1st Annual Kaizen Round Table House Boating Trip

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to give a few details on our first ever Kaizen Round Table House boating trip. Leighann and I flew out to Toronto on July 22nd and were picked up by our great friends Paul and Tara Ferrusi.  We than drove up to Bobcaygeon and the Kawartha Lakes.  After getting to Bobcaygeon we headed to the grocery store and loaded up on food.  We than got dropped off at Happy Days Houseboats on Piggott Lake and began to unload our stuff into the kitchen and bedroom of our luxury house boat.  Captains were chosen for each one of the house boats, Wayne MacNamara was to captain his boat and Terry Franks for ours.  We then met Frank (Owner of Happy Days) and he gave us the run down of everything we needed to know about our boat.  Then came the practicing of docking the boats and getting use to the controls, Wayne and Terry were naturals from the get go.  We stayed at the dock the first night as the rest of our party came throughout the night. IMG_1720

The next morning we set sail for Wolf Island, which is a 3 hour steam from the dock.  We got to go through the Locks systems in the Trent waterways. Trent Waterways was founded in 1833 and today have 44 Locks and 39 Swing Bridges.  It was really cool going through the Locks as we watched the water lower and rise depending on the lake we were entering.Image 2

As we entered Lower Buckhorn Lake we decided to head for Deer Bay and try out the Blob. This is where things became interesting. As we blew it up, all we really could go by was the video from my last post on how to use it.  So Claude jumped in the water and tied it to the boat.  All we could do next was use trial and error method to launch people off the blob.  The first day we set it up it was in the middle of the boat and we tried to jump from the top of the boat and catch our balance on the blob, then crawl out the end. Vary few made this happen, but the one that did make it out got launched at 14 – 16 feet high. That was just enough to entice us to try again in Day 2.IMG_1723

We then docked on Wolf Island for the night were a had an amazing supper.  After we got everything cleaned up after supper we all went out by the fire and got to share in the vision of our Life businesses. It was an amazing night that we got to share with the top Leaders in Kaizen.IMG_1737

Each boat had a designated couple that would cook breakfast and supper for the boat.  These were also a highlight of our trip, the food was incredible and we definitely were never left hungry.  Scott Staley went fishing and even landed a great size pike for supper, even thou there wasn’t any takers.

We talked all night and PDCA our lack of progress with the blob and day 2 was better. On this day we tied the blob to the side but now it was at the back of the boat and we could hop on from the lower level and crawl out to the end.  Their was a few small injuries on day 1 that limited the number of people willing to give it an attempt.  The best for me from the day was this video of Denis Leger doing a complete flip in the air. Enjoy.

Day three’s plan was for us to steam over to Big Island to camp for the night.  This would take a big chunk of our day, so we got up at the crack of 8am started breakfast and wanted to be on the water by 9 at the latest.  As we pushed our boat off the island and started to set sail, we noticed our second boat was floating towards the shallow rocks.  At that very moment we heard the sound of metal grinding against rocks.  Come to find out they had hit the rock pretty hard while backing up.  Claude got them to shut their engine off, we then used our boat to pull them to the middle of the lake to assess the damages.  As you can see by the picture they broke the propeller pretty good.  Happy Days come to our rescue with a new propeller that arrived by speed boat a few hours later. ImageWe had a few hours to kill waiting for the propeller so we decided to throw the anchors down and play a few games.  The ladies on one boat and the men on the other.    Once we installed the new propeller we decided to get our last day of blobing in.  This was by far the best day.  It was like we were dialed in.  A little less air in the blob,  and we were hitting new heights.  A couple of high lights from the blob was watching Terry Franks jump on the blob and fight his way out to the end (which was the toughest part) then get launched.  Another impressive moment was watching my wife Leighann attempt 2 times to make it out to the end without success and getting catch in the rope both times, then attempting a third time with success.  This is a picture of Leighann above the tree line, one of the highest launches of the weekend.

