Manifast Your Business 2017-05-26T21:31:49+00:00

The ManifastTM Business System For Sustainable Growth

The ManifastTM Business System for Sustainable Growth (MBS) is a customizable and flexible framework of tools, best practices, processes and training materials that help businesses transform from surviving to thriving, sustainable growth. It is about taking your strategy all the way through to implementation and getting results.

There are three main components to the ManifastTM Business System:

  • The Four Foundation Tracks
    • Results Focused Strategy
    • Marketing and Sales
    • High Performing Teams
    • Engaging Profit and Innovation
  • Two Specialty Tracks
    • High Growth
    • Business Transition
  • The Manifast Software Tool

Why It Matters

We all know we are supposed to be working on the business and not just in it. For most small and mid-sized business owners accomplishing that is harder than saying the words because we don’t have all of the knowledge, skills and talents to do everything well.

Even the concept is somewhat loosely defined. The resulting uncertainty falls into two categories of questions:

  • What does working on my business mean?
  • How much should I work on my business?

So a number of years ago we set out to answer these questions. We read a lot of books, took courses, hired coaches, attended workshops, talked to entrepreneurs, etc.

The answer turns out to be “It depends.”

So we created the ManifastTM Business System for Sustainable Growth (MBS) to help businesses figure out the answers that matter to them, because “it depends” is just not that helpful.

For a company leader, manager, or consultant, having everyone on the same page and your finger on the pulse is vital to your ability to focus on people and progress instead of projects and tasks. After 20 years as a manager, consultant, and coach, all I can say is I wish Manifast had been available “back when.” There is no business need or process that they have not addressed and simplified in this tool.”
Dixie Gillaspie, Coach/Consultant and author of Just Blow It Up: Firepower for Living an Unlimited Life

The Four Foundation Tracks

The four foundation tracks apply to just about any business or non-profit organization.

Results Focused Strategy

Putting together a puzzle

The most successful companies can consistently execute on strategy. Great execution of an idea always wins versus great ideas that are poorly executed. Get clarity on where your business is going and how to get there. Then move quickly, take action, hold the team accountable and achieve the results you are capable of.

Sales and Marketing

Business people shaking hands

Sales are the lifeblood of any business. You must be able to attract and convert your qualified leads into paying, profitable clients. Acquiring clients is expensive so you need to retain them long-term, serve them as well as possible and ultimately create raving fans who will refer new business to you. This takes the right skills, training and a relentless focus on improvement.

High Performing Teams

A group of people working

Companies that focus on culture, value and a shared mission tend to consistently outperform their competitors in the market. Yet most business owners hire for skills first and fit second. Get this right and then provide the training, skills, coaching and mentoring to set them up for success. High performing teams bounce back from challenges faster and win more often.

Engaging Profit

Working with heavy duty machinary

For most small and mid-sized businesses, only the owner and maybe a few key people in the leadership team are focused on revenue and more importantly, profitability. That is stressful and unnecessary. The trick is to give your entire team the knowledge, skills and tools to mind the shop and then reward them when they get it right. Small improvements add up to big impact over time.

The Two Specialty Tracks

The two speciality tracks are focused on two very distinct business challenges driven by the objectives of the business owners.

High Growth

Looking through binoculars

In order for a company to go from slow and steady growth to rapid growth or scaling you need to shift the mindset and culture. What worked at 20 people won’t work at 400 or 1000. You need to remove any key person dependencies and then put systems in place to ensure the company can grow while maintaining its culture and ability to respond and innovate.

Business Transition

Two couples toasting

No one will pay top dollar for a business that is just a job. Whether you are going to sell your business, transition to a family member or cut your hours way back, the key is to set your business up to maximize success. This means removing key person dependencies and putting systems in place to ensure the business can run predictably and profitably without you.

The ManifastTM Software Tool

When you create a business software tool you are forced to understand the underlying business problems and solutions in great depth. A big goal is to make the tool as simple as possible to use while not restricting the power of the tool to be useful in the real world.

One of the most powerful benefits from using the tool is that you get all of the experience and best practices applied to your business, without have to become a full-fledged expert in the underlying theory and details.

The Manifast software tool will help your organization learn, apply, and build a great business.

  • Strategy – Build, plan and execute a winning strategy.
  • Working on the Business – Build a great company that runs with or without you.
  • Develop Your Team – Ensure your people have the knowledge, skills and experience required to succeed in a complex and changing role.
  • A Learning Organization – Increase engagement and change success by involving your entire team in the brainstorming, planning and execution.
  • Accountability – Delegate, measure and hold your team accountable for business results.
  • Projects and Time Tracking – The ability to work on team projects and track time across the organization.
  • Value Pipeline – Conceive, build, market and sell great products and services.
  • Visibility and Team Communication – Communicate everything from your overall core strategy down to the details of execution. Ensure your team is always operating from the same playbook.
  • Collaboration – Your team will always know who is responsible for what, and what needs to get done via projects, outcomes and tasks.
  • Most Important Work – Ensure that the most important work for your business, long and short-term, gets the right amount of focus by everyone on the team.
  • Cloud Based – You can access it anywhere and have no infrastructure to install or manage.

You can use the ManifastTM software tool by itself or with the rest of the ManifastTM Business System for Sustainable Growth and related services.

Screenshot of the Manifast Tool

Transform Your Business to Sustainable Growth

Our goal at Sunwapta Solutions is to help you create a thriving business that can sustainably keep growing. Some of the ways we use the ManifastTM Business System for Sustainable Growth with our clients:

  • Managed Services – We partner with you and your teams to take on a business function or project and focus on the results that matter to you.
  • Business Intensives – We cover one or more of our tracks in a mix of training, workshops, facilitation, coaching and consulting over a period of 3-6 months to ensure the learning and changes become the new corporate habits. At the end of the engagement the goal is to have your organization executing the results consistently on its own.
  • Facilitated Growth Packages – We don’t like to play in boxes so our packages consist of coaching, consulting and some services so we can truly help you grow your business. We draw the supporting materials and systems from the 4 Foundation Tracks and 2 Specialty Tracks.
  • Group Workshops – Ranging from half a day to several days, these are a great way to go through the 6 Tracks in a group environment. Led by a qualified instructor you also benefit from the ideas and experience of the group mastermind.
  • Speaker Series – We bring together 3 or more speakers on a theme and you get to learn from numerous industry experts and business owners. These are also a great networking opportunity.
  • Seminars and Webinars – Shorter events that focus on quick lessons you can apply right away.
  • Facilitation – You can increase your engagement, participation rates and results by having an external person lead and facilitate your next strategy or problem solving session.
  • Speakers – Ranging from 30 minutes to several hours we can put together a presentation or workshop for your event. We focus on actionable mindset and learning for business owners, entrepreneurs, leaders and teams.

Grizzly bear catching fish and getting results

“Good, practical thought-provoking workshop that left me energized to become more focused on developing a sales system rather than ‘ad-hocing’ it each time out. I have homework!”
Richard Sherry, CEO, Minaris Bookkeeping Plus Inc.
“To run a business, you need to have and follow a solid sales process. In the sales workshop [Sunwapta] gave me that, and much, much more!”
Lorne McLash, Owner, Smack Cycles