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.
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.
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.
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.
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. We 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.
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. They 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.
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
Sue Thorne 23.299
Karen Dauphinee 23.349
Krista Packer 23.409
Julie MacDonald 23.467
Heidi Brown 23.604
Kim Kennie 23.989
Sandra Saunders 24.226
Sheralee MacEwan 24.240
Danielle Bercier 24.301
April Munro 25.132
Christine Dulong 25.738
Harlene Wiseman 26.317
Jason Brown Takes the Pole
Here are the fastest qualifiers for the men.
Jason Brown 22.081
Mike Bercier 22.247
Alex Nickerson 22.338
Lewis Thibault 22.478
Brock Yeaton 22.607
Stephen Vessey 22.636
Ross Thorne 22.808
Gerry Kennie 22.868
Craig Cole 23.034
Kevin Dulong 23.049
Trevor MacDonald 23.097
Jim Withers 23.105
John Patterson 23.181
Kris Kitchin 23.304
Robin Olsen 23.454
Ken Charsley 23.551
Brett MacEwan 23.601
David Finley 23.823
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.
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?
This is after the 2nd round, And the Winner Is?????
The top 5
1. Delta – Alex Nickerson - Fall River, Nova Scotia 11,925
2. Sarge – Brian Cameron - St. Catharines, Ontario 11,375
3. Nightwolf – Taylor Henderson - Niagara Falls, Ontario 10,000
4.Romeo - Jill Van Osch - Ridgeway, Ontario 9,625
5. Juliet – Tara Ferrusi - Port Colburne, Ontario 6,975
As you can see Paul Ferrusi didn’t even make it into the top 5 of the Winner takes all round. Love ya buddy ;-). I want to congratulate all the qualifiers who won the Promotion. Their dedication to helping people in their communities strive for excellence in their lives is paying off. The Qualifiers were: Paul & Tara Ferrusi, Greg & Stephanie Winger, Jay & Danielle Robbins, Taylor & Brandy Henderson, Brian & Nicole Cameron, Travis Stolk, Jill Van Osch, Jeff Van Lochem, Wilma Boers.
I can’t wait for my next trip back to Ontario to do another promotion and see who is up for the challenge. I will be adding all of our promotions and qualifiers to my blog on a monthly basis and keep everyone updated how much fun we are having and memories we are creating.
I would love to hear from all the qualifiers on how their day was at dave and busters and how they perceived the afternoon of laser tag, just hit the comment button on the bottom to leave your feedback.
Here are the newest Turbo 25′s on the Kaizen Dynasty LIFE team. This is a level in our business where there is a minimum of 25 people in 2 teams showing up to seminars and learning how to develop a stable, long-term community.
Lewis and Heather Thibault – Lakeview, Nova Scotia
This is an amazing achievement for this couple. This will allow Heather in the next few months to become a full-time stay-at-home mom. They are the first to qualify for Operation Advance, which is a trip to sunny Florida, to visit Universal Studios and spend a day at Orrin and Laurie Woodward’s house in March.
Orrin & Laurie Woodward’s house – Port Saint Lucie, Florida
LIFE just gets better and better. If you know this couple and they have had an impact on your life in any way, please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom. Stay tuned for more Turbo 25′s next month as Operation Advance moves into its next phase.
We just got back from an amazing and inspiring weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Here is an introductory video that my wife Leighann is in. This video explains a little about what we do on a daily basis to improve the lives of people in North America.
I would love to hear your feedback on this video. Also if you atteneded the weekend in Columbus, what was your favorite part? Who were your favorite speakers? What were the highlights for you?
Here are the Top 6 Directors of 2011 in moving information into their communities. These are the business owners that are spreading the right culture into their teams. They are moving community building information and teaching key success principles on how to develop a successful information aged business. I will be posting the top directors every 6 months, here they are in order for all of 2011.
