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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 […]

12 May 2016

Need More Money? Take a Close Look at How You’re Creating Value

By | 2017-04-12T11:29:28+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Categories: Business Strategy, Manifast, Marketing, The Good Men Project|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Tough Times Curve In The Road

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 taking fewer risks at all; to seemingly play it safe. If you are the sole breadwinner it feels like every business mistake is taking food out of your family’s mouth.

So we get paralyzed with […]

28 Apr 2016

Your Relationship with Time and Money Is Hurting You

By | 2017-04-12T11:43:17+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Categories: Business Strategy, Manifast, Mindset and Motivation, The Good Men Project|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Time and Money

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 we are experts because we don’t have the time or passion for achieving mastery.

I see this a lot with small business owners.

For example, they figure out how to build their website and do online marketing because […]

7 Apr 2016

The Power of Knowing Your Entrepreneurial Focus

By | 2017-04-12T11:44:15+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Categories: Business Strategy, Manifast, Mindset and Motivation, The Good Men Project|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Entrepreneurial Focus

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 the go at any time.

If he sees an opportunity or has an idea, he is quick to launch it. One of the businesses started out in managed information technology services. Then a client asked
if he could build her a […]

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 […]

23 Feb 2016

Starting a Business: Assume You Know Nothing

By | 2017-04-12T12:04:50+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Business Strategy, Leadership, Manifast, Mindset and Motivation, The Good Men Project|

Starting a Business - Assume You Know Nothing - Puzzle

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 that. As if everything is black and white, yes or no answers. If we had followed all of that advice 15 years ago, we would not have started our business […]

18 Jan 2016

Don’t Annoy The Bull And Other Lessons From The Field

By | 2017-04-12T12:05:43+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Categories: Leadership, Manifast, Mindset and Motivation, The Good Men Project|

Dog Annoying the Bull

Before you can avoid the bulls, you need to learn to spot them. With people that can be a challenge.

“I never rode a bull – I’m not that stupid.” ~ James Caan

Some years ago we were visiting Dorothy and her spouse, friends who lived in the country near the Alberta foothills. We were city dwellers, so we enjoyed getting out of town for a little adventure.

After sitting around chatting for an hour or so, we all decided to go for a walk before […]

21 Dec 2015

3 Things You Can Do To Jump-Start 2016 Right Now

By | 2017-04-12T12:07:05+00:00 December 21st, 2015|Categories: Manifast, Mindset and Motivation, The Good Men Project|

Person Jumping Into New Year

How to hit the ground running in 2016. (If you are already in holiday mode, you may want to reconsider.)

Once December hits, a lot of us are conditioned to coast through December and then hit the ground running in January.

I worked with Jeff, a government client, who actually refused to meet us in December because “no one works here until January”.  So the project got parked for eight weeks.

But December is only a little more than four weeks long so how does […]

11 Dec 2015

5 Marketing Blunders Almost Everyone Makes

By | 2017-04-12T12:09:04+00:00 December 11th, 2015|Categories: Manifast, Marketing, Sales, The Good Men Project|

Marketing Blunder Extra Hands on Hands

Chances are you are making one or more of these mistakes in your marketing. Knowing what they are can make all the difference.

Over the last few 15 years in business, I’ve seen a lot of good and bad. I’ve attended a lot of learning events, lead workshops, consulted and spoken at numerous events. I’ve had the opportunity to observe what others say and do.

Maybe you’ve got it together all of the time, but from my view, pretty much everyone blunders at […]

27 Nov 2015

Great Teams Need a Purpose

By | 2017-04-12T12:10:36+00:00 November 27th, 2015|Categories: Business Strategy, Dream Teams, Leadership, Manifast|

Business Marketing and Sales

With Purpose

We don’t build great teams in business for the sake of building great teams. It would be like hiring all the best hockey players and then not playing hockey.

Great teams need a purpose or goal.

We build a great hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.

The same goes for business.

For business, the purpose is to serve clients in exchange for revenue. If we do that efficiently, we know we are winning because we generate profit and growth according to our goals.

Brand, Clients and Teams

Our brand is how […]