Moving from Founder to CEO with Doug Thorpe | Live with Bottleneck

On this episode of Live with Bottleneck, our guest Doug Thorpe talks about moving from founder to CEO and what it entails to move positions within the company. Doug also talks about learning and executing leadership, and how it has helped him move up in the long run.

Doug Thorpe is an advisor, executive coach, author, podcast host, and mentor. He has over 30 years of executive leadership experience, business management, and ways of growing the next generation of leaders.

For more information on how to move from founder to CEO within a company, continue listening to this episode.

Who is Doug Thorpe?

Before he moved to the corporate world, Doug used to be a captain in the army. He also used to be a banker. As an entrepreneur, he started five different businesses. Along the way, he also created a non-profit that helped job seekers in their career transition. He has helped over 4,500 professionals.

He also became the founder and CEO of Headway Executive Coaching. Doug now guides people to finding clarity in their lives and at work. In turn, those that he had helped are now leading with focus, energy, and inspiration. As a coach, he can help people find easy, common sense answers to certain challenges.

As an author, he has written over 5 books already. They are all available on Amazon for less than $10, which is a steal for an abundance of knowledge within their pages.

How To Move From Founder To CEO

Being a company founder means that you manufactured the idea. You built the company from the ground up, from a lightbulb moment that happened to you. Moving from being a founder to CEO of the company means that you are moving from the idea to actually working on processes and systems within the company.

To be able to do this, you have to acknowledge that there are a few elements that you would have to consider.

“There are four basic areas that are going to be true and present in any situation.” –  Doug Thorpe

There are people challenges, process challenges, product issues, and performance issues. Leaders should think about whether the company is making any money and whether it is growing.

But, if any of these occur, the question should be redirected to the founder. If they are willing to move from being an idea machine to a solution-giver, then most, if not all of these can be solved.

Maintaining A Well-Oiled (Business) Machine

A CEO dives into the fray, creating solutions to problems with their team and exploring the lay of the land when it comes to certain processes.

They also lead by example, and whatever they do, the entire company will be affected. Workflows, systems, and processes are what CEOs are in charge of, and everyone else contributes and follows. This is what makes a successful business a well-oiled machine.

To know more about Doug Thorpe and how to move from founder to CEO, stay tuned to this episode.


Doug Thorpe is a trusted advisor, executive coach, author, podcast host, and mentor. He brings together over 30 years of executive leadership experience, business management, and passion for growing the next generation of Leaders.

Doug loves guiding people to find clarity in their lives and at work so that those they lead can be focused, energized, and inspired. He is the only coach who can help you find easy. common sense answers to the challenges you face.

Before becoming the founder and CEO of Headway Executive Coaching, he was an Army Captain, a banker, and a serial entrepreneur, starting five different enterprises. Along the way he created a non-profit that aided job seekers in career transition, serving over 4,500 professionals.

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About Jaime Jay

Meet Jaime Jay – a man who wears many hats, and wears them all admirably. He's a master connector, an entrepreneur extraordinaire, and a published author who knows how to get things done.

Before he found his way to the business world, Jaime served his country as a brave paratrooper in the U.S. Army. But that's just the beginning of his many accomplishments.

He's the founder of the renowned Bottleneck Distant Assistant Services firm, and his book "Quit Repeating Yourself" has become a must-read for entrepreneurs everywhere.

When he's not busy building his empire, you can find him on his beloved Harley Davidson, cruising through the countryside and taking in the invigorating effects of Uitwaaien – a Dutch practice that involves facing the wind to boost health and relieve stress.

He enjoys spending his free time outside building stuff with his wife, Nikita the dog and their two kittens (for now at least) Tommy and Tater.

He is ‘over-the-moon’ happily married to his wonderful wife Sara, his amazing daughter, Jessica, who is serving our country as a United States Army soldier. Jaime and Sara are the proud grand parents of two beautiful little girls.


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