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Future-proof your leadership with High Octane Leadership, a place where business leaders (whether by title or aspiration) share cheat codes for unlocking workplace excellence, lessons learned along the way, and insider tips for future generations of next-level professionals.

With two decades of experience leading and growing multi-million dollar firms, host Donald Thompson is a serial entrepreneur and investor who worked his way to success with hustle and humility. He’s an expert in goal achievement, influencing company culture, and driving exponential growth. A Certified Diversity Executive, Donald is also CEO and co-founder of The Diversity Movement, a multi award-winning product-driven consultancy which offers an employee-experience product suite to personalize diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) through data, technology, and expert-curated content.

Each week on The Donald Thompson Podcast, he talks leadership, competitive learning, diversity and inclusion, and business growth through personal development with guests who are shaping the future of work. Find him on Linkedin, and listen here to learn how you can become future-proof too.

High Octane Leadership Donald Thompson

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    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

Future-proof your leadership with High Octane Leadership, a place where business leaders (whether by title or aspiration) share cheat codes for unlocking workplace excellence, lessons learned along the way, and insider tips for future generations of next-level professionals.

With two decades of experience leading and growing multi-million dollar firms, host Donald Thompson is a serial entrepreneur and investor who worked his way to success with hustle and humility. He’s an expert in goal achievement, influencing company culture, and driving exponential growth. A Certified Diversity Executive, Donald is also CEO and co-founder of The Diversity Movement, a multi award-winning product-driven consultancy which offers an employee-experience product suite to personalize diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) through data, technology, and expert-curated content.

Each week on The Donald Thompson Podcast, he talks leadership, competitive learning, diversity and inclusion, and business growth through personal development with guests who are shaping the future of work. Find him on Linkedin, and listen here to learn how you can become future-proof too.

    Empathy in Leadership vs Bottom-Line Results

    Empathy in Leadership vs Bottom-Line Results

    A few weeks ago, we heard from Hacking HR's Enrique Rubio on How to be a Leader in an Empathetic World. Today, Don gives his thoughts on how we can be high octane leaders in an empathetic world, when too often empathetic is seen as soft. And it doesn't mean having to reduce expectations on results.

    • 22 min
    Coaching the Next Generation of Leaders, with Walk West CEO Abha Bowers and Executive Coach Ravila Gupta

    Coaching the Next Generation of Leaders, with Walk West CEO Abha Bowers and Executive Coach Ravila Gupta

    When Abha Bowers became CEO of Walk West, her team started treating her a little bit differently because she's now the boss. And she wondered - since she doesn't look like most CEOs, she hugs way more than other CEOs, she's a feeler, a laugher, an empath - would she have to change her leadership style? Could she truly ever be effective as a leader?

    So she hired someone who's been there, Executive Coach Ravila Gupta. Together they worked on vulnerability, navigating being the only one in the room, breaking the glass ceiling, the River of Life, and how to become a transformative leader.

    Today Donald talks to both women about how Executive Coaching has advanced their careers.

    • 51 min
    The Epidemic of Average (Solo Episode)

    The Epidemic of Average (Solo Episode)

    We've all heard about Quiet Quitting and The Great Resignation. In the job market, we've seen salaries increase, and not necessarily because of better performance. With the economy favoring employees, are they no longer motivated to become excellent? Is the market creating an Epidemic of Average? If so, what can leaders do about it?

    • 27 min
    BONUS: Easterseals UCP: Helping thousands living with disabilities & mental health conditions live their best life

    BONUS: Easterseals UCP: Helping thousands living with disabilities & mental health conditions live their best life

    Easterseals UCP is serving thousands of people in this community - people with disabilities, Autism, and other behavioral challenges. With 2,300 employees, the depth of work and support they provide is as impressive as it is heart-warming. Today, we hear from two of those team members, Laurie Nederveen and Marta Quintana, as they share both their whys for joining Easterseals UCP and some of the programs they're focused on.

    • 31 min
    How to become an Empathetic Leader, with Hacking HR's Enrique Rubio

    How to become an Empathetic Leader, with Hacking HR's Enrique Rubio

    In September 2017, Enrique Rubio saw a problem - the world of technology was moving so fast, and HR was moving very slowly (it at all). It was completely disconnected from how the technology was moving the world forward. So he decided to do something about.

    Today, Don and Enrique talk about Hacking HR, HR trends, creating a better and more equitable workplace, and how to be a more empathetic leader.

    • 33 min
    Takeaways from the Black Men XCEL Summit

    Takeaways from the Black Men XCEL Summit

    On today's episode, Donald Thompson recaps his time speaking at and attending the Black Men XCEL Conference, which is "designed to elevate and empower Black men to be recognized for their value and talent."

    • 31 min

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