23 minutes | Feb 18th 2021

021: Marc Donelson Doesn’t Settle for The Ordinary

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I invite guests to share personal stories about small acts of leadership that help shape their lives.

In Episode 21, Marc Donelson encourages us to think critically about our circumstances. He explains how his team transformed compliance training to exceed learner expectations. Finally, he challenges us to develop ourselves while in our current role.

00:00 Prologue: Thinking about Performance

Marc is a talent development manager who has served at organizations such as Handshaw, Bank of America, Stanly Community College, and Belk. Because of his expertise in science and practice of performance improvement, Marc has a unique perspective and insight into talent development. Currently, Marc manages a team at Spectrum (formerly Time Warner) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

01:47 Part 1: Discovering Your Options

Part of personhood involves shifting from thinking that “things happen to me” to “I have options.” Marc describes how a director coached and supported his own transition to management.

10:33 Part 2: Rethinking Compliance Training

To protect their organizations, legal departments require employees to complete compliance training. These courses can be about anything from discrimination to intellectual property. Marc shares a story about how he and his team changed the learner experience from being negative to positive.

17:59 Part 3: Keeping Your Perspective

Regardless of your situation, Marc challenges us to search for the options that are within your control. Find ways to evolve and grow within your role.

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No transcript available (future enhancement)


Episode links

Marc’s LinkedIn Profile

Mentions: Daniel Pink, Simon Sinek, Mark Cuban, and Gary Vaynerchuk


Gary DePaul's website

Gary's books:

   What the Heck Is Leadership and Why Should I Care?

   Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership 


Background Music

You can find all the musical tracks at Envato Elements.

00:00 Theme music: Inspiring Uplifting Corporate by mixer_drummer

01:34 Inspiring Background Music by Twisterium

10:21 Optimistic Uplifting Background by pinkzebra

17:40 Vintage by MARiAN

22:09 Fun and Flirty by BrownHouseMedia


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