David A. West

Senior Internet Consultant & Professional Speaker

Canadian Social Media Advisor & Search Engine Strategist


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Crowsnest Pass Video

Friday, October 17th, 2008

I did a little video shoot last weekend in the Crowsnest Pass then did a quick slice and dice edit. Here it is.

I’ve been a bad blogger lately, we have been hugely busy these last few weeks… no excuses – I will blog this weekend.

I hope you enjoyed the video.

David A. West

What Happens If the Workers Bees Don’t Get Honey…

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

If the worker bees don’t get honey, the Queen bee will perish. Worker bees are responsible for everything that happens in the hive. They make the comb where the honey is stored and eggs are laid. Why am I thinking about bees again? Bees make a great metaphoric lead into interesting topics like employee and employer relationships. Plus, the last time I wrote about Bees in my blog, It brought a lot of visitors… who would have thought there was so much interest in bees.

Take Two…with a few word changes;

If the employees don’t get things done, the Company will perish. Workers are responsible for everything that gets done in an organization. They deliver the products or services and add the creative flash that makes your business what it is. Workers that regret or resent their employment do not contribute… your clients will feel their dissatisfaction.

As our business evolves we add resources to ensure that we can deliver the services that we sell. In our business of web design and development, our number one resource is people. I have been a people manager for most of my adult life. At one point in my career I had a dozen direct reports who helped me coordinate and manage a team of nearly 400 personnel on 24 hour shifts.

I can’t imagine managing people without these thoughts;

  • recognize and appreciate each individual persons strengths
  • forgive their weakness (if it doesn’t impact your business negatively)
  • be flexible, not everyone has a good day every day
  • value the things your people have learned and recognize that starting over with a replacement is more difficult than coaching the employee you already have
  • the time we put into growing skills in our people is priceless
  • give regular feedback, be honest, honesty should not be hurtful
  • feedback has to include positive remarks

Back to Bees… the bees all work together to fill up the comb. Each individual has to contribute.

How do you work with people. Have I missed any important points in my list above? I am sure I have… share your thoughts.

Have you seen the Part Machine buses running around?

Tell me your thoughts on this… I would love to see your comment added below.

Cheers -
David A. West

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A Childhood Wish Fulfilled

Friday, September 5th, 2008

For as long as I can remember, and my Mother can confirm this, I have wanted to drive a bus. Until today I haven’t had that opportunity. I always thought that driving a bus would be pretty cool.  

….hey, there are pictures here… read more.

Tom Malin of Party Machine, a great client of ours, popped by for coffee this morning. He brought with him the most magnificent party machine you can image. Tom described it as his “baby”. He re-built, painted it and finished the interior. Tom’s hands touched every bit of this baby! You will be impressed when you see a Party Machine drive by… wait until you see the inside! The inside is as cool as the outside! Too cool actually.

I put some pics to the right… see Tom Malin in the lower left and the eKzact Smart car in the lower right!

Enter the “British Bus”! Look out Austin Powers.

So, today Tom facilitated my wish to drive a bus. After an orientation and a small safety chat, I got behind the wheel and off we went. Grind, grind… Tom was very forgiving as I got the feel for the manual transmission. What great fun! I learned that it is legal for me to drive the bus with a class 5 license when there are no passengers. Rest assured that Tom’s drivers are all professionals.

If you are planning a family reunion, bachelor party, stagette or want to organize your own corporate event then you need to talk to Tom. Choose from the Tiger Bus, The Zebra Bus, The British Bus or if you want something luxurious, ask about stretch limo’s! Party Machine is a true home grown success. Check them out here…

Thanks so much Tom. I can hardly wait for my next lesson.

Have you seen the Part Machine buses running around?  

Tell me your thoughts on this… I would love to see your comment added below.

Cheers -
David A. West

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Some of David's Clients

  • Cir Realty
  • Canada Mortgage Network
  • Canasa
  • Calgary Residential