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.
Linda currently is Global Managing Director for Achieveblue Inc., a boutique consulting firm specializing in global leadership and talent development and cultural transformation. Linda brings a unique set of tools to Achieveblue and her work focuses primarily on applying scientific methods to human capital strategies that correlate to business outcomes.. Additionally, Dr. Sharkey is a Founding Member of the Marshall Goldsmith Group, a premier executive coaching organization that shows measurable improvements in those they coach.
Most recently Linda was Chief Talent Officer and V.P., People Development at Hewlett Packard, responsible for establishing and driving the company’s talent management initiative, performance management processes, career development, executive staffing, coaching, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion efforts. In this capacity she launched an executive development process that resulted in key actions to drive a high performance culture. She refocused the diversity efforts to be part of the mainline talent management initiatives and embedded them into the core processes of the company.
Prior to HP, Linda was with GE and held numerous Senior Human Resources and Talent Management roles. She established a leadership development effort for GE Capital that became part of the Crotonville offerings and was named a best practice by CEO Jack Welch. She led several key cultural integrations and established a coaching process for executives, developed HR professionals as coaches and personally coached many senior leaders.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND EDUCATION
Linda is widely published in the area of leadership development, culture change and executive coaching. She is frequently a keynote speaker at company events, Linkage, Talent Management Magazine conferences, Conference Board and the Organization Development Network. She holds a PhD in Organization Development from Benedictine University, MPA from Russell Sage College and a BA in History from Nazareth College. She is a past two term member of the Academy of Management Board for OD as the scholar practitioner.
BOARD & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Distinguished Fellow, Center for Global Leadership Development, The Marshall Goldsmith School of Business, Alliant UniversityAdjunct Professor – Benedictine University, Naperville, IllinoisExecutive Board Member of The Academy of Management Organization Development and Change DivisionFormer Advisory Board Member of CatalystFounding Board Member, Best Practices Institute
Linda Sharkey, Ph.D.Dr. Sharkey is a trusted transformational expert and speaker. She is the co-author of The Future-Proof Workplace and specializes in helping businesses prepare for the future. She is also an HR Executive and Business Strategist with experience in Fortune 10 companies coaching and developing leaders and teams and driving talent development initiatives that support productivity and company growth. She is a founding member of the Marshall Goldsmith Group focused on helping successful executives become even more successful.