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Strong values are applied to all interactions:

  • Ethics
  • Honesty
  • Fairness/Shows Respect
  • Dependability/Consistency
  • Gratitude
  • Confidence/Competence
  • Creativeness/Innovation
  • Positivity/Optimism
  • Open-mindedness
  • Seeking the greatest, highest good for all


Professional Memberships


Birmingham Society for Human Resource Management


Greater Birmingham Chapter: Association for Talent Development


Favorite Quotes


"Toleration . . . is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires that same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle." --Hellen Keller

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"Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds." --Norman Vincent Peale

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"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

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"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt

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"The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?" --Dale Carnegie

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"Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself." --Confucius

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"So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them..."  --The Bible (ESV)

About Lana Thompson

Lana Guess Thompson is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) who is an independent organizational development (OD) and Human Resources consultant, training professional, executive/personal effectiveness coach and professional facilitator. She started her own business in 1996 focusing on leadership, organizational development, project effectiveness, teamwork, communications, train-the-trainer, career development, customer service, HR initiatives, diversity and personal effectiveness in the workplace. She delivers her services through one-on-one and small group coaching, workshops, seminars, retreats, classroom training, event facilitation and consulting. Lana has served over 150 clients, both nationally and internationally.

Lana graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a major in communication management and a minor in German. She is a native of Western Kentucky.



Education and Professional Development

BA, Communication Management, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA)

Certified Achieve Global facilitator

Certified DISC facilitator

Certified Vital Learning Affiliate

Leader/Officer/Volunteer in Birmingham Society of Human Resource Management and Greater Birmingham Chapter of the American Training and Development Association


Special Projects

  • Delivered management and leadership skills workshops for multiple clients
  • Conducted site specific teambuilding sessions for over 35 client groups
  • Designed, developed and facilitated numerous large "Partnering" events for significant governmental construction projects, including construction of five new prisons for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, construction and/or upgrades for large U.S. European and Middle East military facilities, including U.S. Marine Camps Pendleton & Lejune, International Marine Base 5th Fleet – Bahrain, U.S. Air Force Base Pope and International U.S. Air Force Base Al Udeid - Qatar, U.S. Navy Station Earle and for a for a new Croatian embassy for the U.S. Department of State – Foreign Building Operations. Also conducted numerous Partnering sessions for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers including Port of Entry for Homeland Security, New Orleans construction projects post Hurricane Katrina, Quantico, Red Stone Arsenal and others.
  • Designed, facilitated, coached and measured high performance teamwork with BE&K, Inc. on two major construction projects in Alabama and Oklahoma resulting in national recognition
  • Delivered recruitment, selection, retention and performance appraisal workshops for Association of Alabama Chiefs of Police
  • Consulted and conducted numerous workshops to improve interviewing and hiring practices with multiple clients
  • Assisted in rewriting job descriptions, designed a new performance appraisal system and conducted training workshops for all management and all employees for a local government agency
  • Performed a variety of OD interventions, such as business unit strategic planning, performance management, labor relations, team effectiveness, safety training, internal marketing, etc., as contract consultant for a local Alabama power plant
  • Partnered with management of major start-up power plant facility on organizational design, job descriptions, salary decisions, recruiting, hiring, employee orientation, and cross-functional teambuilding
  • Developed and implemented an innovative Upward Assessment and 360 Feedback tool for Research and Environmental Affairs within Southern Company Services
  • Coordinated and facilitated multiple instructional sessions on HR body of knowledge for Professional in HR Certification for the Birmingham Society for Human Resource