Impact Group Receives Award


Local Business Achieves Sales Honour

Minneapolis, MN

Wiley, the leading developer of Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team-based corporate training and assessment-driven solutions, announced today that local business Impact Group was recognized as a 2014 Opal award-winning Partner. The honor of Opal Award is the fifth-highest award level—in 2014, less than 7% of Authorized Partners earned this esteemed award.

“Impact Group’s dedication in bringing the Everything DiSC and The Five Behaviors solutions to their clients has been an inspiration to see,” said Barry Davis, Vice President and General Manager of Wiley’s Workplace Learning Solutions Group. “Their deep product knowledge and excitement to help their clients succeed serves as a model for the professionals we seek to work with. We are excited to continue our partnership with Impact Group and are honored to have them as an Authorized Partner.”

About Impact Group

Impact Group is a business coaching and marketing firm specializing in small businesses. They pride themselves on having the skills within their business to cover all marketing requirements from branding to web design to facilitation and training.

Founded in 2002 by Craig and Cheryl Manness, they have grown into a business of energetic marketing/coaching professionals with a focus on client relationships, intuitive design, and customized training. They work at an in-depth level with their clients to assess their needs, develop solutions, and execute plans to build on their success.

The services they provide are a logical evolution of their client relationships and their specific customer needs. Impact Group is continually talking with clients’ customers to ensure they stay relevant and connected to the markets they serve.

About Everything DiSC

Everything DiSC is the leading suite of DiSC®-based corporate training and assessment solutions. These advanced applications combine online assessment, classroom facilitation, and post-training follow-up to create powerful, personalized workplace development experiences. With a global network of nearly 1,800 independent Partners, Everything DiSC solution-focused products are used in thousands of organizations, including major government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

About The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team is the result of the partnership between Wiley Workplace Learning Solutions and best–selling author Patrick Lencioni. The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team creates a learning experience that helps individuals and organizations reveal what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team in the most approachable, competent, and effective way possible. Powered by Everything DiSC® to bring together everyone’s personalities and preferences, the Five Behaviors guides teams through the hard work and huge payoff of forming a cohesive, productive team.

About Wiley’s Workplace Learning Solutions Community
Wiley’s professional development business creates products and services to help people become more effective in the workplace and achieve career success. We bring the ideas and best practices of thought leaders to life—serving workplace communities worldwide.


“Poke The Box” by Seth Godin

In “Poke The Box” Seth Godin goes on another rant, this time about being and initiator and starting things. The whole premise of the book is to step outside of what you are routinely do, and start new things. Be someone that starts and ships things rather than someone that is safe and compliant. Go and make something happen instead of waiting for it to happen to you. While this seems risky and our fear tells us not to, he argues that it is better to walk that line because “except in rare circumstances, failure is not fatal.” He even goes on to suggest that if there isn’t that chance that it might fail it doesn’t count as trying to make something happen because there is no consequence. I have to admit that reading this book inspires me to want to go and start something but I don’t really know where to start. And that is partially his point. “The challenge is getting in the habit of starting.” Godin means intentionally starting something, anything, big or small. Get in the habit of starting. Pick a day and a time, sit down, and start something. I think we are waiting for someone to give us permission to put ourselves out there but I find that the biggest barrier is myself. The question I found myself asking is, what would happen if I gave myself permission to start something knowing that it might fail. Obviously the severity of the consequences plays a factor in the decision but Godin says that it is worth it to be in the habit of starting. That it pays off in the long run. That it is an exciting and fulfilling way to live. It is exciting fun to work with people that do this.

Here are a few quotes from the book that struck me.

“The challenge is getting into the habit of starting.”

Starting things isn’t something I am either born with or without. Starting things is an intentional decision and gets easier and more natural the more I do it.

“When in doubt, look for the fear. That is almost always the source of your doubt.”

Looking for the fear that drives my doubt is an interesting exercise. Thinking back to when I have let fear stop me from doing something I realized that it usually meant that nothing would happen. Some might say that is good but it also means no good is happening either. Am I missing out on really cool awesome stuff because of my fear? Are others missing out on something amazing because of my fear?

“Organize (your company) for joy. These are the companies that give people the freedom (and the expectation) that they will create, connect, and surprise. The relentless act of invention and innovation is the best marketing asset.”

Not much to add except that I want that for Impact Group and the clients we work with.

“If you can’t fail, it doesn’t count.”

If there is no risk of failing then it doesn’t count as starting something. There needs to be skin in the game.

“Ideas that spread win, but ideas that don’t get spoken always fail.”

