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You probably wouldn’t let the Internet name your baby. So what could go wrong in naming your $289 million polar research vessel? — What happens when you are building an expensive new polar research vessel, and you want to generate... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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Your ability to invest and leverage resources determines your success in business. How do you measure up? — The Internet has taught us we can be experts in anything we choose. So we try to be experts in everything. Or worse, we learn just enough to fool ourselves into thinking... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Manifast Now
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With people walking the Earth claiming to be the “greatest” at everything, it is easy to lose sight of your personal potential for greatness. — When I think of personal greatness, I don’t mean the narcissistic “look at me, look... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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It is very difficult to focus on a business mission and yourself at the same time. Clarity makes all the difference. — “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche Robert Robert has somewhere between seven and a dozen small business ventures on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Manifast Now
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Alberta wasn't always landlocked. Now is the time to reimagine our competitive advantage. — Alberta wasn’t always landlocked. Anywhere from 600 million years ago until 85 million years ago, give or take some rounding errors, the salt water of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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Are you excellent at picturing the end-solution and then working backwards? There are times when that approach fails. — As an entrepreneur, I can imagine, in great detail, a lot of possible things I could do or build. I’ve run... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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— People buy Apple products, because Apple has a powerful brand that connects to their ideal customer. Consumers can see the connection to the iPhone in their hand or the MacBook Pro in their lap along with the company itself.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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You don’t have to make people lose to win. In fact, it is usually a bad long-term strategy. — “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.“ ~ Zig Ziglar If you have been watching Donald Trump in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Manifast Now
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Does the sheep really care that the lion doesn’t care about his opinion, and other challenges you’ve probably never considered. — I’ve been challenging some commonly held beliefs (or memes) for a while. Often this conversation is in my head.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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Critical Parts of Successful Collaboration — Over our last 15 plus years in business and consulting, I’ve run into many cases of small businesses attempting to work together to deliver better client value, win larger projects, and share marketing and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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As an entrepreneur, you have more problems than time. So you try to hand your biggest problems to someone else to make them disappear. — We love our heroes. In the movies, sometimes they start out as hero material, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
Hi George, Thanks for the comment and sharing your wisdom. I fully agree with the idea that businesses need to keep reinventing themselves and innovating to stay relevant and efficient. Cheers, Doug
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Here is the million dollar question: “What can Albertans and the oil and gas sector expect in 2016?” — Some people have access to more data, but unless you’ve invented the time machine, your guess about the future might be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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When you start to think you know it all, something will happen to make you believe you don’t know anything at all. — “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” ~ Ygritte – The Game of Thrones It is tempting to give people advice on starting a business. Do this and not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Manifast Now
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Are you limited to survival, or can you thrive in the face of adversity? — Sunwapta Solutions Inc. has been in business for over 15 years. Suffice it to say, we’ve been through a few economic cycles during that time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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How our layers of roles and personas create a wall between us, happiness, and success. — “I’ve always wanted to be a brooding, deep, dark artist, but I can never keep that facade going for more than 15 minutes.” ~... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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The illusion of success can trap you in a business that keeps you buzzing but doesn’t fuel your passion. — “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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Before you can avoid the bulls, you need to learn to spot them. With people that can be a challenge. — “I never rode a bull – I’m not that stupid.” ~ James Caan Some years ago we were visiting Dorothy and her spouse, friends who lived in the country... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Manifast Now
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How to hit the ground running in 2016. (If you are already in holiday mode, you may want to reconsider.) — Once December hits, a lot of us are conditioned to coast through December and then hit the ground running in January. I worked with Jeff, a government client, who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Manifast Now
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Many times we get ourselves into a mental trap where not moving forward seems safe. It isn’t. — “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting.” ~... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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Chances are you are making one or more of these mistakes in your marketing. Knowing what they are can make all the difference. — Over the last few 15 years in business, I’ve seen a lot of good and bad. I’ve attended a lot of learning events, lead workshops, consulted... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Manifast Now
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With Purpose We don’t build great teams in business for the sake of building great teams. It would be like hiring all the best hockey players and then not playing hockey. Great teams need a purpose or goal. We build a great hockey team to win the Stanley Cup. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2015 at Manifast Now
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Create More Value and Convert Leads To Clients Now is the time to be working on improving your sales. So you can maximize sales in the down times and really hit it in the upswing. You can’t grow your business significantly until you master sales in a way that works... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Manifast News & Events
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Getting Results From Your Marketing Strategy What do the master marketers do that most don't? One of the hidden secrets to marketing is that most businesses have access to some pretty powerful tools and strategies but that few can put them together into an effective plan that generates consistent results.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Manifast News & Events
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A dysfunctional culture can doom your organization to mediocrity or outright failure. How can you tell if you should be worried? — “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” ~Peter Drucker We often see a sports team that seems to have a great pool of individual talent, yet it can’t seem to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Manifast Now