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As we finally got under way to Big Island we were told that the Locks close at 4:30pm.  This meant that we wouldn’t make it thru Lock 31 in time to get to Big Island for the night.  We then found a marina while looking for a few supplies and fireworks.  They didn’t have a lot to choose from and didn’t have any fireworks.  They told us about this amazing location where we could dock close by for the night and even had two guys come out on a zodiac to make sure we found the right spot.  It was the best location by far, our own private island on a quiet lagoon. IMG_1746They then took Joce into town by zodiac and picked up some fireworks and came back.  We started a fire and ate supper.  As it got dark we began setting up for the fireworks.  Claude cleared the ground for the set up of the fire works and he got me to light them off.   We had the ladies stay on the top of the boat while us men set up a truly awesome firework display.  Here is a short video of the fireworks.

The end of the night concluded with all of us gathered around the camp fire talking about the next 12 – 24 months and the strategy we are going to use.

The last day we got up bright and early at 9am and steam back to the Happy Days dock.   As an added bonus Claude decided to meet all of us at The Keg for a closing out supper which is one of my favorite places to eat.  Thanks for an awesome meal pal.

I want to say a special thanks to Claude and Lana Hamilton for helping set this week up and for supper at The Keg, also to Wayne and Raylene MacNamara for finding the house boats and organizing the costs.  Also thanks to Terry and Anne Franks and Jean and Tammie Belenger for being amazing  boat mates. Also like to say congratulations to Joce and Cynthia Dionne, Denis and Lisa Leger, Scott Staley, and Stuart & Carrianne Hall for all being part of the first official Kaizen house boating trip.  What ever you do run hard and be at next years trip, this was an unforgettable 5 days.  If you were part of this round table trip or someone who would like to comment feel free at the bottom of the page.

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson
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LIFE And The KAIZEN Explosion

Hey Everyone, I just wanted to repost this awesome post by Claude Hamilton. You have to watch these 2 videos and see whats in store for all the Kaizen leaders. Lets made it so Claude has to buy those flyboards. Its going to be awesome!!!

Enjoy,

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

LIFE SEMINARS

This is seminar weekend coming up and as I look at the lineup of speakers across the country, I am very excited for everyone. The LIFE speakers we have are exceptional and we don’t put people on stage who don’t have a great growing business. So whatever location you are at, you can rest assured that you have an amazing speaker.

Wayne MacNamara and Joce Dionne are two of my favorite speakers. I obviously am biased as they are also huge leaders on the KAIZEN team.

The LIFE Business is Awesome

Since LIFE started, every organization we have has grown. Although the LIFE opportunity is not dialed in as awesome as we want it to be yet, for only being a bit over 1 year old, it’s growing like crazy.  It’s an unbelievable feeling to watch people start up a business for less then the cost of a tank of gas, to watch them build a community AND have awesome high quality, great priced products to market. To build a profitable business that makes a difference in their lives, not just in money and time but in all the 8 F’s.

KAIZEN 20

I’m super proud of all the Kaizen teams; you guys are just crazy good at what you do! Kaizen has a goal to break 20  LIFE Coordinators this year. We call it KAIZEN 20. Anyone who is qualified as a LIFE Coordinator by July will all be going House Boating!

I am including a video of something that looks like a blast to do when we go house boating! Its called the “blob” and I just think if myself and Wayne MacNamara jump off the roof of a houseboat onto a Blob….we can launch Joce Dionne so high that we break a world record!!!

I invite all Kaizen Coordinators to come house boating. Any Coordinators by December will be invited to go snowmobiling in Northern Quebec for New Years! Everyone remembers how Kaizen performed in the KCB campaign – we aren’t competing with anyone this time, we are just setting the standard and raising the bar.

I have set a personal goal based on the Kaizen 20. If we succeed in helping 20 new Coordinators break in Kaizen, I am going to purchase 2 Flyboards to use on the lake I live on. Maybe we will call them the Coordinator Flyboards and only make them available to be used by LIFE coordinators!! Here is a video how much fun we can have on these Flyboards!  Maybe all the Coordinators can come with me to take the Flyboard course, we would have an awesome time!
Fight Fiercely

Claude

Winter Leadership Convention is around the corner!!

