Diana Thomas

As a proven successful executive, Diana brings decades of experience, expertise and education to her coaching with business executives, teams and learning/talent leaders to increase their impact, inspire committed followership and engagement, and build strong diverse teams that pull together to achieve Winning Results. In addition to coaching, Diana is a partner and trainer with Clean Language for Coaches Resource Center. She is the co-author of the 2018 strategic leadership book, Be More Strategic in Business: How to win through Stronger Leadership and Smarter Decisions. Diana began her career as a McDonald’s restaurant crew member in 1979, and rose to become Vice President of Training, Learning & Development for McDonald’s USA. In this role, she led all aspects of training and development including the restaurant training curriculum at Hamburger University, McDonald’s global training center of excellence.

  • Positive change in challenging times with Randip Singh

    Positive change in challenging times with Randip Singh

    Finance leader Randip Singh talks with Diana about how people, technology, and process need to work together for short and long-term success.

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  • Stop trusting your gut with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

    Stop trusting your gut with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

    Dr. Gleb Tsipursky helps us understand how to overcome our cognitive biases, make better decisions, and brace ourselves for the changes the coronavirus pandemic will continue to bring our way.

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  • Simple ways for learning to make an impact with Roz Tsai

    Simple ways for learning to make an impact with Roz Tsai

    Learning leader Roz Tsai shares how insights from neuroscience have led her to create experiences that drive authentic, sustainable change in leaders.

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  • Communicating your value with Bob Sherlock

    Communicating your value with Bob Sherlock

    Bob Sherlock helps us understand how basic marketing principles apply to communicating our value as individuals when seeking new opportunities.

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  • Creating an environment that inspires greatness with Trish Holliday

    Creating an environment that inspires greatness with Trish Holliday

    Dr. Trish Holliday talks with Diana about how to create an environment that’s inspiring, and she also shares lessons learned from her tenure as Chief Learning Officer for the State of Tennessee.

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  • Enabling remote work with Frank Cottle

    Enabling remote work with Frank Cottle

    Frank Cottle has been in the business of supporting flexible workspaces for 30 years, and he shares the keys to leading a fruitful remote organization.

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  •  Pursuing big career goals with Martha Soehren

    Pursuing big career goals with Martha Soehren

    As Chief Talent Development Officer at Comcast, Martha Soehren’s career story is filled with fascinating decisions, risks, and not taking no for an answer.

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  • The art and value of inquiry with Tim Genck

    The art and value of inquiry with Tim Genck

    Tim Genck shares practical strategies for asking questions that lead to better results, as well as ways to become an active listener.

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  • Building trust for engaged teams with Jason Treu

    Building trust for engaged teams with Jason Treu

    Jason Treu talks with Diana about simple and effective ways to build trust, resolve conflict, and create engaged teams that get results.

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  • Practicing HR in the public sector with Teresa Roche

    Practicing HR in the public sector with Teresa Roche

    In this episode, she shares the similarities and differences she’s encountered moving from the private to public sector, as well as the mindset that has helped her to succeed across the board.

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  • A long-term view of career mobility with Bev Kaye

    A long-term view of career mobility with Bev Kaye

    Bev Kaye, author of Up is Not the Only Way: Rethinking career mobility, shares the mistakes companies are making that are costing them their best people.

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  • How to fill your confidence bucket with Judy Braun

    How to fill your confidence bucket with Judy Braun

    Judy Braun, author of Show Up Confidently, shares how talent champions can gain confidence and inspire it in others.

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  • How to build the career of your dreams with Janice Ellig

    How to build the career of your dreams with Janice Ellig

    Janice Ellig, Chief Executive Officer of the Ellig Group, shares the big decisions and daily actions that can help you pursue your professional dreams.

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  • Predicting retention and turnover with David Allen and Brooks Holtom

    Predicting retention and turnover with David Allen and Brooks Holtom

    Professors David Allen and Brooks Holtom share some surprising findings about turnover and the reasons people stay in their jobs.

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  • What makes a great place to work with Tony Bond

    What makes a great place to work with Tony Bond

    In this episode, Tony Bond shares success factors, leadership pointers, and trends he's seen that will help talent champions build a winning culture in their own organizations.

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  • Effective interviewing with Arianne Gasser

    Effective interviewing with Arianne Gasser

    In episode 24 of the Talent Champions podcast, Diana talks with communication professor Arianne Gasser about ways to make job interviews more successful for all involved.

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  • Building a multipliers culture with Liz Wiseman

    Building a multipliers culture with Liz Wiseman

    In this episode, best-selling author Liz Wiseman discusses how to build a multipliers culture and how to find the best resources to support your leadership journey.

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  • Job fit, company culture, and hiring for success with Sonia Clark

    Job fit, company culture, and hiring for success with Sonia Clark

    Diana talks with Sonia Clark about how both sides can go into the hiring process with eyes wide open, ensuring the best possible fit and setting the new leader up for success.

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  • Working across cultures with Paula Caligiuri

    Working across cultures with Paula Caligiuri

    In this episode, Diana talks with Paula Caligiuri about how developing cultural agility is a pressing need for leaders in all organizations—not only multinational corporations.

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  • Everyday approaches to reducing stress and anxiety with Peggy Sealfon

    Everyday approaches to reducing stress and anxiety with Peggy Sealfon

    Stress and anxiety are epidemics in many of our lives. Diana talks with Peggy Sealfon about large and small changes that can help you to feel less overwhelmed and more focused.

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