EXECUTIVE AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP COACH, KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND AUTHOR
Executives and top performers in leading companies rely on Executive Coach Linda Finkle to call them on their blind spots, expand their influence and create bigger things for themselves and the companies they lead. High achieving professionals from Ameriprise, Mass Mutual, Blue Cross Blue Shield, major law firms and dozens of others have come to know Linda as their secret weapon to overcome leadership and communication challenges that stand in their way of making an even bigger impact.
Linda is described as ‘the best of both worlds in that she understands revenue pipeline management as well as running an organization day-to-day’ and ‘an invaluable resource and advisor’ by others. No matter how they describe her, clients regularly welcome the benefits that come from their work together. Most notably, clients’ gross revenues skyrocketed, communication skills have been refined creating a lasting ripple effect across the organization, allowing them to make bigger impacts at work and in their personal lives, and learn smarter ways of adding value without burning out.
Known for her great rapport and relationship-focused demeanor, she is often called direct and has a truth-telling way about her. Linda Finkle has coached and trained more than 2,000 leaders in six countries since 2001. Widely known as “The Elephant Chaser,” Linda has a reputation for going straight for the throat of whatever problems a business is having and working closely with leaders and managers to resolve them and to heighten the company’s overall performance. Whether working one-on-one with clients, as an inspiring speaker, as a leadership team facilitator or with partnerships in distress, Linda is committed to guide clients to clarity about their communications, behaviors and stumbling blocks that stand in the way of their effectiveness.
Before launching Incedo Group, LLC, Linda built and managed an executive recruiting firm for more than twenty years. Her recruitment agency identified talent for Fortune 500 companies and small to mid-sized business as well, and ranked among the top 10 recruiting firms in the country. Her ability to understand the corporate culture and needs of the company for both the long and short term ensured her clients returned time and again. Even today, clients and candidates from her recruiting days reach out to her for advice, help, and guidance.
Linda's high impact workshops and keynotes have garnered glowing reviews nationwide. She brings focus, clarity, and humor to topics that affect each single person within every organization. Members of the audience consistently come out of Linda’s events with a renewed sense of possibility and the knowledge that they have the tools to turn those possibilities into reality.
Education and Accolades
Linda earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University. Linda is also one of only 700 people in the world to hold the distinguished Master Certified Coach (MCC) title from the International Coach Federation. For five years Linda was an instructor at the University of Miami’s esteemed coach training program.
Linda’s success among the dozens of organizations she helped led her to the spotlight of major business and investment publications. She has been interviewed in Harvard Business Review, Investor’s Business Daily, US News and World Report, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal among numerous other prestigious publications.
Her book, Finding the Fork in the Road, hit the bestseller list on Amazon within three days of being launched.
- Finding the Fork in the Road: Struggling with a business partnership? Can't decide if you should partner with someone else? Do you have a successful business but relationships are a challenge. Finding the Fork in the Road addresses these questions and more.
- Nearly every employer hates hiring. Most hiring managers don't know how to determine if the candidate has the skills necessary to be successful in the position, much less decide if they will be a good fit for the organization's culture. Then there is the cost of onboarding and training only to have that new hire turn out to be less than stellar. No one really wants to replace an individual who isn't quite up to snuff, so even when someone isn't performing well, you limp along. It's time to end this cycle and find the talent you not only want to hire, but also performs well and you want to keep. In Don't hire to Fire we provide you with ideas, insights, tools and how-tos for hiring and retaining top performers. This isn't another book on interview questions to ask. It's a book that delves into the interview process from a holistic point of view. What makes an interview successful? How to use the interview to brand your company, evaluate if you are ready to hire, read between the lines on a resume, and much, much more. Hiring is rarely a seamless process, but with the tools Incedo Group provides, you can make it far less frustrating. More importantly, you can avoid the potentially crippling pitfalls of hiring the wrong talent.
- We all believe we communicate well. Yet just about everyone I meet agrees with one premise...the other guys simply don't listen and that's the problem. I want to dispel that thinking. Yes it's true, at times they aren't listening and at times they may not even know they don't understand what you are saying. However the responsibility for successful communication lies with you, the sender of the message. Communication doesn't have to be difficult or arduous. However, successful communication takes practice. Read this quote by Francis Garagnon: "Between what I think I want to say, what I believe I'm saying, what I say, what you want to hear, what you believe you understood, and what you actually understood, there are at least nine possibilities for misunderstanding." In today's business world we have multiple generations, each with their own style of communication. Companies are multicultural, with remote offices covering different time zones. Business today is handled through email, text, IM, and phone. Face-to-face meetings are occurring less frequently. All of this, and more, complicates successful communication. In Why Communication Sucks we provide you with insight into why and how communication goes awry, how to prevent miscommunication from happening, tools to get your communication back on track, and a whole lot more. This e-book sheds light on the value of communication and the role communication plays in the workplace.
- Leaders who have vision and the ability to set strategy are often revered by senior leadership and boards. But the guts of what makes an organization work successfully are its people. A leader who is able to move people toward a common goal and successfully navigate the murky waters that often exist in companies is part magician and part Pied Piper. They believe that nothing is more important to the success of an organization than having the right people. Managing teams requires the leader to understand that changes will occur and be able to respond appropriately; this is the mark of a good leader. Anticipating these changes and taking action before the challenges present themselves is the mark of a great leader. Great leaders anticipate. Hiring successfully helps build great teams. Though you don't always have the choice to hire and you have to learn how to manage, mentor, guide and pull a team together to achieve the desired results. In Just Follow Our Tracks to Being a Great Leader: Managing People and Teams we share tips on how to do that and much, much more. It's not just a how-to book, it includes ideas to open up your thinking and change the way you lead. As a final note, this is one of three e-books on leadership. Each one includes different concepts of leadership. There is no overlap, and the books can be read in any order.