Dr. Linda Henman, known as the Decision Catalyst®, is the founder of Henman Performance Group, a leadership consulting firm. Linda helps C-suite leaders make decisions that they must get right and can’t afford to get wrong. In fact, in more than 35 years, none of her projects has failed. Some of her clients include leaders in organizations like Avon, Emerson, Estee Lauder, Kraft, and Tyson.
Linda first studied decision-making while working on her PhD in 1994. She conducted long-term original research on 138 American POWs (including John McCain) who had survived five or more years of brutal imprisonment. The study, under the direction of the U. S. Navy, uncovered the pivotal decisions the POWs made to stay resilient—decisions about their beliefs, identity, and life’s purpose. These research findings have guided Linda’s work with executives ever since.
Today, Linda works predominately with those in the c-suite to help them make decisions on issues like business growth, CEO selection, mergers & acquisitions, and succession planning. (In fact, Linda was one of eight succession planning experts who worked with John Tyson after his company’s acquisition of International Beef Products—one of the most successful acquisitions of the 21st Century.)
Linda has written or cowritten six books:
- The Merger Mindset: How to Get It Right in The High-Stakes World of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures
- Tough Calls: How to Move Beyond Indecision and Good Intentions
- Challenge the Ordinary
- Landing in the Executive Chair: How to Excel in the Hot Seat
- The Magnetic Boss: How to Become the Leader No One Wants to Leave
- Alan Weiss on Consulting
- Small Group Communication: Theory and Practice
She also writes regularly for CEO Magazine and Corporate Compliance Insights.
Linda is an inductee in the Million Dollar Consultants’ Hall of Fame and holds numerous professional certifications, including Director Professionalism, a designation given by the National Association of Corporate Directors.
She lives in St. Louis, MO and can be reached at www.henmanperformancegroup.com.