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What are you doing to innovate how you market and sell your products and services? If you are trying to survive and even thrive at today’s oil prices, these two functions are the key to competing and staying profitable. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
As part of Small Business Week, Shea Nerland LLP is hosting a business building seminar in partnership with Sunwapta Solutions. Cold calling and hitting up your network over and over can be painful. What if you could build a marketing engine that reliably generates qualified leads? This presentation is for business owners and anyone else who doesn’t live and breathe marketing. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Sunwapta News & Events
Glad you enjoyed it Steve. Thanks for sharing.
If you are unprepared or desperate, entering a new market can kill your business. Deep pockets won’t always save you either. — Remember Target expanding into Canada back in 2013? They had deep pockets and resources. Then after a series... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
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 Aug 23, 2016 at Doug Wagner @ Sunwapta
— 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
— 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
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
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
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