Ron Thomas

About the Author

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.

When It Comes to Career, It’s Up to Every Employee to Stay Relevant

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“We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost.” Upon saying that, all his management team, himself included, sadly teared up. This was the statement from the CEO of Nokia at a press conference to announce that Nokia was being acquired by Microsoft. Intel just announce that they are laying off 12,000 workers…

Job Titles Don’t Matter For People Who Are Doing What They Enjoy


According to Gallup research, 55 percent of people in the U.S. define themselves by their job, instead of considering work as simply what they do to earn a living. When I read this stat, it was frightening. Jobs and titles are fleeting. Lose your job, lose your title; lose that job, lose your identity….

Building HR Credibility Takes More Than Snap Answers and Quick Judgments


“I tell young lawyers that issue-spotting gets you a lot of points in law school, but our job is to think three steps ahead. That’s where you earn credibility.” That was a statement from Danielle Gray, a Partner at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers, who was being profiled in Crain’s New York…

What’s Your Strategy? It Better Be to Build and Win Through Your Talent


“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” — Lawrence Bossidy, former CEO of Honeywell International In sports, it is the game plan. It business, it is called the strategy. Regardless of what you…

A Leadership Lesson to Remember: You Can’t Stop Working To Build Employee Trust


“Jeff decided to ask the Compensation Committee to forgo his annual equity grant, and to instead put those shares back in the pool for LinkedIn employees.” Apparently, we may be seeing something here. After Twitter’s stock plummeted in October, CEO Jack Dorsey announced that he would give a third of his stock award…

Everyone Has a Teacher or Leader Who Truly Inspired Them


“She’s one of the best vocal teachers I’ve ever met. I know I would never have been able to do any of it if it hadn’t been for Ms. Watson.” I am always a sucker for a good story. I relish reading them and try and always weave the importance into learning points….