May 2013

May 31 2013

As an avid reader of Success magazine and follower of its publisher, Darren Hardy, I was drawn to Darren’s webinar “Productivity Secrets of Super-achievers” that was part of the 2013 World Business and Executive Coach Summit preview. Did you know? the average CEO logs about 28 minutes of genuine productivity each day; 28% of productive […]

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May 31 2013


1THING illustrated by Sabina Lindemann (sabinalindemann.tumblr.com): “Three weeks in still sticking to my positive psychology routine - even in the hardest days”

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May 31 2013
This summer the David Suzuki Foundation is working on building Canada’s first “Homegrown National Park,” a crowd-sourced green corridor in downtown Toronto. The park will consist of restored and reclaimed urban green spaces, bird-and bug-friendly backyards, rooftop gardens, and balcony agriculture initiatives, which will all be stewarded by a team of volunteer “park rangers” appointed [...] more...

May 31 2013
Social Media, Digital Marketing and Personal Branding Expert Mitch Joel paid a visit to Speakers’ Spotlight yesterday to talk about his new book, Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends On It. Quickly climbing the charts on the way to bestseller status, Ctrl Alt Delete outlines what you need to... more...

May 31 2013
This week's Global parenting segment was on one of my favorite topics - food! Food glorious food! Actually, not so glorious when your kids complain that they don't like what you're serving, and then they ask for grilled cheese. Yes, many of you have stated that you make one family meal, and if the kids don't like what you're serving, they go to bed hungry. I'm just not there yet, ladies. Don't judge. more...

May 31 2013

It has been a couple of days since the conference and I admit I have just chilled, enjoying the emails flooding in from women saying how much the event had inspired them.  For some even life-changing.  Wow.


When you plan an event for a year, it’s easy to lose track of the impact it may have on the participants.  Particularly as closer to the event, you get caught up in logistics, who sits where, what to have to eat, and finalizing all the last minute registrations.


But as I listened to the speakers throughout the day, and heard the buzz in the room, I knew we’d “done good.”  Without realizing it, there seemed to be a real theme, a thread that wove its way throughout the day.  I never know what the speakers will say, but each message seemed to underscore and lead to the next.


We got off to such a lively start with Liz in her gangnam dance.  I knew she was going to do it, but frankly, being a YouTube luddite, had not heard of this video, so didn’t really know what she was planning to do.   She must have lost at least five pounds with all that bouncing and dancing.  Still it was all for a good cause – creating a fun, upbeat start to a day that would transport many to different and new horizons. 


Dr. Ginger Grant was quick to tell us that as women entrepreneurs we were the underpinning of the economy and we need to step into our spotlight (thanks Tsufit) to shine and share our talents with the world.   I could have listened to her for hours as she shared her wisdom and learning about creativity.   


While Ginger piqued our brains to start us thinking and going down the right creative path, our Courage Panel awakened our emotions. Linda Lundstrom, Fay Chapple and Trey Anthony were so open and honest in their discussions.  There were times when it was raw, and you could feel the pain and yet the message was clear.   You have to do what it right for you.  Life is too short to be stuck in a job, a relationship, a business that no longer feeds your soul.  My sense is this was the life changing moment for some in the audience.


From the opening Dragon’s Den clip that showed Barb Stegemann converting Arlene Dickinson and Brett Wilson to take on her business, to her frank discussion about her humble beginnings and then the development of a profitable business that also helped build the economies in war-torn countries, Barb had everyone spellbound.  So much so, that our afternoon plans had to be diverted as crowds gathered to purchase Barb’s book and perfume.


So in plan B, we had to somewhat shorten the group discussion and turn our immediate attention to the experts.  But then we had our own Making the Pitch challenge. It takes courage to enter something like this, and I commend all three finalists for taking that leap of faith.   Our congratulations to Daina Makinson for winning both the audience and the judges over, not just with her video clip, but her sense of humour.


So all told – an eventful day that while it didn’t altogether go to plan, was truly inspiring and impactful to all who attended.  My challenge, I can see, as I tend to compete with myself, is to make next year's conference even better.  See you at the 8th Journey 2 Success conference.






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May 31 2013

It has been a couple of days since the conference and I admit I have just chilled, enjoying the emails flooding in from women saying how much the event had inspired them.  For some even life-changing.  Wow.


When you plan an event for a year, it’s easy to lose track of the impact it may have on the participants.  Particularly as closer to the event, you get caught up in logistics, who sits where, what to have to eat, and finalizing all the last minute registrations.


