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Doug Thorpe MBA, CLC, CEC

Small business owners will hit an invisible wall that can stall the growth of the company. The key reason there is a wall is that owners need to shift from manager to leader. The question is, how to do that?

Doug is a coach for CEOs and Senior Leadership Teams with 30 years of leadership experience. He is the president & CEO of Doug Thorpe Group. Doug is also a podcast host.

He helps owners understand the ways they need to reshape their thinking and attitude to make a successful break through the wall.

Books Authored By Doug Thorpe

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Building Your Best Future: Transforming Lives Through Weight Loss | Ep 306 &Raquo; Podcast 2
Building Your Best Future: Transforming Lives through Weight Loss | Ep 306

Transforming Lives Through Weight Loss: Insights from Alan and Angie Thomas In a recent episode of the podcast “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe welcomed Alan and Angie ... Th…

Transforming Lives T…

Transforming Lives Through Weight Loss: Insights from Alan and Angie Thomas In a recent episode of the podcast “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe welcomed Alan and Angie ... The post Building Your Best Future: Transforming Lives through Weight Loss | Ep 306 appeared first on Leadership Powered by Common Sense.

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Beyond The Buzzword: Building Real Resilience In Leadership &Raquo; Resilien 650X366 1
Beyond the Buzzword: Building Real Resilience in Leadership

Resilience. It’s a term tossed around like a corporate beanbag these days, a leadership quality on every hiring manager’s wishlist. But what does it truly mean? The Resilience Matrix: It’s No…

Resilience. It’s a…

Resilience. It’s a term tossed around like a corporate beanbag these days, a leadership quality on every hiring manager’s wishlist. But what does it truly mean? The Resilience Matrix: It’s Not Just Bouncing Back The Resilience matrix we introduce here is a powerful tool for understanding the leadership qualities needed to thrive in today’s dynamic business landscape. Let’s delve deeper into each axis to gain a more nuanced perspective: The Vertical Axis: The Business Rollercoaster Imagine a heart rate monitor graph, but instead of heart rate, it tracks the ebbs and flows …

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Covert Cows And Chick-Fil-A | Ep 305 &Raquo; Podcast 2
Covert Cows and Chick-fil-A | Ep 305

Leadership and Marketing Insights from Steve Robinson: Building the Chick-fil-A Brand In a recent episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe sat down with Steve Robinson, th…

Leadership and Marke…

Leadership and Marketing Insights from Steve Robinson: Building the Chick-fil-A Brand In a recent episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe sat down with Steve Robinson, the ... The post Covert Cows and Chick-fil-A | Ep 305 appeared first on Leadership Powered by Common Sense.

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A Requiem For The U.s. – Do We Even Know What We’re Doing Anymore? &Raquo; Country 650X366 1
A Requiem for the U.S. – Do We Even Know What We’re Doing Anymore?

I’ve taken to my computer less than 24 hours after the assassination attempt on Donald Trump. My heart is conflicted. On one hand, I am ever grateful for the near miss that spared Trump’s life.…

I’ve taken to my c…

I’ve taken to my computer less than 24 hours after the assassination attempt on Donald Trump. My heart is conflicted. On one hand, I am ever grateful for the near miss that spared Trump’s life. No one attempting to serve the public should be a target for cowardly deeds such as this. The shooter’s motive is yet to be revealed, if it ever will. On the other hand, I am saddened that innocent bystanders were injured and killed. Senseless. They each started their day likely thinking they would participate in the most American of things to do, attend a rally for the candidate they choose…

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The Vigilant Leader: Staying Ahead Of The Curve In A Shifting Landscape &Raquo; Header Shifting Landscape 650X366 1
The Vigilant Leader: Staying Ahead of the Curve in a Shifting Landscape

The business world is a dynamic ecosystem. Trends, technologies, and customer needs can morph overnight, leaving unprepared leaders scrambling to catch up. As a leader, staying abreast of changes with…

The business world i…

The business world is a dynamic ecosystem. Trends, technologies, and customer needs can morph overnight, leaving unprepared leaders scrambling to catch up. As a leader, staying abreast of changes within and outside your organization is not just a box to tick; it’s the cornerstone of sustainable success. This blog post dives into the essential strategies that empower leaders to become vigilant observers of their business landscape, allowing them to anticipate change and lead with foresight. Cultivating Internal Awareness: Taking Your Business’s Pulse Effective leadership starts …

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From The Other Side Of The Leadership Mic | Ep 304 &Raquo; Podcast 2
From the Other Side of the Leadership Mic | Ep 304

Mastering Time Management, Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, and Building Trust: Insights from Doug Thorpe After posting show #300, I took the challenge and decided to do a solo episode. Yep, just ... The…

Mastering Time Manag…

Mastering Time Management, Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, and Building Trust: Insights from Doug Thorpe After posting show #300, I took the challenge and decided to do a solo episode. Yep, just ... The post From the Other Side of the Leadership Mic | Ep 304 appeared first on Leadership Powered by Common Sense.