Waiting for something to happen or someone to notice without speaking up will mean my ideas will fail. I need to overcome the fear of my ideas being good or bad and just let them be ideas and share them. Ideas good or bad when shared always lead to more good ideas in the end. At least that has been my experience to date.

“Don’t wait for someone to pick you.”

I read this to mean pick yourself. Don’t wait to be discovered, discover yourself and put yourself out there. Embrace the failures. Celebrate the successes. Start something else.

As always, I try to take Godins rants with a grain of salt. He writes to the extreme to make his point and I appreciate that. Message received. It’s worth a shot, at least it will be exciting. Overall, enjoyed the book. It was a quick read and some good food for thought and hopefully some action.

Go, make something happen!


Stampede Breakfast 2013

Impact Group (@impactgr) and Intoria (@intoria) pooled their pancake batter and breakfast sausages and threw a pancake breakfast this morning. Thanks to everyone who came! Yahoo!!!!!!!!



Overcome With Amazing!

I’m sitting on the plane in Seat 12C on AirCanada flight AC8587 from Calgary to Saskatoon. We are rolling down the Tarmac towards the runway as I’m resting my eyes hoping to dose off for a few minutes. I’m not relaxed but I’m not stressed either; just happy to be on my way home after a good work week. 

Then I hear it, a little squeal of delight. In the seat behind me is a mentally challenged adult who may be going on his first flight. He is asking him mom and dad a question about everything he sees and feels and giggles with anticipation as we roll faster and faster down the runway. At this point it strikes me. He is living in the moment and it is so exciting he can’t contain himself. Naturally I feel happy for him and at the same moment a little jealous. I try to recall the last moment I was overcome with such amazement that I was completely lost in that moment. In the busyness of life I forget to look at what is happening right now and be amazed at what is around me. So at 10,000 feet in the air I decided to make a quick list of things that amaze me right now, in this moment.

1 – I have a beautiful wife who loves me unconditionally no matter how bad I fail.
2 – I have an 8 year old daughter who texted me last night to say “I love you daddy”.
3 – I spent a week working with my father in-law who is my dad, my friend, and my boss.
4 – I have a device in my pocket that I can use to see my family in a different province and buy a coffee at Starbucks. 
5 – I am freakin’ 10,000 feet in the air not wondering if I am going to fall and die. 

Right now, in this moment I feel happy, even excited because on AirCanada flight AC8587 from Saskatoon to Calgary I met somebody who reminded me to enjoy the moment because there are amazing things around me that I overlook everyday. 

It’s Valentines Day and I am about to go have dinner with my best friend and love of my life. It’s amazing because we setup dinner over radio waves 800 km apart, are going to drive there in a car that was made on a different continent, and enjoy food that doesn’t grow natively in Calgary.

The next time you are tearing down the runway, look out the window, take a moment to think about what is amazing in your life and enjoy that moment, right then!

I love you Kate, with all my heart, and am amazed that I get to spend the rest of my amazing moments with you. 

Happy Valentines Day!


Surfin’ Can Build Your Credibility

There aren’t a lot of things that can affect a customer’s initial impression of who you are quite like your website, including a lack of one. Your website is often the first interaction you have with a potential customer or employee and it requires a shift in thinking to make a great first impression. Relying on your sales team or customer service reps to provide you with a positive first impression isn’t all that is required anymore. In fact, a person calling you or stopping by to check you out has probably already made a decision to do or not do so based on their impression from seeing you online. At Impact Group, we understand the importance of making a good first impression, which is why building an online portfolio for your company is not something we take lightly. We work hard to understand who you are and what you want to say to customers to make their decision to become a customer easy. We also make sure you are setup for the future by providing solutions that have user-friendly content management systems, interfaces, and mobile browser options.

Here are a few of our websites and key features that we are particularly proud of:
Massive Data Management & Map Plotting Interface
Interactive Dealer Locator
Single-Page Design, Responsive Functionality
Integrated Market Data & News Feed, Browser Aware Mobile Site

For more information about us visit We look forward to helping you build your brand and credibility online. Until then, surf’s up!


200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

A friend showed me the following video describing the 200 year history of world health and wealth. Interesting food for thought. Here is the video info and link.

“Instead of studying history for one year at the university, you can watch this video for less than five minutes.
Income per person (GDP per capita) is adjusted for inflation and for differences in costs of living (purchasing power) across countries. You can play with the data yourself in Gapminder World.
This is a short clip from the longer film The Joy of Stats ©Wingspan Productions for BBC, 2010.”