But as I listened to the speakers throughout the day, and heard the buzz in the room, I knew we’d “done good.”  Without realizing it, there seemed to be a real theme, a thread that wove its way throughout the day.  I never know what the speakers will say, but each message seemed to underscore and lead to the next.


We got off to such a lively start with Liz in her gangnam dance.  I knew she was going to do it, but frankly, being a YouTube luddite, had not heard of this video, so didn’t really know what she was planning to do.   She must have lost at least five pounds with all that bouncing and dancing.  Still it was all for a good cause – creating a fun, upbeat start to a day that would transport many to different and new horizons. 


Dr. Ginger Grant was quick to tell us that as women entrepreneurs we were the underpinning of the economy and we need to step into our spotlight (thanks Tsufit) to shine and share our talents with the world.   I could have listened to her for hours as she shared her wisdom and learning about creativity.   


While Ginger piqued our brains to start us thinking and going down the right creative path, our Courage Panel awakened our emotions. Linda Lundstrom, Fay Chapple and Trey Anthony were so open and honest in their discussions.  There were times when it was raw, and you could feel the pain and yet the message was clear.   You have to do what it right for you.  Life is too short to be stuck in a job, a relationship, a business that no longer feeds your soul.  My sense is this was the life changing moment for some in the audience.


From the opening Dragon’s Den clip that showed Barb Stegemann converting Arlene Dickinson and Brett Wilson to take on her business, to her frank discussion about her humble beginnings and then the development of a profitable business that also helped build the economies in war-torn countries, Barb had everyone spellbound.  So much so, that our afternoon plans had to be diverted as crowds gathered to purchase Barb’s book and perfume.


So in plan B, we had to somewhat shorten the group discussion and turn our immediate attention to the experts.  But then we had our own Making the Pitch challenge. It takes courage to enter something like this, and I commend all three finalists for taking that leap of faith.   Our congratulations to Daina Makinson for winning both the audience and the judges over, not just with her video clip, but her sense of humour.


So all told – an eventful day that while it didn’t altogether go to plan, was truly inspiring and impactful to all who attended.  My challenge, I can see, as I tend to compete with myself, is to make next year's conference even better.  See you at the 8th Journey 2 Success conference.






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May 30 2013
Forbes.com writes about Susan Cain’s bestselling and game-changing book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and interviews her in the video above: If you had to guess, what would you say investor Warren Buffett and civil rights activist Rosa Parks had in common? How about Charles Darwin, Al Gore,... more...

May 30 2013
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The Lunch and Learn: Ecosystem for Your House Health
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Chef of India Restaurant
1415 Yonge St. Toronto, Ontario M4T 1Y7


We would like to invite everybody to attend this exiting talk about ecosystems

Lunch and Learn: Ecosystem for Your House Health

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Chef of India Restaurant

1415 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario M4T 1Y7

Here is some event details from Eventbrite site:
Lunch and Learn: Ecosystem for Your House Health

Come meet visionary Indoor Ecosystem Inventor, Engineer and Master Botanist Wolfgang Amelung and PeapodLife Project Director Attila Lendvai as they share their secrets to a more relaxed, aware, healthy and human way of living.

Easy-to-implement tips to begin transforming the potted plants in your home or workspace from generators of harmful VOC’s into little engines of air purification. Attila will share some secret insights connecting the wisdom of ecosystemic living from present day back to the mystery schools of ancient Egypt…and beyond. http://www.peapodlife.com/

A mystery guest from USA will talk about role of renewal energies in your home.

Menu: All You Can Eat
From a large Buffet of Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Exclusive items, such as whole-wheat tandoori nan, bean sprout salads and no-chili lentil curry.

Cost: $20
Inclusive of tea/cofee, taxes, service charges

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Max Haroon | Founder | Life Transformation Institute
Tel: 416-891-4937 | info@life-transformation-institute.org

PS: Please arrive early at 11:30 am for private networking.
Promote this event on your website or your emails http://ecosystem-partner.eventbrite.com

Come and get some insight on things that you have never thought of before, and get some knowledge of ecosystems!

