David A. West

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

2008 Calgary Extreme Office Technology Makeover

ekzact Solutions is pleased to be participating as a technology sponsor the the 2008 Calgary Extreme Office Technology Makeover. Organized by Stuart Crawford of IT Matters, Calgary’s leader in technology consulting and services, the Technology Makeover event is launching on Friday to correlate with the start of “Small Business Week” in Calgary.

“IT Matters would like to announce the launch of our 2008 Calgary Extreme Office Technology Makeover contest. This event will see one lucky Calgary Small Business win $50,000 in new technology and support from IT Matters and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. This contest is open to all small businesses throughout the city of Calgary who feel it is time for a change on how they use technology inside their business.”

With great sponsorship from:

DELL Canada
Microsoft Canada
Kapsersky Lab
itControl Suite
Research in Motion
eKzact Solutions
Clearpath SEO
Abcan Audio Visual and
many more great sponsors

The winning Calgary small business will have the ultimate small business computer network and business solution to drive them forward in 2009.

Solutions ranging from:

Windows Small Business Server 2008 (officially to be launched Nov 12, 2008)
Windows Vista
Office Professional 2007
DELL Vostro Workstations
DELL PowerEdge Servers
Syspine Response Point Telephone Systems
Internet Security and Spam Filtering technologies
Website Overhaul and Search Engine Optimization package

The Extreme Office Technology Makeover contest will bring one lucky Calgary Small Business into the modern era of technology. Flyers are available today. For complete rules and to enter, visit our website at

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I’ll see you at the Chamber on Friday!

Cheers –
David A. West

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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