It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. This is the first line in Charles Dickens famous novel A Tale of Two Cities. It is probably the most … Read more
Ron Thomas is Managing Director, Strategy Focused Group DWC LLC, based in Dubai. He is also a senior faculty member and representative of the Human Capital Institute covering the MENA/Asia Pacific region.
He was formerly CEO of Great Place to Work-Gulf and former CHRO based in Riyadh. He holds certifications from the Human Capital Institute as Global Human Capital Strategist, Master Human Capital Strategist, and Strategic Workforce Planner.
He's been cited by CIPD as one of the top 5 HR Thinkers in the Middle East. He received the Outstanding Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence at the World Human Resources Development Congress in Mumbai, and was named as one of the 50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia
Ron's prior roles included senior HR positions with Xerox HR services, IBM, and Martha Stewart Living.
Board memberships include the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, McKinsey Quarterly's Executive Online Panel, and HCI's Expert Advisory Council on Talent Management Strategy.
His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Workforce Management and numerous international HR magazines covering Africa, India and the Middle East.
I was a very successful lawyer, making a lot of money, so-called dream job, etc. but I realized I was just going through the motions. It came down to just … Read more
“We need volunteers not hostages.” Ahhhh! Music to my ears. That quote was from the head coach for the Pittsburg Steelers (American football). It was in … Read more
“I got more of a kick out of being one of the founders of the YMCA in Midland, Texas back in 1952 than almost anything I’ve done.” This from a … Read more
We often live a life that is about learning how to avoid mistakes, which means we’re not willing to take risks. When we won’t take chances, we … Read more
They walked around their workspace in shorts. The women wore cool t-shirts and jeans; men in beards, baseball caps turned backwards. The high fives and … Read more
“I am actually a good manager. I have had other people in the office comment on my managerial behaviors and they like it. Cause I treat people under me … Read more
“I see the classic image of the boss as a total anachronism. It may work in certain connotations like ‘organized crime boss,’ ‘union boss,’ or ‘pit boss.’ … Read more
Do you know X? I noticed a job posting and when I checked the company, it showed that you had connections there. Let me know if you know her. Like you, I … Read more
I was reading through a job description the other day that mentioned innovation 3+ times. However, as I read the description, I saw this: “Must have 5-7 … Read more
“I am so sick of tired of these people asking during an interview about work-life balance, working from home etc. They should just concentrate on getting a … Read more
“While I was waiting for my interview in a reception area, a pizza delivery man, a young guy dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, carried in a heavy pack of … Read more
Corporations are part of communities and must build and maintain trust while helping stakeholders, not just shareholders, says Marc Benioff, CEO of … Read more
“Ron, thank you so much for facilitation of today’s event. I learned so much. And even though I lost the competition, I think I learned more by losing as … Read more
“I suggest you take another look at your core values as they are not being delivered.” The words were uttered at an exit review by an employee on his way … Read more
During my flight home yesterday evening, I made an effort to acknowledge the work of an amazing flight attendant. “You’re incredibly good at … Read more
“Please, I need separate checks for our meal.” That caused me to look up from my menu because I had never heard that before. Our normal routine is that he … Read more
“Mr. Ron, my problem is that I do not understand how my offer does not cause people to want to work for my agency.” My follow up question was, “What is … Read more
“We will all learn together. I want to learn from you as well as you learn from me.” This, from a new CHRO who sits on the executive committee for a global … Read more
“This is when you know that you have achieved something important by creating an amazing team and they thank you like this on your last day.” That was a … Read more