Building Applications for Better Living, photo-collage, images credit: MS Office Clip Art
Collage: Building Applications for Better Living
Images Credit: MS Office Clip Art
Update:
Please find some photos and notes from this luncheon  in a PeapodLife's article: Indoor Ecosystem Promotes Life Transformation.

links:
wobuilt.com/blog: Why Go Green with Plants?
The Benefits of Indoor Garden Living Spaces

wobuilt.com/blog: The Next Big Thing in “Cleansing” ... Your House; House Plants
The next big thing in health and wellness may be to cleanse our home environment.

wobuilt.com/blog: Peapod Life: Applications for Better Living
At Peapod Life, our motto is pretty simple: gone are the days of dead structures providing shelter for living things. Now is the time for living structures that support life…all life…Peapod Life.

wobuilt.com/blog: Toxic Indoor Environments Require Advanced Human Habitat
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Nature Deficit Syndrome (NDS), Seasonal Anxiety Disorder (SAD), Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)… the problems associated with indoor space as-is (non-habitat) are numerous and toxic: physically and psychologically. The Antidote is Advanced Human Habitat (“AHH…”).

cmhc-schl.gc.ca: CMHC: Indoor Air Quality
The need for clean air in our homes should not be underestimated. Canadians spend an average of 90% of their time inside; and our homes contain many substances that may be hazardous to our health. Indoor air pollutants range from minor irritants such as dust and animal dander, to major irritants such as molds and chemical vapours that may be emitted from building materials and furnishings. It is important to be aware of how air contaminants can affect our health and to adopt corrective measures that will improve indoor air quality in our homes.
 

genetronsystems.com: Indoor Air Quality and Sick Building Syndrome
Many homes have poor air quality. Some experts say the air in private homes may be worse than in public buildings. Heavily polluted air, especially in urban areas, as well as the air‑tight environments in today's energy‑efficient, better‑insulated buildings, contribute to this situation.
by Wolfgang Amelung
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May 30 2013
Screenshot: eventful in Toronto 
The Lunch and Learn: Ecosystem for Your House Health
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Chef of India Restaurant
1415 Yonge St. Toronto, Ontario M4T 1Y7


We would like to invite everybody to attend this exiting talk about ecosystems

Lunch and Learn: Ecosystem for Your House Health

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Chef of India Restaurant

1415 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario M4T 1Y7

Here is some event details from Eventbrite site:
Lunch and Learn: Ecosystem for Your House Health

Come meet visionary Indoor Ecosystem Inventor, Engineer and Master Botanist Wolfgang Amelung and PeapodLife Project Director Attila Lendvai as they share their secrets to a more relaxed, aware, healthy and human way of living.

Easy-to-implement tips to begin transforming the potted plants in your home or workspace from generators of harmful VOC’s into little engines of air purification. Attila will share some secret insights connecting the wisdom of ecosystemic living from present day back to the mystery schools of ancient Egypt…and beyond. http://www.peapodlife.com/

A mystery guest from USA will talk about role of renewal energies in your home.

Menu: All You Can Eat
From a large Buffet of Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Exclusive items, such as whole-wheat tandoori nan, bean sprout salads and no-chili lentil curry.

Cost: $20
Inclusive of tea/cofee, taxes, service charges

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Max Haroon | Founder | Life Transformation Institute
Tel: 416-891-4937 | info@life-transformation-institute.org

PS: Please arrive early at 11:30 am for private networking.
Promote this event on your website or your emails http://ecosystem-partner.eventbrite.com

Come and get some insight on things that you have never thought of before, and get some knowledge of ecosystems!

Building Applications for Better Living, photo-collage, images credit: MS Office Clip Art
Collage: Building Applications for Better Living
Images Credit: MS Office Clip Art
Update:
Please find some photos and notes from this luncheon  in a PeapodLife's article: Indoor Ecosystem Promotes Life Transformation.

links:
wobuilt.com/blog: Why Go Green with Plants?
The Benefits of Indoor Garden Living Spaces

wobuilt.com/blog: The Next Big Thing in “Cleansing” ... Your House; House Plants
The next big thing in health and wellness may be to cleanse our home environment.

wobuilt.com/blog: Peapod Life: Applications for Better Living
At Peapod Life, our motto is pretty simple: gone are the days of dead structures providing shelter for living things. Now is the time for living structures that support life…all life…Peapod Life.

wobuilt.com/blog: Toxic Indoor Environments Require Advanced Human Habitat
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Nature Deficit Syndrome (NDS), Seasonal Anxiety Disorder (SAD), Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)… the problems associated with indoor space as-is (non-habitat) are numerous and toxic: physically and psychologically. The Antidote is Advanced Human Habitat (“AHH…”).