Hey Everyone, It’s that time a year again. The Winter Leadership Convention is almost here. This is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable conventions in history.  I will be attending the Ottawa, Ontario convention that takes place on the weekend of Jan 25-27, 2013. The Ottawa convention is 1 of three regional going on in January.  We are so pleased to have Orrin and Laurie WoodwardClaude and Lana Hamilton and Dan and Lisa Hawkins all in Ottawa.  These weekends are designed to help people see the big picture in what the LIFE Community is all about.  I started going to these conventions over 4 years ago and havent missed one since.  Here is a short video to see a small climes into what a convention weekend looks like.

What are some of your favorite moments from conventions past?

Hope to see ya in Ottawa ;-)

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

 

 

 

LIFE Business: 2013 One Time Cash Awards (OTCA’s)

Hello 2013, This is so amazing I had to let everyone know about the updated One Time Cash Awards. 2012 was an amazing year with over 1,800,000 million dollars given away in OTCA’s and Free Trips. It was such a fantastic year that the LIFE business was way ahead of progress that they had to go ahead and add an extra $302,000 dollars to the OTCA’s program. Thanks you so much to Claude Hamilton, Orrin Woodward and the rest of the LIFE Founders for truly making this the best opportunity on the planet.

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2013 One Time Cash Awards Program

In keeping our promise to help you Live the Life You’ve Always Wanted, we are pleased to present the annual One Time-Cash Awards (OTCA’s) that any LIFE Member can earn. Each fiscal year, which corresponds to the calendar year, LIFE will announce the criteria for achieving the annual OTCA’s. Each OTCA can be achieved only once per year, but more than one of the OTCA’s be earned each year.

Eligibility

To be eligible for One-Time Cash Awards, the only requirement in addition to achieving the ranks detailed below is to generate at least 200 Personal/Customer PV each and every month of the rank qualification. For new Members, this should begin with your first, second, or third month in business. For example, if a Member’s LIFE enrollment date is June 12, he or she would start in June, July, or August.

If a Member does not generate at least 200 Personal/Customer PV in any month for which he or she is on track for an OTCA, then that Member is no longer eligible for that particular OTCA. But the Member can immediately start tracking toward the next OTCA by generating at least 200 Personal/Customer PV the following month or any subsequent month.

Below are the ranks and respective OTCA’s for 2013:

Leader 6

Receives $3,000

This means you have to qualify as a Leader for six months out of the year with at least three months in a row.  There are two ways you can qualify as a Leader.

  1. Have a total of 15,000 PV or more with no downline Members with 15,000 points or
  2. If you do have downline Member with 15,000 PV in your 1st team, you must have 6,000 PV outside of your first Team, which includes all outside Teams, personal volume and customer volume.

Leader 12

Receives $12,000 (Up from $8,000 in 2012)

This means you would have to start qualifying in January, so you can qualify for all twelve months of the year.

Coordinator 6

Receives $6,000 (Up from $4,000 in 2012)

Coordinator 12

Receives $15,000 (Up from $10,000 in 2012)

 Sr. Coordinator 6

Receives $15,000 (Up from $10,000 in 2012)

Sr .Coordinator 12

Receives $25,000

Life Coach 6

Receives $50,000 (Up from $30,000 in 2012)

Life Coach 12

Receives $100,000 (Up from $80,000 in 2012)

Executive Life Coach 6

Receives $100,000 (Up from $50,000 in 2012)

Executive Life Coach 12

Receives $150,000 (Up from $125,000 in 2012)

Double Life Coach 6

Receives $150,000 (Up from $75,000 in 2012)

Double Life Coach 12

receives $200,000

Triple Life Coach 6

Receives $200,000 (Up from $100,000 in 2012)

Triple Life Coach 12

Receives $250,000

Important information…

As you move up through the ranks during the fiscal year, you can accumulate the bonuses for more than one rank.

