Linda Ackerman Anderson

Dynamic Speaker on Enterprise Change Strategy and Organizational Change

Linda Ackerman Anderson is co-founder of Being First, Inc., a consulting, training and publishing firm specializing in change leadership development and transformational change for Fortune 1000 businesses, government, the military, and large not-for-profit organizations. Linda is a masterful change strategist and speaks about leading organizational change at national and international conferences. She is known as an inspiring model of her message who devotes herself to teaching others the best practices she has developed from over thirty years of being a coach to senior executive change leaders. Key areas of her consulting specialty include assisting senior leaders to sort through the chaos of transformational change to develop change processes that produce extraordinary business outcomes while simultaneously transforming organizational culture. She spends a significant amount of her time developing conscious change consultants and equipping them with the insights and methods to become experts in their fields.

Ms. Ackerman Anderson’s client list includes the Canadian Government, Intel, Shell, Lockheed Martin, The Nature Conservancy, DTE Energy, US West, Hewlett-Packard, Pacific Gas and Electric, Kaiser Permanente, the U.S. Army and Navy, and Honeywell.

Ms. Ackerman Anderson and her partner, Dean Anderson, are perceived as thought leaders in the field of change management and shifting organizational mindset and culture as drivers of transformation. Jim Kouzes, best-selling author of The Leadership Challenge, calls Linda and Dean “the leading authorities on change leadership and organization transformation.”

Ms. Ackerman Anderson co-authored with Dean Anderson the seminal books on conscious change leadership, Beyond Change Management: How to Achieve Breakthrough Results through Conscious Change Leadership and The Change Leader’s Roadmap: How to Navigate Your Organization’s Transformation. Both are now in their second editions. The first editions were best-sellers in the Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer Organization Practitioner Series. Daryl Conner, leading authority on change management, says these books were “written by masters of transformation.”

Ms. Ackerman Anderson led the thirty-year development of Being First’s renowned change process methodology, The Change Leader’s Roadmap. The industry journal, The Organization Development Practitioner, calls the Andersons’ Change Leader’s Roadmap methodology “the most comprehensive and immediately usable of all approaches available.” Ms. Ackerman Anderson also devotes herself to supporting women as leaders of change, and is currently finishing her next book on working women’s issues.

Ms. Ackerman Anderson has published over fifty articles on change leadership, including Awake at the Wheel: Moving Beyond Change Management to Conscious Change Leadership and Development, Transition or Transformation: Bringing Change Leadership into the 21st Century.  She was a founding leader of the field of Organization Transformation in the 1980’s. Currently, she co-authors the industry blog at

Ms. Ackerman Anderson received her M.A. from Columbia University’s Teachers College and her B.A. degree from Boston University. She is an exceptional artist, creating magical pieces of art out of all things natural. She lives between two wilderness ranches in Southwest Colorado and loves being in the outdoors with her husband, Dean, and daughter, Terra, now a thriving college student. Her hobbies are her artwork, hiking, gardening, and cooking.

Dean Anderson’s Bio

Share This Page…

Change Leader’s Network News

Get the latest industry research, updates and resources on personal and organizational change sent to your inbox with "Change Leader's Network News." It's free!



With this extensively upgraded second edition, Dean Anderson and Linda Ackerman Anderson solidify their status as the leading authorities on change leadership and organizational transformation. This is without question the most comprehensive approach for leaders who are serious about making change a strategic discipline. Beyond Change Management is an intelligent book by two of the most knowledgeable and accomplished masters of their craft, and it’s one that every conscious change leader should adopt as their guide to creating more meaningful organizations.

Jim Kouzes
Coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and The Truth About Leadership

Read this great book by Dean Anderson and Linda Ackerman Anderson and learn how to use their multi-dimensional approach to lead transformation masterfully and consciously!

Marshall Goldsmith
World-renowned executive coach
Author of the New York Times best-sellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

An important move toward a more integral business consulting approach, very much recommended for those interested in the topic and ways to actually apply it. 

Ken Wilber
Author, The Integral Vision, A Brief History of Everything, and over a dozen other best-sellers

Dean and Linda are core to the field of conscious change leadership, and continue to stretch and push its boundaries in this rich and deep compendium. This is a must read from two consummate thought leaders who have devoted their careers to developing highly successful change leaders. Read it and immediately improve your change leadership or consulting success.

Bev Kaye
CEO, Career Systems International
Author of Love 'em or Lose 'em: Getting Good People to Stay

This book is about mastery of leading the transformational change process written by masters of the craft.  For corporate leaders and consultants who consider themselves committed students of the process of organizational change.

Daryl Conner
Chairman, Conner Partners
Author of Managing at the Speed of Change and Leading at the Edge of Chaos

Beyond Change Management is a timely how-to guide for leading change in the 21st century. It provides both a conceptual roadmap, and practical tools and techniques for successfully transforming organizations.

Noel Tichy
Professor, University of Michigan
Co-author with Warren Bennis of JUDGMENT: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls

Once again, Dean and Linda have nailed it! Beyond Change Management is an extraordinary book examining the shifts in change management that have occurred over the years. This book offers real, practical solutions for change practitioners to become extraordinary conscious change leaders.

Darlene Meister
Director, Unified Change Management
United States House of Representatives

Powerful business solutions to the current chaos facing many organizations today. Dean Anderson and Linda Ackerman Anderson get to the heart of change, the human touch, by using timeless techniques and tools.
Ken Blanchard
Co-Author of The One Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level

Having applied this methodology for two years to manage change inside Microsoft, it has been instrumental in our ability to land change effectively, engage employees and deliver results quickly. The Change Leader’s Roadmap allows us to lead change with precision and minimal outside consulting, while at the same time growing change leadership capability internally. This is the most complete change methodology we have found anywhere.

Pete Fox
General Manager, Corporate Accounts
Microsoft US

This newest edition of The Change of Leader’s Roadmap is an invaluable, comprehensive and practical guide for envisioning an organization’s desired future, designing the structures and practices necessary to make it happen, and implementing them effectively. The book describes the change process in nine distinct phases and outlines the activities and tasks that need to occur in each phase. It provides change leaders with an essential map for successfully traversing the complex and uncertain terrain of transformational change.   

Thomas G. Cummings
Professor and Chair, Department of Management & Organization
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California

This is the next best thing to having Dean, Linda and the Being First team riding alongside your complex change initiative. The Change Leader’s Roadmap breeds confidence in senior executive “Champions” to guide not just a successful transformational change, but most importantly, to develop the mission critical organizational CULTURE that will ensure unparalleled return on investment. Nothing I have seen in my 32 years of leading change comes close.

Jeff Mulligan
Former CEO, Common Wealth Credit Union
Mayor, City of Lloydminster

After implementing more than 2000 business strategy and operational excellence initiatives, we set out to find the best change methodology and toolbox in the world. The methodology this book describes is it! Study it thoroughly, because the thinking, process approach and pragmatic tools really work!

Thomas Fischer
Director COO
Valcon Management Consultants A/S

A practical, step-by-step guide for change leaders, managers and consultants. The book provides conceptually grounded, real world, time tested tools and guidance that will prove invaluable to those faced with navigating the challenges of leading organizational change in today's turbulent times.

Robert J. Marshak, Ph.D.
Senior Scholar in Residence
MSOD Program, American University
Organizational Change Consultant