cmhc-schl.gc.ca: CMHC: Indoor Air Quality
The need for clean air in our homes should not be underestimated. Canadians spend an average of 90% of their time inside; and our homes contain many substances that may be hazardous to our health. Indoor air pollutants range from minor irritants such as dust and animal dander, to major irritants such as molds and chemical vapours that may be emitted from building materials and furnishings. It is important to be aware of how air contaminants can affect our health and to adopt corrective measures that will improve indoor air quality in our homes.
 

genetronsystems.com: Indoor Air Quality and Sick Building Syndrome
Many homes have poor air quality. Some experts say the air in private homes may be worse than in public buildings. Heavily polluted air, especially in urban areas, as well as the air‑tight environments in today's energy‑efficient, better‑insulated buildings, contribute to this situation.
by Wolfgang Amelung
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May 30 2013


1THING illustrated by Sabina Lindemann (sabinalindemann.tumblr.com): “Having time for tea.”

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May 30 2013
Just released my new album, AcadieODYSSEY! Stay tuned because it will be available online – iTunes, Amazon, etc etc within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can order directly from me anytime. A lot of the songs from my new show “I’m An Acadian-Canadian, Eh!” are on this CD plus some traditional... more...

May 30 2013
Thrilled to have been asked to headline the Empowered Women Festival in Niagara-on-The-Lake on August 24, 2013. Here is a video clip they have prepared to debut their Festival: More details to follow after I meet with them on June 10th! more...

May 30 2013
Have you ever heard the expression ‘keep it simple, sweetie’? There is gold in them there words, LOL! Keep it simple has become my new mantra.  I know that I have been guilty of complicating things and that’s a problem. It’s a problem when it comes to [...] more...

May 30 2013
Paul Tudor Jones II says children are the reason why there are so few women in the world of macro trading. The reactions on the hedge fund billionaire's controversial statements in this post. more...

May 29 2013
Cultural Anthropologist Grant McCracken writes on “binge watching” for Wired.com: Never mind the fact that Arrested Development [has come back] as a revived fourth season of a show that ended seven years ago — yes, seven years ago, which is a lot in today’s cultural time. (To put that in perspective, just remember that 2006... more...

May 29 2013
Internationally recognized graffiti artist and creativity expert Erik Wahl releases his new book, Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius, on June 4. Here is a sneak peak at chapter two, where Wahl discusses the importance of retaining a child-like mind throughout the course of your career: We were truly wired to create when we were young.... more...

May 29 2013
Whether working on your own or in a team NOW more than ever we need to innovate to weather these difficult times. And our creativity is the answer and your team is your best resource. 6 TOP TIPS from the new keynote and workshop I am offering called BRAINSTORMING IDEAS INTO REALITY 1)  Create the Read the full article... more...

May 29 2013


1THING illustrated by Sabina Lindemann (sabinalindemann.tumblr.com): “A bed to myself.”

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May 29 2013
Best Practice Business: New Edition Insights and Tips For Start-Ups, Senior Managers and Seasoned Executives Alike! ( Including 16 bonus links) © Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results 3Q Leadership™ Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  Sometimes it is good to just get back to basics!  This post starts with business plan basics …

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May 29 2013
It was this morning that I awoke and decided to verify how many people have actually viewed our inspirational video for the new Get OFF The Fence Movement. 52,780!!! Over 50,000 views in just a few short weeks. more...

May 29 2013
Speakers’ Spotlight is happy to announce that Susan Cain, the bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, has joined our roster. Cain believes contemporary culture holds a decided bias toward the “extrovert ideal” and dramatically undervalues the talents of introverts. In her talks, she explains that we... more...

May 29 2013
It's been just over a year since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by a man named George Zimmerman for looking "suspicious" in his neighborhood.  The news rocked the nation and many like me have not forgotten the impact... more...

May 29 2013
It's been just over a year since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by a man named George Zimmerman for looking "suspicious" in his neighborhood.  The news rocked the nation and many like me have not forgotten the impact... more...

May 28 2013
Melissa shared her budget dining room tips on The Marilyn Denis Show.  Check out the appearance here > Double Duty Dining Décor Melissa’s tips on creating a custom look with off-the-shelf product Use kitchen cabinetry to create dish pantries. Installing them tight to the sides of the bench creates a built-in look. Buy off-the-shelf cabinets or […] more...

May 28 2013
Halina took House and Home Magazine, on a video tour of a classic townhouse she designed.  House and Home captured the paired down luxury of the entire space beautifully here. http://houseandhome.com/tv/segment/classic-townhouse more...