EXAMPLE:Let’s say you qualified as a Leader in January. Then you continue qualifying throughout the entire year, but in July you also move up to the rank of Coordinator and remain there through the end of the year (thereby hitting Coordinator for 6 months). In this case, you would accumulate three OTCA’s: $3,000 for Leader 6, $12,000 for Leader 12, and $6,000 for Coordinator 6. Your total OTCA’s for the fiscal year, on top of all your other monthly LIFE bonuses, would, therefore, be $21,000!

This all means that January is a hugely important month for you! If you can attain at least the rank of Leader, you are setting yourself up for some big bucks for the fiscal year! So set some goals now! Get to work, hit those volume levels, and start earning the LIFE You’ve Always Wanted! It’s here!

This is really amazing. In 2012, we received $11,000 dollars in OTCA’s and just looking forward at 2013 we have $36,000 dollars on the table. I hope you figure out what’s on the table for you and capture it.

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

Alex Nickerson on Life and Leadership:

Hey Guys, Here is a post by Dan Hawkins about the up comming weekend in Columbus, Ohio. It is going to be so exciting, do whatever you can to get there!

Originally posted on Dan Hawkins Leadership and Life:

We are getting so close to the big weekend in Ohio! The-team.biz will be hosting the LIFE Spring Leadership convention at the end of the month and you do not want to miss it.

All of the LIFE founders will be in attendance and the place will be electric. We are headed for our best year ever and the LIFE founders are making it even better. We are going to announce and explain some new incentives and rewards rolled into the LIFE compensation plan along with a new program to improve your mental fitness and challenge you and your team to work together for a common reward!

Get yourself and your team to Ohio, it will be a weekend you will never forget!

God bless, Dan Hawkins

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Turbo 25s – Family Values

Hey everyone, I am excited to announce this next couple. I met Gerry and Kim Kennie a few years ago and one of the first things that stood out to me was how close of a family they were. Gerry and Kim have four kids Laura, Jordan, Chad, and Stuart. It was very impressive to get to know their kids and see how mature they all were and the values that they all had. I have heard on many occasions that children are a reflection of their parents and in this case they totally are.  I can’t wait for Gerry and Kim to put out a cd on parenting and rasing kids in todays wild world.  Here is a picture of the Kennie Family.

The Kennies – Stuart, Chad, Gerry, Kim, Laura, and Jordan

I just want to say congratulations to this couple for their mental fitness and also for rising to the challenge of becoming a Turbo 25.  They just got to enjoy a trip down to florida where they spend a day hanging out with friends at Orrin and Laurie Woodward’s estate in Port St. Lucie. This is just the beginning for Gerry and Kim Kennie as they are one of the couples leading the charge to help people in and around their communities. Leighann and I are super proud to know the Kennie family and look forward to many more years of friendship and business success.  If you know the Kennie family and they have made an impact on your life in anyways please feel free to leave a comment on the bottom.

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

Turbo 25 – Sandra Saunders – Chasing Freedom

Hows everyone doing today? Absolutely incredible I hope. Here is my next post about one of the up and coming leaders out of Nova Scotia, Canada. Her name is Sandra Saunders and she is all the way from Shubenacadie, NS.

Sandra SaundersLeighann and I have watched Sandra excel when she is focused and running for a goal. She is one of the best at asking the right questions and is not afraid of criticism. Sandra was recognized at the March Seminar for going Turbo 25 and Team 100, which means she has an organization of at least 100 people in it, of which a minimum of 25 people being in second community. She has a big dream and a huge heart for people.  Be prepared to see Sandra on this blog a lot.

Sandra has been a huge inspiration to many women as she builds her LIFE business as a single.  She is married to her husband Paul and has three great kids Alex,  Krystin and Andrew as well as a 1-year-old grandson named Kayden.

Sandra qualifies for the trip to Florida to hang out with Orrin and Laurie Woodward on March 25th, 2012.

Stay tuned for updates on the Florida trip and all the fun and excitement in the coming weeks.

Congratulations again Sandra. We are excited to see what 2012 brings for you and your community.