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Building A Leadership Roadmap For Your Business Acquisition Journey &Raquo; Purpose 650X520 1
Building a Leadership Roadmap for Your Business Acquisition Journey

Introduction:In the realm of business acquisition, having a clear leadership roadmap can make all the difference between a successful transition and potential challenges. As you embark on this transfo…

Introduction:In the …

Introduction:In the realm of business acquisition, having a clear leadership roadmap can make all the difference between a successful transition and potential challenges. As you embark on this transformative journey of acquiring a business, honing your leadership skills and strategy becomes paramount. This blog post aims to guide you through building a robust leadership roadmap that will not only facilitate a smooth acquisition process but also set the foundation for long-term success as a business owner. Understanding Your Leadership Role:Before diving into the specifics of your acquisitio…

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The Most Critical Factors For Maximizing Business Value Before An Exit | Ep 303 &Raquo; Podcast 2
The Most Critical Factors for Maximizing Business Value Before an Exit | Ep 303

Mastering the Art of Business Exit Planning: Insights from Doug Thorpe and Rich Hall In a recent episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe sat down with ... The post The Mo…

Mastering the Art of…

Mastering the Art of Business Exit Planning: Insights from Doug Thorpe and Rich Hall In a recent episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe sat down with ... The post The Most Critical Factors for Maximizing Business Value Before an Exit | Ep 303 appeared first on Leadership Powered by Common Sense.

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Building Trust and Relationships: Key Leadership Strategies Beyond Process and Content In the dynamic world of business, effective leadership extends far beyond the mastery of processes and the dissem…

Building Trust and R…

Building Trust and Relationships: Key Leadership Strategies Beyond Process and Content In the dynamic world of business, effective leadership extends far beyond the mastery of processes and the dissemination of content. While these elements are undoubtedly important, they fall short when addressing the nuanced and complex nature of people problems. Leaders who rely too heavily on structured procedures or informational content often find themselves struggling to foster genuine relationships and build trust within their teams. In this piece, we will delve into the key leadership strategies that …

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Overcoming Invisible Walls: A Guide To Entrepreneurial Success | Ep 302 &Raquo; Podcast 2
Overcoming Invisible Walls: A Guide to Entrepreneurial Success | Ep 302

Achieving Entrepreneurial Freedom and Profitable Independence: Insights from Richard Walsh In a recent episode of the “Leadership Powered by Common Sense” podcast, host Doug Thorpe sat down with R…

Achieving Entreprene…

Achieving Entrepreneurial Freedom and Profitable Independence: Insights from Richard Walsh In a recent episode of the “Leadership Powered by Common Sense” podcast, host Doug Thorpe sat down with Richard Walsh ... The post Overcoming Invisible Walls: A Guide to Entrepreneurial Success | Ep 302 appeared first on Leadership Powered by Common Sense.

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The Patchwork Leader &Raquo; Patchwork Leaders 650X366 1
The Patchwork Leader

How We Stitch Together Our Management Style We all enter leadership roles with a mental toolbox. Inside, a jumble of experiences, observations, and influences – a patchwork quilt of ideas, behavi…

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How We Stitch Together Our Management Style We all enter leadership roles with a mental toolbox. Inside, a jumble of experiences, observations, and influences – a patchwork quilt of ideas, behaviors, and values. Some threads come from mentors we admire, others from bosses we swore to never emulate. This post delves into how our leadership styles become a fascinating (and sometimes messy) collage, shaped by both positive and negative role models. The “Do As I Say” Inspiration: Many leaders find their guiding principles in mentors who embodied the qualities they aspire to. A boss …

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Building Trust and Relationships: Key Leadership Strategies Beyond Process and Content

In the dynamic world of business, effective leadership extends far beyond the mastery of processes and the dissemination of content. While these elements are undoubtedly important, they fall short whe…

