Launch a Great Business (Richmond, TX: HeadwayExec, LLC, 2017)

Why this book?

As the world’s economy changes, people in all walks of life and at every stage of their career are asking themselves “why don’t I just start a business?”

That’s a good question, but one with an answer that is very complex. Building a successful business is not as simple as opening that lemonade stand.

I’ve lived the dream of opening my own business. Heck, I’ve started five of them. Do it once and you learn a few things. Do it again and each time it gets a little better. Why?

Because the smart business owner learns. You make mistakes and learn from them. In this book, I’ve presented the top 10 things I learned along the way.

You won’t have to figure them out on your own.


Announcing my newest book

“Launch a Great Business: Top 10 Ways to Make your Company Soar”

Inspiration to be my own boss came at an early age. I was raised by a single Mom. Everyone told her she needed a job to provide for us. She did that for a while. But late hours and hard work only gave her so much for us to have. It wasn’t much. She got very tired of not having any control whatsoever over her time and her opportunity.

Before I got out of high school, she launched her business, an interior design firm. Now the hard work and long hours meant something. Yes, it was scary for her. It was just the two of us. She was facing College costs for me. It became her reason for going out there. She worked very hard. She was good at it. Her business grew from drapes and chairs for people’s homes to full-scale office buildings and shopping centers.

Her biggest regret was that she had waited too long to step out there. Those words stuck with me. Yet interestingly enough, as I grew up and got married, I felt the same pressure and did the same thing.

My young family needed a steady income so I took work for a paycheck. Next thing you know, 20 years had run away. The company I had dedicated those years to decided I was “aging out”. They couldn’t say that officially, but that’s what it was. I was offered an “early retirement” at the ripe old age of 45.

Mom’s words came to life. I went solo. It wasn’t easy and sometimes didn’t seem like much fun, but in the end, it was the right thing to do.

Launch a Great Business

With this book, I share with you the 10 things you must know and master to be able to make your business a success. Too few start-ups ever make it to $1,000,000. According to the SBA (Small Business Administration in the U.S.), only 15% of businesses last past 5 years. I don’t want you to be one of those fails. My passion is that you get equipped with great experience to make it work!

The book also includes two bonus sections at the end.

BONUS #1 – a recap checklist of all the sections of the book. This easy to follow guide reminds you of the key elements to put to work to achieve great success.

BONUS #2 – An introduction to my E-Learning Marketing System. All small business needs more leads, more clients, more sales. With this E-Learning Marketing System, I can show you 5 key areas you need to maximize to earn your next $100,000 without spending one dime on advertising and marketing.

Check them out for yourself!

Available at Amazon and Kindle

PS – That 20-year job I mentioned was a banker. I don’t regret that season of my life at all. It gave me experience and exposure to a wide array of businesses in a large number of industries. I met owners and leaders who were very good and some who were not. (go figure). Seeing these things first hand gave me a better education about running a successful company than any business school could ever hope to give.

I call upon all of that experience in my business coaching and executive leadership work. My new book includes some of those insights too.

15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

“15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”

John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books which have each sold more than one million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.

If You Were a Tree What Would You Be? And Other Useless Interview Questions. A Manager’s Guide to EPIC Interviewing. (Charleston, SC: Palmetto, 2017)

My friend and colleague Roger Ferguson has released a new book.  Roger is not your typical Human Resources (HR) guy. He understands the importance of legal compliance, can recruit at any level, and can generate an airtight policy on just about any issue that surfaces. He prefers, however, to focus his efforts on process improvement and the bottom-line impact that HR can have on organizations.

He has amassed a career total of some $80 million in documented process improvements. He is known for is the award winning creation of Big Five Performance Management, an amazingly simple but effective alternative to traditional employee performance appraisals. Now, he is targeting the dreaded world of hiring practices. Here is his intro to the topic.

Family, Friends, and Colleagues

I have just published a new book, “If You Were a Tree What Would You Be?  And Other Useless Interview Questions.  A Manager’s Guide to EPIC Interviewing.”   Yes, it’s a long title for a little book but that little book is big on content, packed with information on how to structure and lead better interviews and how to make better hiring decisions.

How important is this topic?  Only about 10% of managers have received formal training in how to conduct an interview.  It is no wonder that sometimes the candidate we thought was a rock star in the interview turned out to be a dud in the workplace.  This happens a lot and can be costly to the organization and stressful for everyone involved, especially the hiring manager.

EPIC interviewing is a simple four-step plan for creating more efficient and effective interviews.  Using behavior-based interviewing techniques as a foundation, readers will then be taught how to differentiate their hiring practices from their competitors?   Want everyone clamoring to work for you?  This book is a great start.

I have leveraged and now share what I have learned my +30 plus years of hiring experience with two Fortune 500 companies (JPMorgan Chase Bank and the Flour Corporation).    The book makes an ideal gift for any sons or daughters who may be entering their first roles as supervisors or managers.

The book is available on Amazon/Kindle by clicking here.   I will appreciate any and all support you can offer by forwarding this email as you feel appropriate.

Thank you for your time and attention,

Roger Ferguson
iSi Human Resources Consulting

The Uncommon Commodity : Common Sense Guide for New Managers (Charleston, SC: Palmetto Publishing, 2016)

I know Doug. He speaks with a servant’s heart and from an authentic manager’s real-world point of view.  A superb combination!
The Uncommon Commodity: A Common Sense Guide for New Managers” is your foot up against the competition. Step up. Now.

Rick Gillis
Careers Expert, Speaker, Author “PROMOTE!” & “JOB!

Cover-2I wrote The Uncommon Commoditybecause I believe new managers need to know that they are not alone. The challenge of taking on a management and leadership role for the first time is possibly the biggest career move anyone can make. Whether you were groomed for it or just thrust into the seat, nothing can be a bigger test than taking on this responsibility. After over 30 years in business management and entrepreneurship, I can promise you many of the answers come from pure common sense. Yet so many get tangled up in fancy program language that they fail to realize how easy some solutions can be found. In this book I use a story telling approach to guide you through common issues.


Doug has developed mastery in the field of management and leadership through years of hands-on experience supplemented by a desire to understand the best practices in these fields. With this book he is opening the vault of his own experience and insight so that others can benefit for what he has learned.  Take this guide and put it to work at once!

Cathy Nunnally
Nunnally & Company


I am so impressed by Doug Thorpe and the valuable service he provides. Watching him work, it is immediately clear that his broad array of business and interpersonal skills have come together beautifully to create an excellent product for those he serves. If you are looking for a coach to help you navigate the difficult waters of searching for new employment, Doug is definitely the person you should call!

Wes Avants
Executive Director, Physician Leadership Institute






The Successful Mortgage Broker (Charleston, SC: Palmetto Publishing, 2016)

Pardon me friends, but having been a long time real estate and mortgage banker, I am constantly on the watch for good technical writing about that industry. I’ve now found a jewel. Jason Myers has released a wonderful compilation on the ways to grow your business in the midst of increasing regulation. WOW! Check out what he has to say. Also, visit his blog at

Jason Myers Book1In conversational style, The Successful Mortgage Broker provides an in-depth look at the ever-changing mortgage industry. Whether you are just beginning your journey as a mortgage broker or you’re a seasoned veteran, this book is sure to shed some light on both the industry and on your professional practices.

Learn about the Three Ps, time-blocked schedules, selling on social media, how to use TRID to your advantage, and much more. The wisdom and insight shared in this book will help you amp up your game and become a top producer both in the current financial climate and for years to come.

The Successful Mortgage Broker