Books and Courses

14 Mar 2016

Why Having an Opinion Isn’t the Same as Thinking

By |2017-04-03T11:12:09-06:00March 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 […]

2 Oct 2015

Want Real Change? The Shift Begins in the Middle

By |2017-04-13T12:45:59-06:00October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Books and Courses, Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Leadership, The Good Men Project|

Business Crowd - Shifting Minds - Creating Change

Tired of preaching to the choir or confronting your most vocal opponents and seeing no real change or impact from your efforts?

Maybe you are talking to the wrong people.

The longer you hang out online, the more you realize that society seems to be getting more polarized on just about every issue. Politicians are getting compared to Hitler or Stalin. Vague statements, with little basis in fact, are made to back […]

28 Oct 2013

Definiteness of Purpose: Key to Personal Success

By |2017-04-04T15:59:09-06:00October 28th, 2013|Categories: Books and Courses, Doug's Blog, Manifast, Mindset and Motivation|

Many people I talk to inside and outside of business are looking for that elusive thing called success. Success is not defined solely by how much money you make. It is usually related to the pursuit of personal happiness, fulfillment and security.

Even people who appear to be focused on money usually have an underlying motive for something beyond the money. They might not know what it is, but it is almost always there.

In “The Go-Giver“, Bob Burg and John David Mann show us The Five Laws of Stratospheric Success. It is an excellent framework for achieving success and […]

7 Aug 2013

Illusions at Work and Business

By |2017-04-03T11:26:43-06:00August 7th, 2013|Categories: Books and Courses, Doug's Blog, Leadership, Marketing, Mindset and Motivation, Sales|

What you see as reality is not what I see. It is not just me or you.

It is everyone.

Everything you see, touch, smell, feel, hear or otherwise interact with is a construct and interpretation by your brain including the filters of your beliefs and world views.

The illusion of reality.

Illusions at Work and Business

Once you understand this and that everyone sees and interprets the world differently it becomes a lot easier to get along with others, sell your products and services, and create […]

21 May 2013

Embrace Optimistic Pessimism for Business Greatness

By |2017-04-04T15:50:50-06:00May 21st, 2013|Categories: Books and Courses, Doug's Blog, Leadership, Mindset and Motivation|

For a while I thought I was a bit of a pessimist. When I am
presented with new things or risk I immediately think of all the things that can
go wrong.

But then I realized that I also dream fairly big.  I always have.

And continue to do things despite the fear or risk. Try to figure
out how to get past all the things that can go wrong. Rewrite the rules if required.

Because I understand the risk, and choose to do it anyways,
I don’t tend to quit when things go a bit sideways. I knew what I was getting


16 May 2013

Don’t Grow, Only to Pop Your Business

By |2017-04-17T13:16:49-06:00May 16th, 2013|Categories: Books and Courses, Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Mindset and Motivation|

I recently heard about yet another local business that seemed to be doing really well a few years ago but recently shut its doors.

It wasn’t the economy. It wasn’t incompetence in their craft.

The service they offered is still in demand.  In fact, they were riding a big wave created by other big fish.

They didn’t have to invent a market.

What Happened?

Balloon popping growing too fast in businessUltimately, the owner could not figure out how to successfully grow or scale their business.

Burn out.

Or the realization they could make […]

7 May 2013

Hats Off To Randy Gage And Mystique

By |2017-04-03T11:29:11-06:00May 7th, 2013|Categories: Books and Courses, Doug's Blog, Marketing, Sales|

Randy Gage recently announced he is disappearing from public life.

"Effective today, I’ll stop posting to my Facebook page, Twitter feed, YouTube channel and blog, and am going to disappear from the public stage."

I have recently been thinking about Sally Hogshead's book "Fascinate" and how I could apply it to my message.

My primary trigger happens to be Mystique. So the rest of his message was fascinating to read.

Now back to Randy…

Chinese pagoda thinking learning growing success mystiqueHe […]

12 Apr 2013

Focus on What Matters Most

By |2017-04-03T11:30:28-06:00April 12th, 2013|Categories: Books and Courses, Business Strategy, Doug's Blog|

Too many businesses get distracted and lose focus from what is important.

Be The Best At What Matters Most by Joe CallowayI am currently reading "Be The Best At What Matters Most" by Joe Calloway. 

Great book. Well worth the read. Buy it.

But reading the book won't help you.

Applying the ideas to your business will help you immensely. 

Manifast Your Dream Business

I started by asking two questions about our own Manifast brand:

  • What matters most to our customers […]
2 Apr 2013

Blow Up The Walls That Hold You Back

By |2017-04-03T11:30:57-06:00April 2nd, 2013|Categories: Books and Courses, Doug's Blog, Mindset and Motivation|

We all have them, the thoughts and beliefs that limit our
potential to achieve our dreams. These are the bricks that we use to build
walls in our mind; the ones that limit what we can and can’t do.

The thing is most of them were put there by ourselves.

Yes Sergeant!

Back when I was just out of high school and in basic officer
training (Canadian Air Force) I was quite shy and introverted. I jumped into an
environment that requires anything but. Besides the nightmares the biggest
things I learned is that I am capable of a lot more I than I thought and I don’t
quit. […]

27 Jan 2012

Chain Reaction (to Sustainable Profits)

By |2017-04-03T11:40:28-06:00January 27th, 2012|Categories: Books and Courses, Doug's Blog, Leadership|

I read Chain Reaction – A Business Novel by Jeff Pallister a few months ago. I enjoyed the book and found that a lot of Jeff's thinking paralleled our thinking about how business could be.

Jeff Pallister is a speaker, author and management consultant who specializes in applying creativity and teamwork to generate increased profitability.

The book itself is about the company president Ryan Vale who was hired by the founders to get the company back on track. Most of the founders are reaching the end of their careers and want to cash out by selling the company […]