

Testimonials

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

Marshall Goldsmith

Best Selling Author and Top Executive Coach

“I would use Linda Sharkey in any leadership development program or as a great speaker. I had a big sales meeting for over 300 NBC sales leaders. I brought Linda in to do 2 segments/keynotes – one on the true meaning of leadership and the second on coaching. We got rave reviews on her from a rather tough crowd. She is inspiring, yet practical and tells relevant stories to make her points.”

Executive, NBC

 

It was WONDERFUL to have you with us!!! I have only received the highest remarks about your presence in our reunion! In fact, our CEO mentioned interest in having you close to our organization in his final remarks. I hope that you continue to inspire many hundreds in days to come.

Emanual Garza

Xignux

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 a delight to work with.

Rich Hirst

CEO Forum Group

What a wonderful session you ran for our leadership team.  Not only was your design of the event perfect for our leaders but you have an engaging way of interacting with the team that helps them learn without feeling “taught”.  Your work with us has really helped transform our leadership group into a true leadership team.  Look forward to our continued work together

Carol Montgomery

CHRO York Risk Services

“Linda’s command of leadership development and organization culture issues is impressive. She is passionate about these issues and can inspire an audience to new heights.”

Robert Cooke

CEO, Human Synergistics

“Linda opened our Food Marketing Institute for all the major retailers with a 3 hour workshop onOptimizing Talent – How to build a Talent Rich Organization.  Her command of the topic and of the audience was impressive.  We all walked away inspired, but also with practical tips we could apply the next day.”

Laurie Gefkin

Director Food Marketing Institute

I wanted to say thank you for the session you ran for HS in Sydney, it was extremely insightful and it is always inspiring to have the opportunity to hear from people  like yourself with such deep and valuable experience.

Marketing Manager

Human synergistics, Sydney Australia

Your energy and experience is fantastic!  You are inspiring!

Dana Ertischek Greez

Menorial Sloan-Kettering

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Jul 1, 2015

The ROI of a Diverse Work Environment

Recent research indicates that the more diverse a company, the bigger its profits. Global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company...

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Jun 19, 2015

Managing a Diverse Work Environment

What does ‘diversity’ mean to the hiring manager?  Diversity is no longer a question nor a goal, but an irrefutable...

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Jan 8, 2015

On-Boarding and New Talent Integration

Of particular challenge to any organization is effective on boarding and integration of mid career outside talent into their organization...

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