#1 Steve & Harlene Wiseman – West Gore, Nova Scotia
#2 Paul & Tara Ferrusi - Port Colburne, Ontario
#3 Sandra Saunders – Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
These are the Top Directors for 2011, if you know them and they have made an impact on your life in any way, please leave a comment at the bottom to show your appreciation for them. I’m so proud of all these leaders, 2012 is going to be the year to remember. All the Best in LIFE, Alex Nickerson
Here it is, one of the greatest ways to get control of your finances in the next couple of years. I got this information off of the LIFE website, its going to be a fantastic year in business.
We said we would launch a company that would position itself in space never before occupied. We said we would deliver world class life-improvement materials. We said those materials would be the highest value products in their market. And finally, we said we’d make a pay plan that put 70% or more of total revenue into the field.
Friday night, in front of a live audience both in Lansing, Michigan and tuning in on video streaming from around the country, Orrin Woodward rolled out the One Time Cash Awards for the fiscal year 2012. This is sooner than we had once thought practical, but the founders of LIFE wanted to get these out as soon as possible so LIFE members could maximize their 2012 incomes. Here’s what LIFE members can earn when they hit the following levels for the first time during the 2012 fiscal year (which corresponds to the calendar year).Leader 6 – which is six months (with at least 3 in a row) as a qualified Leader (either 15,000 total PV if you have no one under you who is also at 15,000 or at least 6,000 total PV (including your outside legs, personal volume, and customer volume) outside of that first leg if someone in that first leg is at 15,000 or above) receives $3,000
Leader 12 (this means you would have to start qualifying in January) receives $8,000
Coordinator 6 receives $4,000
Coordinator 12 receives $10,000
Sr. Coordinator 6 receives $10,000
Sr. Coordinator 12 receives $25,000
Life Coach 6 receives $30,000
Life Coach 12 receives $80,000
Executive Life Coach 6 receives $50,000
Executive Life Coach 12 receives $125,000
Double Life Coach 6 receives $75,000
Double Life Coach 12 receives $200,000
Triple Life Coach 6 receives $100,000
Triple Life Coach 12 receives $250,000
These OTCA’s are an extra bonus we will announce each year.
The way to qualify for them is to take your December 2011 achievement as a baseline. For instance, if you hit Leader in December, then you can begin qualifying for the Leader OTCA’s in 2012. If you hit Coordinator in December of 2011, then you can begin qualifying for the Coordinator OTCA’s for 2012 (but not for any of the OTCA’s below that level). As you move up through the ranks during 2012, you can accumulate the bonuses.
EXAMPLE: Let’s say you qualify as a Leader in January 2012. Then you continue qualifying through the entire year, but in July you also move up to the Coordinator level and hold it 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, $8,000 for Leader 12, and $4,000 for Coordinator 6. Your total OTCA’s for 2012, on top of all your other monthly LIFE bonuses, would therefore be $15,000!
This all means that January is a hugely important month for you! If you can attain to at least the Leader level, you are setting yourself up for some big bucks in 2012!
So set some goals now! Get to work and start hitting those volume heights and earning for yourself the LIFE you’ve always wanted! It’s here!
“Today’s featured Life Founders are Claude and Lana Hamilton. The Hamilton’s home is one of the largest in their Canadian province, which isn’t shocking to me since they have one of the largest dreams in the province also. Neither Claude nor Lana come from wealth, so how did this young couple achieve so much with so little? Simply put, they joined a leadership community, learned principles that allowed them to rise to their potential, and acted upon it.” READ MORE!!!!!……..
This is an amazing article written by Orrin Woodward describing Claude and Lana Hamilton’s journey to the successful people they have developed into today. This is a must read for anyone who wants to know the true story of the Hamilton’s. Enjoy.
If the Hamilton’s have been an inspiration or have helped you in any way in your Life, please leave a comment and tell us how.
I want to say thank you to Orrin Woodward and Claude Hamilton for putting my wife and I in a position to watch and help people change their lives in this amazing environment called LIFE. Here are the next group of amazing leaders coming out of Canada.
I want to say congratulations to the following two couples for going out there and helping people better their lives in the 8 F’s. A Turbo 25 is the break through level in our business where you are leading and mentoring a group of a minimum of 50 people. This is a huge deal because who ever hits this level are sacrificing the short-term for long-term results. Super proud of these guys.
