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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.

    Mastering Mindful Decisions: Navigating Choices with Six Hats

    Mastering Mindful Decisions: Navigating Choices with Six Hats

    Join Donald and Jason Gillikin in this episode of High Octane Leadership as they pull back the curtain on the Six Thinking Hats method, revealing its practical application in real-world decision-making scenarios. Dive deep into the stories of triumph and lessons learned as Donald shares his two decades of experience using this transformative approach. Whether you're a seasoned executive, an aspiring entrepreneur, or a team leader, this episode offers valuable insights and strategies to sharpen your decision-making skills. Don't miss out on this illuminating conversation that promises to equip you with the tools needed for effective leadership in today's fast-paced business landscape.
    High Octane Leadership is hosted by The Diversity Movement CEO and executive coach Donald Thompson, is a production of Earfluence and is part of the Living Corporate Network.
    Order UNDERESTIMATED: A CEO’S UNLIKELY PATH TO SUCCESS, by Donald Thompson.

    • 30 min
    DEI Under Fire: Confronting Backlash, Embracing Critics

    DEI Under Fire: Confronting Backlash, Embracing Critics

    Join Donald Thompson as he dives into the heart of the controversy and analyzes specific cases where Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts have been met with significant resistance. This no-holds-barred discussion examines the motives and arguments of DEI critics at the core of the overall backlash against DEI. Join the battle against misinformation as Donald analyzes specific cases, revealing the true motives behind DEI critics. Brace yourself for an unapologetic discussion and firsthand perspective on fueling the fight for a more inclusive future.
    High Octane Leadership is hosted by The Diversity Movement CEO and executive coach Donald Thompson, is a production of Earfluence and is part of the Living Corporate Network.
    Order UNDERESTIMATED: A CEO’S UNLIKELY PATH TO SUCCESS, by Donald Thompson.

    • 35 min
    Decoding Hybrid Work Realities

    Decoding Hybrid Work Realities

    Join Donald Thompson in this insightful episode as he delves into the dynamic landscape of hybrid work with Jackie Ferguson, co-founder of The Diversity Movement. From the unexpected positives to the potential pitfalls, Donald and Jackie explore the nuances of remote and in-person collaboration. Learn how to communicate productivity effectively, foster a strong team culture in a hybrid environment, and adapt your leadership strategy to the evolving needs of diverse professionals. Get ready for a deep dive into the future of work and discover strategies to thrive in the ever-changing work landscape.
    High Octane Leadership is hosted by The Diversity Movement CEO and executive coach Donald Thompson, is a production of Earfluence and is part of the Living Corporate Network.
    Order UNDERESTIMATED: A CEO’S UNLIKELY PATH TO SUCCESS, by Donald Thompson.

    • 37 min
    How Coaching Unlocks Leadership Excellence

    How Coaching Unlocks Leadership Excellence

    Embark on a journey through the stages of coachability with Donald Thompson and Zach Nunn in this insightful episode. From early career perspectives to the importance of having a coach in mid to senior-level leadership, the conversation unravels the layers of coaching's impact on professional growth. Gain valuable insights into how coaching accelerates personal development and discover practical tips for finding the right coach. This episode is a must-listen for leaders seeking to optimize their leadership potential through the lens of coachability.
    High Octane Leadership is hosted by The Diversity Movement CEO and executive coach Donald Thompson, is a production of Earfluence and part of the Living Corporate Network.
    Order UNDERESTIMATED: A CEO’S UNLIKELY PATH TO SUCCESS, by Donald Thompson.

    • 24 min
    The Five Pillars of Personal Branding

    The Five Pillars of Personal Branding

    In this episode of High Octane Leadership, Donald Thompson explores the five pillars of personal branding: building trust, controlling your narrative, and integrating branding with expertise. Drawing from his journey as a CEO and entrepreneur, Donald emphasizes the importance of authenticity and engagement in establishing a strong personal brand. Tune in to learn actionable strategies for crafting your brand promise and leveraging it to create meaningful connections in the business world.
    High Octane Leadership is hosted by The Diversity Movement CEO and executive coach Donald Thompson, is a production of Earfluence and is part of the Living Corporate Network.
    Order UNDERESTIMATED: A CEO’S UNLIKELY PATH TO SUCCESS, by Donald Thompson.

    • 25 min
    Success Unlocked: Mastering Goal Setting and Achievement

    Success Unlocked: Mastering Goal Setting and Achievement

    "Success Unlocked: Mastering Goal Setting and Achievement" features Donald Thompson, recognized by EY, Forbes, and Fast Company, discussing how successful people consistently achieve their goals. He shares key strategies for setting clear, actionable objectives and the importance of discipline in their pursuit. Donald also highlights adaptability in overcoming challenges and the role of perseverance.
    A significant focus of the episode is the value of mentorship in goal achievement. How Mentorship provides essential guidance and support while navigating the journey to success. This episode offers a concise guide filled with practical insights for anyone aiming to understand and replicate the consistent success of high achievers. Tune in for a transformative experience in mastering goal setting and achievement.
    High Octane Leadership is hosted by The Diversity Movement CEO and executive coach Donald Thompson and is a production of Earfluence.
    Order UNDERESTIMATED: A CEO’S UNLIKELY PATH TO SUCCESS, by Donald Thompson.

    • 44 min

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