In the dynamic world…

In the dynamic world of business, effective leadership extends far beyond the mastery of processes and the dissemination of content. While these elements are undoubtedly important, they fall short when addressing the nuanced and complex nature of people problems. Leaders who rely too heavily on structured procedures or informational content often find themselves struggling to foster genuine relationships and build trust within their teams. In this piece, we will delve into the key leadership strategies that transcend process and content, emphasizing the critical importance of relationship-…

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The Most Effective Way To Break Through Business Plateaus | Ep 301 &Raquo; Podcast 2
The Most Effective Way to Break Through Business Plateaus | Ep 301

Breaking Through Business Plateaus: Insights from Doug Thorpe and Scott Anderson In a recent episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe welcomed back Scott Anderson to discu…

Breaking Through Bus…

Breaking Through Business Plateaus: Insights from Doug Thorpe and Scott Anderson In a recent episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe welcomed back Scott Anderson to discuss ... The post The Most Effective Way to Break Through Business Plateaus | Ep 301 appeared first on Leadership Powered by Common Sense.

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How Can Process Management Transform Your Business? | Ep 300 &Raquo; Podcast 2
How Can Process Management Transform Your Business? | Ep 300

Celebrating 300 Episodes of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense”: The Importance of Process Management in Business Welcome to the 300th episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” a podca…

Celebrating 300 Epis…

Celebrating 300 Episodes of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense”: The Importance of Process Management in Business Welcome to the 300th episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” a podcast dedicated ... The post How Can Process Management Transform Your Business? | Ep 300 appeared first on Leadership Powered by Common Sense.

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How Can Leaders Create Magic In The Workplace? | Ep 299 &Raquo; Podcast 2
How Can Leaders Create Magic in the Workplace? | Ep 299

Unlocking the Magic of Leadership: Insights from Doug Thorpe and Summer Jelinek In a recent episode of the podcast “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe sat down with ... The post…

Unlocking the Magic …

Unlocking the Magic of Leadership: Insights from Doug Thorpe and Summer Jelinek In a recent episode of the podcast “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe sat down with ... The post How Can Leaders Create Magic in the Workplace? | Ep 299 appeared first on Leadership Powered by Common Sense.

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Celebrating Father’s Day: The Intersection Of Parenthood And Leadership &Raquo; The Intersection Of Parenthood And Leadership 650X366 1
Celebrating Father’s Day: The Intersection of Parenthood and Leadership

Father’s Day offers a unique opportunity to reflect on the often-overlooked parallels between parenthood and leadership. As we honor fathers, it’s essential to recognize that the skills required t…

Father’s Day offer…

Father’s Day offers a unique opportunity to reflect on the often-overlooked parallels between parenthood and leadership. As we honor fathers, it’s essential to recognize that the skills required to be an effective parent are remarkably similar to those needed to excel in leadership roles. Both arenas demand patience, guidance, and the ability to inspire and nurture growth. In this narrative, we will explore how fatherhood can serve as a powerful training ground for cultivating leadership qualities, providing strategic insights that benefit not only family life but also professional environ…

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Dads: The Unsung Heroes Shaping Our Future

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the amazing men who guide us through life. But dads aren’t just grill masters and joke tellers; they’re leaders who play a crucial role in shaping the future,…

Father’s Day is a …

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the amazing men who guide us through life. But dads aren’t just grill masters and joke tellers; they’re leaders who play a crucial role in shaping the future, one child at a time. Building Strong Foundations: Setting Standards and Values Dads are often the first to introduce children to concepts of right and wrong. By setting clear standards and living by strong moral values, they provide a roadmap for their children to navigate the complexities of life. This doesn’t mean a rigid, authoritarian approach. Effective leadership involves open commu…

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Taking Big Bets: A Guide To Risky Business With Senior Leaders | Ep 298 &Raquo; Podcast 2
Taking Big Bets: A Guide to Risky Business with Senior Leaders | Ep 298

Big Bet Leadership: Navigating Major Transformations in the Hyper Digital Era In the latest episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe welcomes John Rossman, a former partne…

Big Bet Leadership: …

Big Bet Leadership: Navigating Major Transformations in the Hyper Digital Era In the latest episode of “Leadership Powered by Common Sense,” host Doug Thorpe welcomes John Rossman, a former partner ... The post Taking Big Bets: A Guide to Risky Business with Senior Leaders | Ep 298 appeared first on Leadership Powered by Common Sense.

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