“We have to do the inner work that surfaces when we bump into people and tasks that don’t conform to our expectations. Often, a shift is required; what used to work, doesn’t work as well as it used to. That’s where the adventure begins.”
Linda Bidlack knows the leader’s dilemma firsthand — when it dawns on us that our helping isn’t helping. She believes coaching gives clients the chance to update old thought habits, to develop new assumptions about what success really looks like in adulthood, unleashing energy that had been tied up for decades in perfectionism, over-functioning, staying in control, or other common default strategies.
With her study of neuroscience and trauma-sensitive mindfulness, Linda knows how jumpy and overwhelmed our nervous systems are in the modern workplace. She helps clients to track their own thinking and behavior long enough to become better observers of themselves and others in real time so they can self-correct while everyone else is running around with their hair on fire.
Linda lived in Haiti as a child, igniting her passion early for cross-cultural friendship and fueling her co-creation in 2016 of year-long small groups on race in America for evenly balanced numbers of black and white colleagues. She now co-teaches the 2-day course “LENS: Creating a New Normal on Race, One Conversation at a Time” for the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University, and coaches leaders on leading a diverse workforce.
Linda also moderates Saturday workshops for Braver Angels (from Lincoln’s 1st inaugural address, on the ‘better angels of our nature’, just before the Civil War), a citizen-driven movement bringing conservatives and liberals together for workshops to depolarize America. Graduates often go on to dinner together afterwards and take on local issues in a bi-partisan way.
- 13 years of experience in the field of leadership coaching
- International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
- Prior to coaching, 25 years of experience in leadership, organization, and career development in aerospace and consulting for dozens of mission-driven organizations
- Passion for coaching leaders in the midst of change, using adversity as a living laboratory for experimenting with how to do their best work in a way that’s sustainable.
- Works with clients on topics including resilience, increasing capacity to manage frustration anxiety, emotional intelligence, and learning to embody an inclusion mindset
Education, Training, and Certifications
- Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching (Georgetown University)
- M.A. in Counseling (University of Maryland)
- Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation, 2020
- Narrative Coaching Certificate, 2018.
- International Coach Federation Assessor’s Training, 2015.
- Coaching Teams for Sustained Performance, One21five and the Miro Group, 2013.
- Assessment Certifications:
- Leadership Circle Profile; Hogan; Intercultural Development Inventory and Conflict Survey; Team Conversation Norms Diagnostic; EQi and EQ 360; ESCI; Myers Briggs Type Indicator; OPM Leadership 360; Saroga 360 for non-profit leaders; Strength Deployment Inventory; FIRO-B, FEBI.
- Has parachuted, backpacked through China and Nepal, loves hip hop and science fiction and sings in a gospel choir.