Trevor, Julie, Paige and Alyssa Macdonald
Congratulations to Trevor and Julie MacDonald, who are from Port Williams Nova Scotia
Congratulations to Paul and Tara Ferrusi, who are from Port Colburne Ontario
Both of these couples have set retirement dates in the next few months for their wives to come home and be full-time moms. It’s so exciting watching their goals and dreams come true because they were willing to go out there and do the work to make it happen. This is just the first of many post to come of families hitting new levels and changing lives.
If you know these two couples and they have made an impact on your life in any way, please leave a comment at the bottom.
I have been studying material which I have received through our LIFE business and have come across something I have been sharing with a lot of people in the past two weeks. I thought I would give a few examples on the levels of leadership. The following information has come from John Maxwell’s book, Developing the Leader Within You and his new book The 5 Levels of Leadership.
The 5 Levels of Leadership
This is the smallest form of leadership, which is usually followed up with a title. A lot of people think just because they have a great position at work or in a business that it makes them important and they can call themselves leaders. Most people who have a position are actually managers rather than leaders. This level of leadership is usually given to people rather than earned by their talents and abilities. People will not follow positional leaders any further than their title.
A great quote from Maxwell referring to this level of leadership is, “When the Leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.” I see this a lot in business where people find themselves wondering why they can’t move on. They say things like, “I have told everyone what to do,” or “My team won’t do anything.” Always remember, the speed of the team is the speed of the leader. One main reason why people get stuck at this level of leadership is they may have trouble developing meaningful relationships with people. In other words, people may not like you. The key to moving on here is developing your people skills and learning to genuinely care for other people.
This a level where people will give you permission to lead them based on your relationship. The saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” applies here. The deeper, more solid relationships you have, the longer you’re able to lead someone. You can love people without leading them, but you can’t lead people without loving them. Just because you care about someone doesn’t mean you’re able to lead them.
A lot of times people get stuck here in business because they have a hard time getting to the next level of leadership, which is performance. In our business, you may be able to lead someone for 1, 3, or 6 months on a good relationship but if you don’t show them progress, it’s probably not going to go much further than that. The key to moving on is seeking a mentor that can help you hone your skills to be able to develop results and be hungry for the knowledge.
This is the level where great things begin to happen. This is where you help people get positive results in LIFE or business and create momentum. Here, people are focused on results, having a lot of fun and are full of excitement. This level is where people get together to accomplish a purpose.
When you can lead people to this level you are destined to lead for a long time and make a great impact on many lives. Anyone can get to this level by just learning and being persistent and not ever worrying about failure. Some fail to arrive here because they give up just short of being consistent enough.
The biggest downfall to this level is, when some people hit it they think they have arrived and sometimes can develop an ego. Always remember, your organization can only get a certain size when you are the only leader. The main key to moving on to the next level is identifying and developing up and coming leaders by mentorship and coaching.
4. People Development/Reproduction
I once heard that a success without a successor is failure. This is one of the most rewarding levels of leadership because the only way to get here is to empower others and help them grow personally. This is where a lot of your time is dedicated to mentoring and coaching other people to excel in their careers, lives, or business. The only downfall is sometimes people may think you’re a positional based leader. The way around this is always be leading new people through all these stages of leadership by mentoring and coaching. Most importantly, show them how to move through each level by being out in the field with them.
This is the level I aspire to reach in the future. Only a lifetime of proven leadership will allow a person to gain the rewards of such a purposed filled life. At this level, you have spent decades mentoring and molding leaders. Your greatest joy is watching others grow and develop into better leaders. This is where your leaders become loyal to you forever. This is where you are nationally recognized and are sought out by others to be their mentor. A great example of this level of leadership, in my opinion, is Orrin Woodward. Today in the world when it is popular to be average, Orrin stands up as an individual that has spent the last 12 years of his life dedicated to reaching a million people and improving their lives. I totally believe within the next 10 years Orrin Woodwardwill be on the cover of Time Magazine as one of the greatest Americans this world has ever seen.
What level of leadership are you at? Are you striving to get to the next one with everything you got? The TIME IS NOW!!