If anyone knows Sandra personality and she has made an impact in your life, please leave a comment at the bottom and like this post. ;-)

All the best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

Turbo 25s – Changing Lives – Brett & Sheralee MacEwan

Hey Everyone, here is another great success story coming out of LIFE! We are just getting started and are looking forward to showing the world what a compensated community is capable of! It is amazing just 4 months into our LIFE careers the amount of success happening all over North America. Over the next few week I will be introducing you to the next set of leaders coming out of Nova Scotia.

To start off my series of leaders, here is a couple all the way from Carroll’s Corner, Nova Scotia. Brett & Sheralee MacEwan have achieved the level of Turbo 25, which means they are leading a minimum of 50 people in multiple communities throughout Nova Scotia. They were recognized in front of 350 people here in Halifax last weekend and are well on their way to Turbo 50.  Leighann and I are so proud of these two and all the people they are helping better their lives in their communities.

The MacEwan’s – Brett, Sheralee, Matthew, Justin, Cody

They also have qualified to spend a day down in Florida with Orrin and Laurie Woodward on March 25th. Life keeps getting better and better for these two. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see them back up here in the next few months.

Alex & Leighann with Laurie Woodward – Port Saint Lucie, Florida

If you know this couple and they have made an impact on your live in any way, please leave a comment on the bottom and tell us your story ;-)

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

Go Carting at its Finest!!!! – Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Promotion

Claude & ‘Action’ Jaxon

I have to begin by saying thank you to Claude Hamilton and Orrin Woodward for putting Leighann and I in a position to take advantage of such an amazing business called LIFE. After just three and a half years of joining them in business, I would never have imagined being at this point in my life, with the friends I have met and the experiences I have had. Thank you both for all that you do to ensure people in North America have a chance to succeed in LIFE.

Orrin & Alex

Here is a post about the awesome adventure we had with the group of people we took to Kartbahn the other night.  This is another example about the FRIENDS and FUN we have in building communities of people. We ran a promotion for anyone on our team in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick.  Those who qualified were invited to join us at Kartbahn Indoor Karting.  We were organized into four groups of racers.  Each group would have a practice race, than a qualifying race.  After the qualifying race the top 8 qualifiers for the females and the top 8 for the males raced in two final races for the championship trophies.

Kartbahn Indoor Karting

The practice and qualifying sessions were Fast and Furious.  As you can see in the picture there are many tight corners and barricades.  Many racers ended up in the walls.  The postitive side to this was that each cart had a reverse gear to keep the flow of traffic moving.  Everyone had 2 chances to get their fastest lap times.  The strategy was to clear your path of other racers and be able to make a full lap with no one in your way.  The top 8 fastest laps were chosen to determine the final race.  Here are the fastest qualifiers for the women.

Sue Thorne Takes the Pole

  1. Sue Thorne                    23.299     
  2. Karen Dauphinee        23.349
  3. Krista Packer                23.409
  4. Julie MacDonald         23.467
  5. Heidi Brown                  23.604
  6. Kim Kennie                   23.989
  7. Sandra Saunders          24.226
  8. Sheralee MacEwan       24.240
  9. Danielle Bercier           24.301
  10. April Munro                   25.132
  11. Christine Dulong         25.738
  12. Harlene Wiseman        26.317 

Jason Brown Takes the Pole

Here are the fastest qualifiers for the men.

  1. Jason Brown                 22.081
  2. Mike Bercier                 22.247
  3. Alex Nickerson            22.338
  4. Lewis Thibault            22.478
  5. Brock Yeaton                22.607
  6. Stephen Vessey            22.636
  7. Ross Thorne                  22.808
  8. Gerry Kennie                22.868
  9. Craig Cole                      23.034
  10. Kevin Dulong               23.049
  11. Trevor MacDonald       23.097
  12. Jim Withers                  23.105
  13. John Patterson             23.181
  14. Kris Kitchin                  23.304
  15. Robin Olsen                  23.454
  16. Ken Charsley                23.551
  17. Brett MacEwan             23.601
  18. David Finley                23.823
  19. Steven Wiseman         24.306

After 8 rounds of karting we were ready for the finals.  The finals are a different style of race.  It was a Grand Prix style race were the top 8 drivers line up and start as the green flag is dropped.  Then it is the driver who finishes 12 laps first that wins the trophy.

