Current Events

20 Apr 2017

Show Your Humanity to Engage More on Social Media

By | 2017-04-20T17:30:44+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Categories: Branding, Current Events, Doug's Blog, Marketing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Connecting With People for Social Media Engagement - Guitar on Black Background

There are two main camps in online marketing: business is business and business is personal. The first camp paints itself as impersonal, professional, and aloof. The second acknowledges that people do business with people. When done right, letting your humanity shine through your marketing messages increases social media engagement – without losing the professional touch.

3 Examples

Virgin is Human

If you are considering any of the companies in the Virgin Group, you will probably find the personality of […]

13 Apr 2017

Daraja – Raising Chickens and Developing Business Skills

By | 2017-04-14T13:25:10+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Current Events, Doug's Blog, Non-Profits and Community|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Daraja - Chicken Farm and Business Skills

Arsheen Dhalla is busy doing remarkable work in Zanzibar through the Daraja Foundation. Daraja means bridge in Swahili. During one of her infrequent visits to Calgary, I had the pleasure to sit down with her and listen to her story. There are many stories to tell. For this first video in the series, we decided to focus on the development of life and business skills.

The Chicken Farm Club

Initially when Arsheen traveled to Zanzibar in this capacity, her work primarily centered on an orphanage and a local […]

26 May 2016

The Future is Coming and There Is No Going Back to the Past

By | 2017-04-12T11:28:33+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Categories: Current Events, Leadership, Manifast, Mindset and Motivation, The Good Men Project|

Future of Man and Robot

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 the next year again, but it doesn’t seem to be quite as good? There is only one first time. The older you get, the more you are likely to want to hold onto the […]

2 May 2016

Be Careful What You Ask For On the Internet

By | 2017-04-03T11:10:50+00:00 May 2nd, 2016|Categories: Current Events, Doug's Blog, Marketing, Sales, Technology, The Good Men Project|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Polar Research Vessel Naming Contest

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 some visibility for the project? Why of course, you hold a public naming contest on the Internet.

This is exactly what the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) did.

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The new ship, […]

5 Apr 2016

Going High to Access Alberta’s Ocean

By | 2017-04-17T13:22:16+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Categories: Current Events, Doug's Blog, Marketing, Oilfield Pulse, Sales|

Imagination, Innovation and a Boy in Box

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 ocean covered Alberta by varying degrees.

Then for 2 million years, Alberta went through about 80 glacial cycles. The last ice age finished about 10,000 years ago, bringing us to relatively modern times.

The federal government got elected […]

21 Mar 2016

Manage Your Brand: Win the Hearts of Customers

By | 2017-04-03T11:11:51+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Categories: Business Strategy, Current Events, Doug's Blog, Marketing, Oilfield Pulse, Sales|

Happy Customers - Branding

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.

It doesn’t matter if the products are manufactured offshore by companies and people they don’t know exist. It doesn’t matter if the components in the phones are fabricated by other companies most of us have never heard of. […]

17 Mar 2016

Win-Win Always Trumps Creating Losers

By | 2017-04-12T11:44:54+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Categories: Business Strategy, Current Events, Manifast, Mindset and Motivation, The Good Men Project|

Win Win Business Team Running

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 the news lately, you are probably quite aware that he embraces an overt and aggressive bullying technique when dealing with any opposition.

Most recently, this included attacking the credibility of a disabled New York Times reporter […]

26 Feb 2016

How To Put Success Back Into Your Forecast

By | 2017-04-03T11:13:00+00:00 February 26th, 2016|Categories: Business Strategy, Current Events, Doug's Blog, Oilfield Pulse|

Rocket To Success

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 just as good as theirs.

The Future Is Gloomy

(Update: Since this article was originally published in December 2015, the price of oil has dropped below $30 US per barrel and the royalty review results have been announced. Those […]

13 Nov 2015

Does Your Workplace Encourage a Culture of Codependency?

By | 2017-04-12T12:13:17+00:00 November 13th, 2015|Categories: Current Events, Dream Teams, Leadership, Manifast, Mindset and Motivation|

Culture and Business People Arm Wrestling

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 win consistently and fails to get very far in the playoffs. Then we have the underdog team that surprises everyone with a playoff run, sometimes even taking the top prize.

The difference between winning and losing in […]

5 Nov 2015

When Do Your Strongest Success Traits Make You Codependent?

By | 2017-04-12T12:17:57+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Categories: Business Strategy, Current Events, Leadership, Manifast, Mindset and Motivation|

Codependency and Entrepreneur Meeting with Stuffed Animals

Startling but true, these success-driven behaviours can be your worst dysfunctional nightmare.

“You have that enormously positive expectation that you’ll be free, and then you realize that you are in a worse prison than before because it’s one of your own making.”  ~ Michael Gerber

Entrepreneurship puts intense pressures on people, and when that happens, we dial up those success traits to the extreme, or take a few shortcuts to survive.

You’ve probably seen this yourself as the business leader or the employee.

This Could Be Your […]