Our Team

Working globally, partnering with leaders, teams and organizations to transform cultures, resolve complex challenges and leverage promising opportunities.

Tom Goodell

Tom Goodell is President and founder of Linden Leadership. Since its inception in 1987 our mission has been to guide clients in creating cultures of high performance. Tom provides executive, management and team coaching; leadership training; and culture-building services in a wide variety of organizations, including entrepreneurial businesses, large corporations, government, education, and not-for-profit institutions. Tom’s areas of expertise are in establishing organizational cultures of high performance. He is the author of Linden Leadership’s Cycle of Leadership, Three Practices of Collective Performance and Six Practices of Personal Performance models, which provide the foundation for Linden Leadership’s work. This approach integrates powerful coaching methodologies, systems theory, emotional intelligence, practices of high performance communication, and experiential learning. Tom received his CPPM certification in Ontological Coaching from The Newfield Network, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado. He studied somatic coaching at the Strozzi Institute in California. In partnership with Kate Rubin, President of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA), he co-designed and co-facilitated the MHTA ACE Leadership Program, providing leadership development training to hundreds of leaders in Minnesota companies of all sizes. Tom lives with his wife Barbara in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have two grown daughters, Sarah and Julia. He is currently writing a book on establishing resilient high performance organizations and is actively involved in training coaches and facilitators in the Linden Leadership principles and practices. Tom’s clients have included Piper Jaffray, Cephalon, Toro, Taylor Corporation, National City Bank, The University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business, Twin City Federal Savings & Loan, Bremer Bank, United Properties, Eide Bailly, and Young America.

Tom Goodell
Tom Goodell · President

Lecia Grossman

Lecia Grossman is a trusted Leadership Development Consultant and Executive Coach. She has a strong focus on leading organizational change through holistic leader development and coaching. Her innovative approach is grounded in human systems dynamics, coactive coaching principles, and creative practices. She is known for her boundless capacity to embrace challenge and change with curiosity and adaptive action, while creating environments where people are authentic and motivated. As a collaborative colleague who sees possibility in everything, she is dedicated to practicality and sustainability.

Throughout her career, Lecia has established departments, forged new product distribution systems, created multiple learning products for front-line workers to senior leadership, and facilitated learning and community forums. Her coaching and facilitation is engaging, motivational, and infused with creative practices, neuroscience methodologies, co-active coaching skills, reflective practices, and appreciative inquiry. Colleagues and clients come to her for help seeing the big picture and possibilities, and the beauty in the details. She is known for her ability to enthusiastically turn possibilities into sound, practical outputs.

Lecia co-offices in MN and TX and follows the warmth and sun. In TX she lives in the woods in a tiny house her husband built where her dog Ruby Rocket roams free. Her passion for dialogue and learning is found not only in her professional career but also in her community. She founded the zAmya Theater Project, a community theater collaboration of homeless and housed individuals aimed at increasing awareness, understanding and advocacy for the homeless.

Lecia grounds herself by listening to birds, mindfulness practices, yoga, and walking. Her mantra is “What would make it fun?”

Lecia Grossman · Senior Consultant
Lecia Grossman · Senior Consultant

Richard McDonald

Since 1984 Richard McDonald has provided executive coaching, leadership training and team development to a broad range of executives in diverse organizations throughout the world. In 28 years, he has provided coaching and mentoring to over 20,000 managers and senior executives on six continents.

Mr. McDonald’s areas of expertise are the training and development of managers who rely on influence, credibility and integrity for successful leadership. His unique approach integrates somatic coaching, emotional competence and a powerful methodology for collaborative alignment and execution. He has worked on assignments that range from one-on-one coaching to facilitating groups of all sizes, as well as being a keynote speaker.

Mr. McDonald’s coaching and consulting engagements have proven to accelerate and increase the value of the leaders’ unique contribution to their organizations. His clients have included American Airlines, AT&T, BP, Capital One, Cargill, Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Nike, Shell Oil and Westin Hotels. After receiving his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Mr. McDonald received a Postgraduate degree in Education from UNISA in South Africa. He has studied Somatic Coaching and holds an Advanced Leadership credential from the Strozzi Institute in California and a CPPM certification in Ontological Coaching from the Newfield Network in Colorado. He has also received advanced accreditation in Emotional Competence Training from the Three Mountain Foundation in California.

Richard was born in South Africa and has two grown children, Moriah and Justice. He now makes his home in Austin, Texas with his wife Amy. He enjoys surfing and travels the world in search of the perfect wave.

Richard McDonald
Richard McDonald · Partner

Jiezhen Wu

Jiezhen is a connector, collaborator, and changemaker. She was most recently an Equity & Inclusion Fellow and part of the Mindful Leaders Collective at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education - where she completed her Masters in Education with a focus on leadership and inclusion in organizations. Before Harvard, she worked in social innovation and social impact - leading a social enterprise and media platform in Asia and facilitating global summits and spaces for wellbeing for changemakers and collaborators. She also serves on several national committees and nonprofit boards in Singapore, and is a global facilitator and changemaker for Ashoka’s ChangemakerXchange initiative, and holds a degree in Positive Psychology, is a certified yoga teacher (RYT200) and positive psychology and possibility coach.

