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High Octane Leadership
High Octane Leadership
Donald Thompson

Future-proof your leadership with High Octane Leadership, a place where business leaders (whether by title or aspiration) share cheat codes for unlocking... more

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Unlocking the Power of Cultural Competency with TDM LeaderView

In this episode, we dive deep into the world of leadership development and cultural competency with the innovative TDM LeaderView... more

29 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Unlocking the Power of AI Made Simple with Rajeev Kapur

Join us in this engaging episode as we dive into the world of artificial intelligence with our special guest, Rajeev... more

08 Nov 2023 · 34 minutes
Shifting from Stress to Zone of Genius: A Conversation with Hannah Abad

Join us in this enlightening episode as we delve into the incredible journey of shifting from stress-driven leadership to thriving... more

11 Oct 2023 · 41 minutes
Shaping Inclusive Excellence: Insights from Chief Experience Officer Jamie Ousterout

Join Don in an insightful conversation with Jamie Ousterout, the newly appointed Chief Experience Officer at The Diversity Movement. From... more

27 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
From Sales to C-Suite: Navigating Leadership Growth

In this insightful episode, we flip the script, and Grant Kloefkorn, an account executive at Salesforce, interviews me! Join us... more

13 Sep 2023 · 54 minutes
Authentic Leadership and Organizational Success, with Kevin Ragin

In this engaging episode, join us as we uncover the world of authentic leadership and its impact on achieving organizational... more

30 Aug 2023 · 35 minutes
Strategies for Effective DEI Initiatives in Business: From Diversity Metrics to Authentic Inclusion

Join Donald Thompson in this episode as he navigates the complex landscape of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the... more

16 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Empowering People, Elevating Business: A DEI Discussion with Shelley Willingham

Join Donald in this captivating episode as he engages in a candid conversation with Shelley Willingham, Chief Revenue Officer at... more

02 Aug 2023 · 37 minutes
Debunking DEI Misconceptions: Building a Culture of Empowerment and Inclusion

Join Donald Thompson in this thought-provoking episode of the High Octane Leadership podcast as he dispels common misconceptions surrounding diversity,... more

19 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
From Resistance to Celebration: Exploring Pride Month and LGBTQ+ Perspectives

Join us in this thought-provoking episode as we delve into the significance of Pride Month and discuss important topics surrounding... more

28 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
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... more

14 Dec 2022 · 23 minutes
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... more

07 Dec 2022 · 51 minutes
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... more

30 Nov 2022 · 28 minutes
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... more

23 Nov 2022 · 31 minutes
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... more

16 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
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... more

09 Nov 2022 · 32 minutes
Politics in the Workplace: How Leaders Keep Teams Focused, with Billy Warden

In a recent study, 80% of people who identify as Democrats see Republicans as being out of control and a... more

02 Nov 2022 · 36 minutes
Workforce Diversity in Pro Sports, with Timberwolves CDO Tru Pettigrew

Tru Pettigrew, Chief Diversity Officer of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, comes on High Octane Leadership to discuss the role... more

26 Oct 2022 · 41 minutes
Interrupt Imposter Syndrome and Own Your Success, with Teresa Sande

Two episodes ago, Don shared his thoughts on imposter syndrome and what leaders can do about feeling inadequate. He references... more

19 Oct 2022 · 36 minutes
Son of a Football Coach: Lessons Learned from My Dad

Growing up as a son of a college football coach, Don learned some valuable life lessons from his dad. Some... more

12 Oct 2022 · 16 minutes
Imposter Syndrome: What Leaders Can Do About Feeling Inadequate

Being a high-octane leader doesn't mean you have all the answers. It doesn't mean you don't have fear, uncertainty, and... more

05 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
How Transformational Coaching Unlocked Larry Long Jr's Full Potential

Get ready for a JOLT of transformational motivation. Larry Long Jr, the man with the memorable acronyms and boundless... more

28 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
Quiet Quitting: A Real Concern or Media Manipulation?

You've probably heard of "Quiet Quitting" by now. If not, it's an employee's opting out of tasks beyond assigned duties... more

21 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
NC Courage's Brianna Pinto: Empowering the next generation of female athletes

After starring at UNC's legendary women's soccer program, Brianna Pinto was drafted 3rd in the 2021 NWSL draft. She's a... more

14 Sep 2022 · 39 minutes
High Octane Leadership with Donald Thompson, New Season

We have a phenomenal slate of guests, business leaders, entrepreneurs, professional athletes, global HR executives coming up on High Octane... more

07 Sep 2022 · 1 minute
Improve Your Readiness for International Business Relationships (mini-episode)

Typically when we think about diversity equity and inclusion, we look at what’s going on in our companies and in... more

08 Jun 2022 · 9 minutes
Business in the Nations’ Capital - More than just politics with Angela Franco from the DC Chamber

When Angela Franco was a growing up in Columbia, her father would tell her, "Don't think that you're better than... more

01 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
Not here for mediocrity - Advancing big dreams with Greg Brown & Brandon Wolfe

Today Don chats with two dynamic leaders from Charlotte NC. Dr. Brandon Wolfe, Chief Diversity Officer at the University of... more

25 May 2022 · 24 minutes
Tackling the world's business challenges, with Dr. Brandi Baldwin of Millennial Ventures

An award winning Startup CEO and founder of Millennial Ventures Holdings, it's safe to say Brandi Baldwin has had a... more

18 May 2022 · 34 minutes
View from the C-Suite: Executive Leadership Lessons from Donald Thompson

Donald Thompson gave a talk to the MBA students at NC State titled View from the C Suite, where DT... more

11 May 2022 · 46 minutes
High Octane Leadership
How Transformational Coaching Unlocked Larry Long Jr's Full Potential
High Octane Leadership

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Get ready for a JOLT of transformational motivation. Larry Long Jr, the man with the memorable acronyms and boundless energy, is... more