Let’s Talk About Employee Engagement

Founder and CEO of Activate Human Capital Group, Melissa Ortiz is my guest on this episode. We explore her experience with employee motivations, assessments, and programs to build better employee engagement.

Understanding Social Media Marketing

Join me with my guest Nancee Johnson, a Microsoft marketing exec turned SEO guru. She’s made a business of helping business owners leverage social media the right way. Hear her stories and suggestions for optimizing your limited budgets for marketing and sales. For more articles on small business ownership, visit DougThorpe.com And to see more […]

Living a G.R.E.A.T. Life

Join me as I interview Madelaine Weiss, best-selling author of the book “Getting to G.R.E.A.T.” This is a great model for leaders wanting to get to the next level. In this book, Madelaine explains a successful five-step approach to living the life you really want. Too often we get stuck in the ‘now’, never realizing […]

Is Your Family Business Too Much Family?

A large majority of small business is in fact family business. The classic “Mom & Pop” structure. Mom or Dad get an idea and start a business. As the need for extra help grows, the easy answer is to hire other family members to help you get it going. Often the thinking behind this involves […]

Understanding the Entrepreneurial Operating System “EOS”

In the book “Traction” by Gino Wickman, the concept of the EOS is introduced. EOS stands for the Entrepreneurial Operating System. By using an EOS approach you can stop working IN your business and start working ON your business. Or as Wickman states “Do you have a grip on your business or does your business […]

Health and Fitness with Luke Prentiss

One big part of becoming an effective leader is keeping your body in tip-top shape. Join me as I visit with my own coach and fitness advisor, Luke Prentiss. We’re going to do some myth-busting about popular fitness fads. In addition to his regular fitness coaching. Luke offers a program dedicated to avid kayak fishermen. […]

Small Business Intellectual Property Discussion

In this episode, Gordon Arnold, a Houston-based intellectual property attorney discusses everything a business owner should know about protecting their rights. Your inventions, content creation and other intellectual property (IP) needs to be protected. In addition, you can need to protect yourself from others who are claiming encroachment on their IP. Listen as we discuss […]

Get to the Bottomline

better writing

Great leaders know how to communicate. But written communication sometimes needs help. Here’s a quick tip for becoming better communicator when you write.

Leadership and Woodworking

An old mentor taught me some great lessons in a woodshop. I later discovered those practical tips apply to good leadership too. Hear more of the story now.

Podcast Interview with Todd Westra

Leaders in Business

Recently I had the opportunity to appear on a podcast hosted by Todd Westra. Todd’s show is called “The Leadership in Business Podcast.” Here is the full show.