Prior to Harvard, she was the #girlboss and Executive Director at The Hidden Good - a community-centered content platform based in Singapore that collaborates with advocates and partners to raise awareness on social issues and inspire action. She thrives on building partnerships, growing communities, and making the good in the world less hidden. Jiezhen also double majored in Political Science and Peace and Justice at Wellesley College, graduating with double honors and a concentration in education and international community development.

She currently coaches and consults with Linden Leadership for organizations and leaders who are looking to build more conscious, inclusive, and impactful organizations.

Jiezhen Wu
Jiezhen Wu · Senior Consultant

Caroline Goodell

Caroline Goodell is a coach and facilitator with Linden Leadership. Her deep understanding of the role of the body in professional relationships and decision making at all levels is informed by a lifetime of work as a classical dancer, kinesiologist, fitness instructor, Rosen Method practitioner, somatic counselor and somatic coach.

Caroline’s somatic awareness coaching is based on understanding that the body harbors a vast intelligence and accesses far more information far more rapidly than can be consciously perceived. The result in the corporate world is a wealth of untapped intelligence at all levels of the organization. Caroline guides individuals, groups and teams to find an entry to this intelligence and to draw upon it. When individuals open to this extraordinary resource they communicate better, internal relationships improve, leadership skills emerge, and ultimately, productivity increases.

With over 25 years in private practice Caroline has developed a unique approach to teaching somatic awareness to a broad range of people including corporate leaders, educators, psychologists, dancers and parents. She is a certified Rosen Method practitioner, a Washington State Certified Counselor and a Licensed Massage Practitioner. She was on the faculty of Ashmead College, Seattle from 1990 – 1994 as a kinesiology instructor, and for over ten years taught an annual workshop titled Body Awareness and Psychotherapy to graduate psychology students at Antioch University in Seattle. She is currently adjunct faculty in the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Caroline is Founder and Director of the Institute for Body Awareness in Seattle, and is the creator of is the creator of numerous somatic awareness programs, including Bring Your Body to Work, Body/Mind Parenting, and Somatic Awareness in Clinical Practice. She has worked with the connections among the body, intellect and emotions since 1987. She has coached leaders in all kinds of organizations, from medical doctors to filmmakers, and first-line supervisors to senior executives.

Caroline teaches programs in the United States, Canada and Europe. Abstracts and papers from her presentations at the 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development, Culture and Education in Paris, and the International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends in Madrid are published in conference proceedings, and can be found by clicking on the following links: InPACT 2013 | 8th Int’l. She is author of a peer-reviewed chapter titled Somatic Markers in Clinical Practice in the book Psychological Applications and Developments recently published by InScience Press in Europe. She is currently writing a book on Body/Mind Parenting.

Caroline Goodell
Caroline Goodell · Senior Consultant

Doreen Johnson

Doreen Johnson is a skilled leader and transformative coach, facilitator, author and speaker. She leads with the depth of her compassion, inner strength, integrity and wisdom. She has a unique gift for bringing people together to awaken untapped gifts and abilities in practical ways.

Doreen’s coaching and facilitation processes are innovative, catalytic and relevant. She takes complex and sometimes conflicting ideas and recasts them into simple and productive applications that make a clear impact.

Doreen’s passion is to enliven the dreams and creativity of inspired leaders who want to make a difference in the world. She evokes your courage and confidence so you’re able to view all of your experiences as great opportunities to learn, grow and expand.

Doreen will spark your imagination with a blend of intention, momentum and celebration that creates greater joy, fulfillment, engagement and prosperity – so that you can create and walk your own Aware Way.

Doreen Johnson
Doreen Johnson · Senior Consultant

Stacey Larsen, Ed.D.

Stacey has a passion for leadership development. As a facilitator and executive coach she helps leaders deal with the “sticky people stuff;” become more confident, engaging, and impactful leaders; and find their own authentic leadership style. Stacey has a knack for getting to the heart of things, translating theory into simple, actionable practices, and exploring new perspectives that help leaders and teams get unstuck. Her facilitation style is interactive, and participants say time seems to fly by.

Stacey has 20 years of experience in leadership and change management. Her career began as a middle school teacher. She later became a leader in the K-12 education system in Wisconsin, implementing large-scale change initiatives and helping teachers, principals and staff improve their effectiveness. Since 2008, she has coached leaders, facilitated workshops, and designed & delivered leadership development training in a variety of for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations.

Stacey holds a doctorate in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She studied ontological coaching at Newfield Network, somatic leadership at Strozzi Institute, and is certified in the positive psychology-based ShiftPositive 360 assessment approach. She is adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas, where she directs the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching and teaches leadership coursework.

Stacey Larsen
Stacey Larsen · Senior Consultant