Henry L. (Dick) Thompson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized consultant, educator, speaker and author. Over the past 30 years, he has gained valuable experience developing and leading teams—from the battlefield to the boardroom. He uses his vast experiences and knowledge to help leaders and organizations improve performance.
Dr. Thompson is the founder, president and CEO of High Performing Systems, Inc., an international management consulting and training firm he founded in 1984 to help leaders, teams and organizations achieve high performance. The philosophy of HPS is based on a systems approach to performance improvement. Clients are Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and a diverse group of public, private and international firms. These include AT&T, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Shell Oil Company, Johnson & Johnson, Apple, Owens-Corning, Delta Airlines, Wipro Technologies, Mohawk Industries and Titan America, to name a few.
Numerous command and staff positions during his 21-year military service have resulted in exceptional management insight and expertise. During that time, he trained and led some of the most elite special operations teams in the world. He served as an officer with the U.S. Army Special Forces Group (Green Berets) in Vietnam and other southeast Asian countries and was decorated on several occasions for his heroism. His work for the military on high performing battle staffs and continuous operations played a key role in the success of U.S. forces in the Gulf War.
He holds a BA in sociology from Methodist University, an MA in continuous operations from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and an MS and Ph.D. in psychology from The University of Georgia. Dr. Thompson was also a department chair and professor at The University of Georgia where he taught advanced courses in leadership and team dynamics.
Speaker & Author
Dr. Thompson is a frequent speaker for business and professional groups around the world on topics related to leadership, team development, systems and high performance. He has also published numerous articles and training manuals on these topics. He is the author of The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions—And What To Do About It, The CommunicationWheel®: A Resource Book, Jung’s Function-Attitudes Explained, Introduction to The CommunicationWheel®, Introduction to FIRO Element B™ in Organizations, the CommunicationWheel® Software System™ and the Human Element Software System™. Other books and assessments are listed below.