A life of Inquiry
At an early age Linda learned the power of group inquiry to create understanding, alignment and collective innovative solutions when working with an education research foundation in Chicago. She saw how important ‘beliefs and assumptions’ are to the decisions we make about what we stand for and what we do. These decisions effect our individual lives, relationships, communities, organizations and nation states. Undergraduate degrees in Philosophy/Ethics and Religious Studies led to 18 years rewarding years in diverse start-ups and diverse corporations. But a growing angst created by experiencing organizations and individuals set up for failure instead of success propelled her to find a way to challenge people to ask the right questions at the right time.
Seeking world-class process to help people get perspective BEFORE they plan and go into action – she found the work of Tom Paterson – the man Peter Drucker called ‘the greatest strategic planner who ever lived.’ She added the Paterson Strategic Operating Plan Process™ and LifePlan™ Process to her facilitation tool box.
World Champion Level Competition
Blazing trails in the all-male world of offshore yacht racing she has sailed on over 100 teams in the past 28 years Linda’s business background and racing accomplishments merged in 1995 when she made history as a member of America3, the first all-women’s team to compete in the America’s Cup- the Super Bowl of sailing. She simultaneously competed as a team member and co-spearheaded their highly successful sponsorship program bringing several companies into the sports business environment for the first time.
After the 1995 America’s Cup, Linda took the helm of Yachting Magazine, as Publisher, leveraging her brand building experience in the luxury goods market. Linda was awarded Glamour Magazine’s ‘Women of the Year’ in 1995 with America3, and was honored by Lifetime Television in 1997 as one of the ‘Top 100 Women of the Century.’ Winning two world championships in 2004 and 2009 she thrives in high-risk, stretch-goal team environments where she continues to compete successfully at the international level.
Rising Tide Leadership Institute
Linda recently launched the Rising Tide Leadership Institute with A3 Team mate Katie Pettibone; a non-profit focused on equipping women leaders to excel in the global economy. www.4risingtide.org
Linda lives on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery AL with her husband, AF Major General Brian T. Bishop. She also works from the Courageous Thinking Inc. office in Traverse City Michigan, and lives in Leland.
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