May 28 2013


1THING illustrated by Sabina Lindemann (sabinalindemann.tumblr.com): “Class breaks”

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May 28 2013
Social Media Expert and Founder of Digital Royalty, Amy Jo Martin believes in one thing above all else: innovation. By refusing to accept the adage “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” she’s been able to bring innovation to her career. Leslie Bradshaw, a contributor at Forbes.com asked Amy to explain the importance of innovation,... more...

May 28 2013
Ladies and Gents, Happy phenomenal Tuesday! Though it is overcast and rainy in this part of the country, it’s a reminder that the only weather that really matters is our internal climate. I’ve been thinking…a lot. And usually with that … Continue reading  more...

May 28 2013
I’m sure you have heard the expression, “You made your bed, now you have to lie in it.” I have thought about this for a long time. I have come to realize that “making your bed” is a representation of yourself. The people who decided to “Occupy Wall Street” in 2011, made their beds together, on the ground, in solidarity for a cause. This act represented all of them. They say our sleep position represents our personality. But is where we sleep and how we prepare our beds, really a representation of ourselves? Let’s think about this for a moment. more...

May 27 2013
New Book Coming out June 1, 2013Toby the Pet Therapy Dog Says Be a Buddy NOT a Bully is the second book in the Toby the Pet Therapy Dog children's series. The book will be released June 1, 2013. When Toby the dog steps into the path of another dog who ... more...

May 27 2013
New Book Coming out June 1, 2013Toby the Pet Therapy Dog Says Be a Buddy NOT a Bully is the second book in the Toby the Pet Therapy Dog children's series. The book will be released June 1, 2013. When Toby the dog steps into the path of another dog who ... more...

May 27 2013
From Victim to Victor | New Edition! With 33 Inspiring Bonus Links & Tip Sheets © Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results 3Q Leadership™ Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!  The secret is out of the box! We want life to be an easy path, but it is not.   Life is difficult; it is …

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May 27 2013
Dan Schawbel of Forbes.com had the opportunity to recently interview Social Media, Digital Marketing, and Personal Branding Expert Mitch Joel on Mitch’s new book, Ctrl Alt Delete: Why do you think businesses should reboot right now? What’s changed in the past year to make them do this? We have seen the business world enter the... more...

May 27 2013
From Now To How: Social, Virtual and Cross Generational Leadership © Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™  | (IQ-EQ-SQ) Reach-Resonance-Results 3Q Leadership™ Blog- 25,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing!   This article was first published, on a terrific blog of extraordinary thinkers, Switch and Shift! Thanks to Ted Coine and the Switch and Shift Team for sharing this post. …

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May 27 2013
Chester Elton, the bestselling leadership author (with Adrian Gostick) of The Carrot Principle, advises leaders that sometimes they need to share difficult realities with employees in order to see success: There is no list quite as sobering to an entrepreneur as a list of the most promising young companies of two decades ago–most of which,... more...

May 27 2013


1THING illustrated by Sabina Lindemann (sabinalindemann.tumblr.com): “Sunny lunchtime run!!”

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May 27 2013
So you have a tree that ripens with delicious fruit each summer? Better yet, you’re blessed with so much fruit, that you just don’t know what to do with it? Well aren’t you the apple of our eye! After all, a person can only bake so many cherry pies and can so many jars of [...] more...

May 27 2013
Recognize this couple? I have to tell you that their video cracked me up, made me smile from ear to ear and completely started off one of my Saturday morning in such good spirits. The couple became an Internet sensation recently when a video of them ha... more...

May 27 2013
Recognize this couple? I have to tell you that their video cracked me up, made me smile from ear to ear and completely started off one of my Saturday morning in such good spirits. The couple became an Internet sensation recently when a video of them ha... more...

May 27 2013
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May 26 2013


1THING illustrated by Sabina Lindemann (sabinalindemann.tumblr.com): “Lattes with Claire.”

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May 26 2013
In my in-depth interview with Sarah Slean she spoke about the inspiration behind her latest album, Land & Sea, her amazing art and deeply philosophical poetry. more...

May 26 2013
In my in-depth interview with Sarah Slean she spoke about the inspiration behind her latest album, Land & Sea, her amazing art and deeply philosophical poetry. more...

May 25 2013


1THING illustrated by Sabina Lindemann (sabinalindemann.tumblr.com): “Getting a text from an old friend who I hadn’t heard from in years.”

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