Linda Balkin

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Experience and Approach

Linda’s approach to executive and team development blends a business, fact-based orientation with insight, empathy and humor. She works with clients who are often facing significant change – a bigger role, a shift in business complexity, a new team, an acquisition. Next Generation leaders in family businesses are looking to grow and develop to ensure a smooth succession process. Linda helps these leaders identify their strengths and challenges, create new perspectives, and iteratively apply new learning and behaviors. Throughout the coaching process, clients feel challenged and supported, while they expand their capacity to address these ever-changing complexities and dynamics.

Linda gained insight into what makes leaders successful and what hinders their progress through her experience in strategy development and retained executive search. As a Director at an information start-up, she delivered business strategies and grew the consulting business. She then shifted her focus to talent and people strategy. In her role as a Principle in two retained search firms, she placed executives and built leadership teams for a range of clients, from high growth start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

Linda commitment to this work stems from seeing the significant impact a leader can have on people and business results. She believes that when leaders continuously learn and grow, it creates a positive ripple effect throughout the organization – from employee engagement to profitability.

Education and Certifications

Linda has a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. She is a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation and The Coaches Training Institute. Additionally, Linda serves as a coach and leader in the Next Generation Leadership Institute at the Loyola Family Business Center and an executive coach for the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. 

Why Do I Do This Work?

“It is all about people evolving into the best version of who they are and aspire to be – for their organizations, families and communities. I am passionate about helping clients believe in themselves, identify what gets in their way, and practice new behaviors so they can move forward towards greater fulfillment and effectiveness.”