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You don’t have to be a Sith Lord to misuse the power of fear in your marketing. But you must embrace ownership of the consequences. — “Impressive. Most impressive. Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear. Now,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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— Earlier today I was reading the Calgary Metro (Monday, June 6, 2016). The story “Albertans see it half-empty” quoted the results of a poll of Albertans that stated: 47% think things are going to get worse before they get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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Great leaders and businesses have a story to tell. The best understand who the hero should be. — Many men have lost their place in the bigger story. We bought into one narrative that has not worked out and are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
Thanks Michelle, hope you are doing well.
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The Numbers Are Not Pretty “I’ve never been much of a fighter, apologies for what you’re about to see” ~ Ser Davos, Game of Thrones What is the normal price of oil? When looking at this chart, it is evident... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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We can’t anticipate or control everything, but we can prepare our businesses and lives for dealing with crisis with a little less stress. — This past Saturday (in April 2016), a neighbor was cutting their long grass with a lawn... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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The past is gone. It is only an illusion that we can get it back. Good men must make the future great instead. — Have you ever had one of those experiences with other people where the moment was spontaneous, fun, and memorable? Then you try to make it happen... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Manifast Now
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Sometimes you can take a path in your business that isn’t right for you. Your choices matter. — I know more than a few men who’ve started what they thought was the perfect business for themselves. Once momentum kicks in... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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Businesses must walk a fine balance between innovation and standardization. — I don’t usually mention this, but I initially studied to be an engineer before circumstances sent me off on a different path. Maybe that training causes me to notice... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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When times are tough it is tempting to play a safe game. You might want to reconsider that strategy to win in business. — In tough times, it is tempting to tighten the belt and keep doing what you do. Our natural inclination is to reduce the bigger risk by... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Manifast Now
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Being competitive can be good or it can be dysfunctional. Effective entrepreneurs learn the difference. — Most entrepreneurs are competitive by nature. Being a competitive man isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes, we watch some men take competition to the extreme.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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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 May 2, 2016 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 Apr 28, 2016 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