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Doug Wagner
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Visionary business leaders and entrepreneurs are attracted to ideas. We get excited by them in fact. They idea of accomplishing something amazing or new can keep us motivated when most other people will quit. At least until something distracts us... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Doug Wagner @ Manifast
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Purpose or mission driven businesses are not only more satisfying to start, run and be employed at; they also tend to significantly outperform their competitors financially. So I’ve been thinking a bit about mission or purpose driven businesses recently. There are more and more examples coming out where mission or... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Manifast Now
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I was just thinking about how the two camps around resolutions: those who “make and break them” every year and those who say they “don’t believe in making any”. The second camp realize that they will break them so they don’t bother; the pessimistic or realistic view. The first camp... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Manifast Now
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It is quite odd that most business owners and entrepreneurs are not actually business builders by nature. Yet, building a business is your primary role when you start and try to grow a business. Most business owners started their business because they were good at something… their products and services.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Manifast Now
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If your business plan goes something like “we will seize opportunities as they come”; how will you know what an opportunity is? Do you seize every opportunity? How long do you pursue one before you chase the next? Do any of them get completed? In this post by Brittany Leung,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Manifast Now
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As we head into 2015 I’ve been pondering why a lot of small and even mid-sized businesses fail to reach their full potential. Here is one startling fact: “People who regularly write down their goals earn nine times as much over their lifetimes as people who don’t. Yet less than... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Manifast Now
Hi Bob, so happy we landed Barbara as one of our guest bloggers. She shares a lot of great wisdom.
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We've all had that less than memorable customer experience. Slow or wrong order. Late project delivery. How your staff deals with it is just as important as fixing the mistake. It all starts at the top. By Barbara Abramson My husband and I recently stopped for dinner at a local... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Manifast Now
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I hear a lot of people saying I gave 100%. Some can even apparently give more then everything they have, 110% or 120%. Physics, economics, logic and math aside, how do you know you are giving it your all? Effort... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Doug Wagner @ Manifast
I should mention that despite all the inconvenience of service disruption, the employees of Calgary Transit were doing the best they could and I appreciate the work they do.
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I was at the office a little late the other night. My plan was to catch the 9:00 p.m. train and head home, relax a bit, and then get a good sleep. Sometimes plans get derailed. I got to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Doug Wagner @ Manifast
Hi Lisa, I agree. Dixie shares a lot of wisdom packed into those words. I am always learning. Thanks for commenting.
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You are driving down a country road in the foggy, wintry weather with no map, no GPS and no compass. You reach a crossroads. Do you go straight? Do you turn left or right? Do you drive fast or slow? In this post by our very special guest, Dixie Gillaspie,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Manifast Now
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"Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people's interests first." ~ The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann In Brittany Leung's debut post here, she explores how the basic rule she learned as a child applies more now than ever. By Brittany Leung I’m realizing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Manifast Now
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Three of the top reasons people feel disengaged at work include: don't like their boss, don't feel connected with other employees and don't feel they matter. In this post connection expert and coach Barbara Abramson shows you some ways to engage your team and turn this around. By Barbara Abramson... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Manifast Now
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Several months ago (my how time flies), I had decided that we need to launch a blog that was a little different from my personal blog. That time has come. Well in reality this blog doesn't look terribly different from the brand new look on my personal blog. But looks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Manifast Now
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“All things being equal, people will do business with and refer business to those people they know like and trust.” Bob Burg and John David Mann – The Go-Giver At first glance the Go-Giver is a book about sales. I agree. Following The 5 Laws will help you sell more.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Manifast Now
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Maybe you just lost a big client or didn’t win a big proposal. Maybe you are just getting going in your business. What is the first reaction when you have a cash flow shortage in your business? If you are like 99% of people your first reaction is “I need... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Manifast Now
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When we spend time doing things that don’t add value and pretending it is work we are stealing. The only question is from whom? The Law of Value states: “Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.” Bob Burg and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Manifast Now
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Did you know that something like 90% of drivers think they are above average drivers? Almost half of them are wrong. 50% of doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class? Does that scare you? Many, maybe even most, business owners think they have above average employees... that their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Manifast Now
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Be careful what you ask for. Some folks are way too happy to dish it out! Most of us crave feedback and validation of ourselves, our work and our art. We seek it out either by overtly asking, or through self-deprecation, and we always hope the response will be, “You... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Manifast Now
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Chickens are much bigger today than they were 60 years ago. At first you might think chicken farmers cheated with growth hormones or that they were genetically modified in a lab. That was my initial guess. According to this study published in the Poultry Science Journal, even after adjusting for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Manifast Now
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In this guest post by Certified Go-Giver Coach, Doug Wagner, the very wise and successful entrepreneur takes inspiration from a book by Perry Marshall. Here, he looks at the famous “Pareto Principle” (a/k/a, “the 80/20 rule”), applying it to The Go-Giver and one’s overall business success. Enjoy Doug’s wisdom! –... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Manifast Now
"He never guessed that following his father’s wishes would set him up for the life he loved best – being an entrepreneur." My high school graduation experience culminated in me losing my long hair and getting paid to get screamed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Doug Wagner @ Manifast
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"8 Keys to breaking this habit and improving your sales (and your love life)." Sometimes plans don’t unfold as you intended. An explosion, an underground fire, and a five-day power outage in Calgary recently conspired to alter events for me.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Doug Wagner @ Manifast