Blog posts related to the Manifast Now mission: business education and solutions.

21 Dec 2015

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

By |2017-04-12T12:07:05-06:00December 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 |2017-06-02T15:44:13-06:00December 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 |2017-04-12T12:10:36-06:00November 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 […]

1 Oct 2015

Expecting Better Results Without Changing Anything At All

By |2017-04-12T12:20:22-06:00October 1st, 2015|Categories: Business Strategy, Manifast, Marketing, Mindset and Motivation|

Changing World and Business Change

It is autumn and change is in the air. Not just the seasons but all around us.

So, I’ve been thinking a lot about change lately.

Not just the stuff that directly impacts me, but the stuff that is impacting our business and even more importantly, our client’s businesses.

I’ve talked to business owners directly impacted by some of the macro trends: oil prices, the dollar, globalization, innovation, technology and the competitive landscape.

For many people, this change generates fear or resistance.

Fear and resistance lead to an attempt at maintaining the status […]

17 Jul 2015

Rainy Days Can Lead To Growth

By |2017-04-12T12:43:06-06:00July 17th, 2015|Categories: Business Strategy, Manifast, Mindset and Motivation|

Plant Growing in Hands - Rain and Business Growth

Not a lot of snow cover and a dry spring has led to fear of drought and poor crop yields in southern Alberta. Some areas have been hit with flooding during recent thunderstorms, yet on average the rain hasn’t been enough.

Today it is raining. For some that is a good thing. Hope.

Other people see it as an inconvenience, infringing on our already short summers here in Calgary.

Perspective and perception changes how you view everything.

Water is required for growth.

If things are slow for your business […]

8 Jun 2015

Tremendous Life Radio Guest – 4 June 2015

By |2017-04-03T11:15:37-06:00June 8th, 2015|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Go-Giver Coach, Manifast|

Tremendous Life Radio

Broadcast Live Radio Online Interview

Tremendous Life Radio, hosted by Todd Weaver, is an interview format show that brings people to the show on a variety of topics from business to personal development. Guests range from the currently famous to up and coming writers, speakers and entrepreneurs. Todd has been able to get some pretty impressive […]

28 Apr 2015

Shifting Your Mindset Opens New Business Possibilities

By |2017-04-03T12:16:20-06:00April 28th, 2015|Categories: Manifast, Mindset and Motivation|

Brain and Mindset

Here at Sunwapta Solutions, the Manifast team and I are big believers in continuous learning and being coached.

In fact, over the past few years we have spent a substantial sum to ensure not only that we can thrive as a business, but that we are able to help your businesses grow by being better ourselves.

One of my recent training calls was with a prominent mindset coach named David Neagle.

He shares a great deal of information on “The Laws” and how to apply them.

Paying the Price of the Gift

One […]

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 […]