Doug’s Blog

9 May 2016

The Secret to Great Leadership is Letting Others Win

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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. Every interaction is a death match to prove they are winners, and everyone else is a loser. I watched a documentary about well-known billionaire developer who always had to win, even against other accomplished businessmen. In making […]

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.


The new ship, […]

11 Apr 2016

Being Self-Aware Enough to Know Your Value is the Path to Creating Exceptional Value

By | 2017-04-03T11:11:02+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Leadership, Mindset and Motivation, The Good Men Project|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Team of Self Aware Business People - Startup

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 how great I am” of an adult child clamoring for constant approval. A little limelight is good for the soul. Tying your sense of self-worth to the […]

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 […]

28 Mar 2016

Stuck? Begin With the Start in Mind

By | 2017-04-03T11:11:26+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, The Good Men Project, Working on the Business|

Begin with Start - Writing Business Ideas

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 into plenty of others in the same boat. Ideas are rarely in shortage.

Call it chasing the squirrel or the shiny blue ball syndrome.

The solution in most cases is to […]

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. […]

14 Mar 2016

Why Having an Opinion Isn’t the Same as Thinking

By | 2017-04-03T11:12:09+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Categories: Books and Courses, Doug's Blog, Leadership, The Good Men Project|

Lion Listening in Africa

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. Sometimes it is with clients and their beliefs about how their industry works. (I may even talk to myself when no one is around, but I am not aware of any proof.)

I was recently reading […]

7 Mar 2016

Partnering Starts with Brand and Trust

By | 2017-04-03T11:12:22+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Oilfield Pulse|

Trust and Partnering In Tough Times

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 sales costs.

This is one example of what it often looks like:

  • Five to ten small firms targeting a similar target market form a marketing group or shell company.
  • They all remain autonomous and […]
1 Mar 2016

Stop Hoping For a Hero to Save You

By | 2017-04-03T11:12:35+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Categories: Doug's Blog, Dream Teams, Leadership, The Good Men Project|

Hero Firefighters

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 sometimes they are reluctant heroes; forced into the role.

In sports, our heroes range from the all-star lineup of the favored team to the quarterback on the opposing side who leads the underdog team in a playoff run.

We want our Presidents […]

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 […]