27 Nov 2015

Great Teams Need a Purpose

By |2017-04-12T12:10:36-06:00November 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 […]

13 Nov 2015

Does Your Workplace Encourage a Culture of Codependency?

By |2017-04-12T12:13:17-06:00November 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 |2017-04-12T12:17:57-06:00November 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 […]

19 Oct 2015

The Distractions That Will Cause Your Business To Crash

By |2017-04-03T11:14:39-06:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Leadership, The Good Men Project|

Car Accident - Distractions That Can Cause Your Business to Crash

Not all distractions are external. In business we have enough challenges without letting our own minds get in the way of success.

We tend to wrap a lot of who we are up in what we do. For many of us in business, life has gotten more competitive, busy, and stressful, so we don’t need to be sabotaging ourselves on top of it all.

As an entrepreneur, leader […]

9 Oct 2015

What Happens At Work Doesn’t Stay At Work: That Can Be Good

By |2017-04-03T11:15:04-06:00October 9th, 2015|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Dream Teams, Leadership, The Good Men Project|

Business Recognition Team
Work is a big part of our lives. What if we can create our business in a way that creates good?

What can happen when people feel disconnected from others and lack a sense of purpose or significance?

If you are aware of events making the news recently, it turns out things can get pretty ugly at the extreme.

The average full-time employee spends one-third of their weekly hours either at work, traveling to and from work, or preparing for work. If you are a […]

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 […]

4 May 2015

5 Things to Work on to Protect Your Business Before a Crisis Hits

By |2017-04-03T11:16:03-06:00May 4th, 2015|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Leadership|

Shocked Business Team - Crisis
In this post on I talk about what you need to do to set your business up so that it can survive a personal crisis on your end. The good news is that doing this today will also make your business much better for you NOW.

Read the article at Entrepreneur "5 Things to Work on to Protect Your Business Before a Crisis Hits"

(Note: This post reached number 8 on the most popular list.)

6 Apr 2015

When Peter’s Problem Robs His Business To Pay Paul

By |2017-04-03T11:16:32-06:00April 6th, 2015|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Leadership, Working on the Business|

Businessman Sheltering From Storm and Crisis

Is your business set up to support you during challenging personal times or will it become an additional burden out of neglect; robbing you of income when you need it most and even potentially everything you've invested in it?

Peter’s Story

My name is Peter. Today I don’t feel like working.

Yet there are a hundred things screaming for my attention.

I should be able to focus but I can’t. My mind is elsewhere, outside of the business […]

30 Mar 2015

2 Questions to Move Your Business Forward

By |2017-04-03T11:00:12-06:00March 30th, 2015|Categories: Business Strategy, Leadership, Manifast|

Vision - definiteness of purpose - business successIt is very easy to get into the habit of drifting from your strategic plan through inattention or chasing the shiny blue ball. We use all sorts of justifications for this but in general, it is better to complete the existing strategy than to change it constantly without thinking.

Before you start any major piece of work for your business you should always ask:

  1. What is the intended result of doing this?
  2. Why does that result matter?

The second question ties your work back to your strategy […]

9 Jan 2015

5 Tips on How To Prepare For Business Surprises “Before” You Are Drowning

By |2017-06-14T15:45:22-06:00January 9th, 2015|Categories: Business Strategy, Leadership, Manifast|

Drowning Swimmer - Business Risk Metaphor

Joe’s Swim

Joe is a really strong swimmer. Every day during the summer he swims out and around a small island in the lake near his home. The total swim is about 50 lengths of a standard pool. Joe has been doing this swim regularly for over 8 years.

As Joe arrives he notices a few other swimmers out on the small lake. Not as many as on the weekend but this is a […]