The Finals – 1. J.Brown 2. M.Bercier 3. A.Nickerson 4. L.Thibault 5. B. Yeaton 6. S. Vessey 7. R. Thorne     8. G. Kennie

Congratulations to Sue Thorne as she took the women final by never losing her pole position right to the end.   We saw some pretty aggressive driving…. but in the end it was Sue on top.  She had her victory lap with the checkered flag.  Way to go Sue!

Here is a video of the final race, Sue Thorne was invited to join the men’s race in the final position.  If you look at the final print out it shows Sue Thorne took the championship, but if you look at the video you can tell she had a little help.  Matt (one of the owners of Kartbahn) was able to control the final race with a handheld remote.  He was able to control the speed of any car with a push of a button.  For example, I started out strong and looking to take it all from third place, but finished dead last.  Here’s how it all shook down, I was originally in third and quickly took the inside to gain second over Mike Bercier.  My race came to an end at the 4:23 mark of the video after Bercier tried to regain second by taking the inside lane around a sharpe corner.  It was at this moment that I had two options.  I could go wide and give up second or I could close the door by putting him into the wall.  And you all know I wasn’t giving up second ;-). We were told that if their was any intentional bumping that you would be slowed down and that is exactly what happened.  After a few more laps, time seemed to stand still as every car was slowed down except Sue Thorne.  She flew by everyone in seconds, it was pretty cool to watch.

When everything was said and done and the dust cleared, it was Jason Brown on top for the men with a pretty impressive day at the race track.  Way to go Jason!  Above are 2 pictures of Jason and Sue with their 1st place trophies.  Overall we had a ton of fun with the guys from Kartbahn and everyone had a blast.  Stay tuned for more fun with friends on the life team.

Kaizen Dynasty & Kaizen Freedom Chasers

Congradulations to all the Quilfiers: Jason & Heidi Brown, Mike & Danielle Bercier, Lewis & Heather Thibault, Brock & Krista Yeaton, Stephen & Katrina Vessey, Ross & Sue Thorne, Gerry & Kim Kennie, Craig Cole, Kevin & Christine Dulong, Trevor & Julie MacDonald, Jim & Karen Withers, John Patterson & Karen Dauphinee, Kris & Jennifer White, Robin Olsen & April Munro, Ken & Gloria Charsley, Brett & Sheralee MacEwen, Patrick & Alicia Pilon, David & Val Findlay, Sandra Saunders, and Steve & Harlene Wiseman.

Thanks again to all the directors that put this event on it was a huge success.  If you were part of the activities and wanted to share your perspective on the days events, that would be awesome.  Just leave a comment at the bottom.

All the Best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

Laser Tag Anyone – Ontario Promotion

Here is a little bit of the FRIENDS and FUN aspect to our business. I was in Niagara Falls, Ontario last weekend with a bunch of business owners that qualified for a laser tag promotion. We went down to Dave and Busters and rented their laser tag facility for 2 rounds of laser tag.  The first round was to get use to the game and learn a strategy. The second round was for all the marbles, one game, winner takes all.

Is that Rambo?

Paul Ferrusi took the first round hands down. He was the clear favorite going into round 2. I must admit that after round 1 and seeing my results of 10th place, I knew that the second round was going to tough.  The winner would be someone who learned from their mistakes and adjusted their strategy and execute it to the letter. Who would be victorious and carry all bragging rights? Who would step out from the crowd and raise to legendary status in the game of Laser Tag?

Round 2 was a totally different round then the first one.  You could tell that many people had set their sights on Ferrusi and stopping him at all cost.  Could this have been someone strategy the whole time? Let someone else take the first round and put all eyes on them? Ferrusi strategy in round 1 was to run the whole time and shoot as you go. Did that work in round 2? Would he come out on top again?