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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.

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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.

    Managing Up: Strategies for CEO-Level Leadership

    Managing Up: Strategies for CEO-Level Leadership

    Learn how to align your efforts with corporate goals, leverage leadership access, and understand the deeper dynamics of your organization with Donald Thompson. Through the power of asking high-quality questions, understanding communication preferences, and fostering true collaboration across teams, this episode will help you take the next steps to become an influential CEO, executive, and leader.
    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
    Scaling from Zero to 1M: The CEO's Role

    Scaling from Zero to 1M: The CEO's Role

    Last week, Donald and Kurt Merriweather talked about growing your business from concepts to customers. This week, they're back to talk about the CEO's leadership role in startup transformation, from defining the compelling vision to building high-performance teams, all while balancing innovation with scalability.
    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.

    • 55 min
    Scaling from Zero to 1M: The Blueprint for Entrepreneurial Success

    Scaling from Zero to 1M: The Blueprint for Entrepreneurial Success

    In this episode, Donald and Kurt Merriweather dissect the pivotal phase of growing a business from a concept to a million-dollar revenue generator. Dive into actionable strategies for market validation, cultivating a growth mindset, and leveraging frameworks like the Six Thinking Hats for innovation to establish credibility in a competitive landscape. Tune in to uncover the blueprint for entrepreneurial success and unlock the keys to sustainable business growth.
    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.

    • 47 min
    Mastering the Art of Negotiation

    Mastering the Art of Negotiation

    Step into the world of high-octane negotiation with Donald as he delves into the intricacies of the art of negotiation. From multimillion-dollar business deals to everyday scenarios like negotiating with kids, or buying a car, Donald shares practical strategies honed through years of experience. Discover how understanding the perspective of your negotiating partner, mastering timing, and fostering collaborative dialogue can lead to win-win outcomes. Whether you're negotiating a raise or closing a million-dollar deal, Donald's expert advice will empower you to negotiate with confidence and finesse.
    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.

    • 38 min
    Guaranteed Ways Rev Up Your Team's Success

    Guaranteed Ways Rev Up Your Team's Success

    Join Donald and Bob Batchelor as they teach you to turbocharge your team's potential. From handling challenging situations with integrity to setting clear expectations for behavior and performance, they explore the critical role of leadership teams in driving organizational success. Together, they dissect the nuances of leadership, emphasizing the importance of leaders as role models and champions of organizational culture. Bob shares his perspectives on the evolving landscape of leadership development and offers actionable advice for aspiring leaders navigating their journey from individual contributor to team leader. Whether you're a seasoned executive or an up-and-coming leader, this episode will help you unleash the full potential of your team through authenticity, empathy, and continuous learning.
    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.

    • 40 min
    Unlocking Leadership Fairness: High Octane Leadership Joins Living Corporate Network

    Unlocking Leadership Fairness: High Octane Leadership Joins Living Corporate Network

    Get excited as High Octane Leadership joins forces with The Living Corporate Network! Join Donald and Living Corporate's founder Zach Nunn for an electrifying discussion on how this partnership is reshaping the landscape of workplace fairness, leadership, and professional growth. Prepare to be inspired as these influential thought leaders share their passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, setting the stage for a new era of leadership excellence.
    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.

    • 6 min

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