Paula Butte

​Principal Consultant

Expertise

Purposeful Leadership , Advancing Women Leaders , Creating Cultures of Inclusion

​About Paula:

Paula Butte is a Principal Consultant at Linkage. She is an exceptional executive coach and consultant with an impressive record of enabling leaders to focus behavior, solve seemingly intractable challenges and achieve outstanding business results.

Background & Experience:

Drawing on extensive experience internationally, Paula has worked with board members and leaders at all levels in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, finance, oil, pharmaceuticals, engineering and construction with clients located throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

Paula has coached graduates of some of the world’s premier executive education programs, including CFOs participating in Stanford University’s advanced programs. She has also collaborated with leaders to address leadership team effectiveness and performance issues, devise and deploy innovative business solutions, and build behavioral science-informed sustainable management systems. Paula is widely recognized for her expertise in developing leader coaching skills and has accredited scores of internal coaches in a wide range of client organizations.

Most recently, Paula has led organizational change management practices as a partner in a prominent consulting firm. In that role, she developed state of the art decision and behavioral sciences-based methodologies for deployment in major economic sectors, working with leaders at prominent brands throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Paula also has deep experience in performance change leadership and operational excellence. In this practice, she helps clients leverage a unique, proprietary applied behavioral and decision science tool set to deliver mindset and behavior change required for sustainable culture transformation, value creation and process adoption/optimization.

In addition to client engagements, Paula led multiple internal initiatives that delivered significant and rapid revenue and profit gains, including establishing centerlines for the company’s performance improvement and change management offers and developing a new line of cloud-based blended learning solutions. Paula’s background also includes managing an industrial chemicals business and the North American sales force for a Fortune 100 chemical company.

Education & Training:

Paula earned an honors BS in Business Administration and an MBA, Finance from Central Michigan University.

Paula's Insights

Leading with purpose: 3 strategies for managing decision risk

In times of change and transition, it’s easy to decide quickly and move forward. Purposeful leaders understand that they need to slow down and seek to understand more, even when it’s painful to do so. That means listening more and getting to the heart of what’s on people’s minds—even when you would really rather speak up and move on.

Behavior-Based Feedback: 3 Steps for Maximum Impact

Feedback is important—and should be focused on behaviors. It doesn’t need to take a lot of time—and it can be both formally and informally delivered. With practice, it can become a part of regular conversations. Here are 3 steps for getting maximum impact.

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