February 2015

Feb 28 2015

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Feb 28 2015
Many of us are conditioned to believe that our lives will fall perfectly into place when we get married to the person we love. This conditioning begins in childhood, and we come to develop the expectation that being married and … Continue reading more...

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Feb 28 2015

Average reading time: Approximately 4 minutes In 1969, twenty years after Harlow’s experiments with primates, psychologist Edward Deci, now a professor at the University of Rochester, followed up with a series of experiments with humans. Deci’s experiments showed that students lost intrinsic interest in an activity when money was offered as an external reward. Drawing […]

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Feb 27 2015
Bringing an energetic blend of insight and humour, Tim Hurson teaches audiences what they already know in their hearts: that creative intelligence is the essence of human potential. Whether you’re a manager or an artist, whether you work alone or in a group, you’ll think better and do better by learning to unlock your creative... more...

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Feb 27 2015
February 27, 2015 This photo with our ubiquitous icon, "TTC 509 Harbourfront Streetcar" was taken by Scott Mills. more...

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Feb 27 2015

PRESS: Ottawa Business Journal In case you didn’t hear, we just opened our second RfR location — and the Ottawa Business Journal was kind enough to stop by! We’re now the proud new residents of 107 Murray St. in the Byward Market! Recently we opened our doors and launched our newest endeavour with a few […]

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Feb 27 2015
  Last night, our social media volunteer extraordinaire, Heidi Tsao, was at Be Good Be Social Toronto sharing insights and highlights from her work overseeing Not Far From The Tree’s social... Read more > more...

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Feb 27 2015
Max Valiquette helps companies, organizations, and brands find solutions to their problems by better understanding their employees, customers, and communities. He was named one of Canada’s “Most Influential Marketers” by Marketing magazine, and has worked with some of the biggest brands around the world. His varied expertise makes him one of the most sought-after public... more...

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Feb 27 2015

  Frock of the Week: Nicole Miller Navy Blue Lace Dress This week’s frock of the week comes from the designer Nicole Miller. This Nicole Miller navy lace dress is elegant with a light touch of sexiness with its lace detailing. It’s long sleeves make it perfect for formal events, making it sophisticated and chic. […]

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Feb 27 2015
With the release of the film today, I am delighted to give you an exclusive sneak-peak of LE CHÂTEAU’s collection for the movie, in-stores and online! After the Ball is a romantic comedy featuring Portia Doubleday, Lauren Holly, Chris Noth (YES, MR. BIG!) and Marc André Grondin. It's being called a "modern day Cinderella." more...

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Feb 26 2015
An award-winning doctor, researcher, and lecturer on human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang offers the keys people of all ages need to succeed in the workplace and at home. With over fifteen years of clinical experience and extensive training in the science that lies behind motivation and mental wellness, Dr. Kang shows people how to cultivate... more...

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Feb 26 2015

Proto by Adamr @ freedigitalphotos.net

Remember when you started your business?  Did you have a formal business plan?  Did you keep your plans to yourself until you were ready to launch?  Did you want it to be perfect, with all your ducks in a row before you started?


Guess what, that’s not how it’s done these days.  According to Sean Wise, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University, as small business owners we could benefit and learn by adopting some of the strategies used by today’s startups.


At a recent event, he outlined six ways startups are different today.




1.       Startups share, don’t keep it a secret


In the past, a new startup was hush-hush.  Everything about it was kept secret and under wraps until the owner was ready to launch.


Well, not anymore.  As part of the customer development process, the startup lets the customers try it.  In other words, as Wise said, “they get out of the building” and ask what’s working or not.


2.       Startups fail fast and often


The end product or service doesn’t need to be perfect, and so the start up is quite comfortable testing things out, and through this hypothesis testing learn what to do next.  It’s no coincidence, for example, that Amazon sends suggestions to regular customers.  They’ve tested this strategy and found out what is effective. 


Wise’s advice – Let action not assumptions drive your business.


3.       Startups don’t write business plans


Remember that lengthy document – your business plan - that you sweated over before you started your business?  Well no more.  Instead startups now use a business model canvas to scope out their plans.


Using a white board and post-it notes, the “plan” has a fluidity to it which seems appropriate given how much your initial plans can change when starting out, and later down the road.  Samples of the model can be found at www.businessmodelgeneration.com



4.   Startups get ready, fire and then aim


They don’t try to be perfect, and instead measure the results of their “launch” and adjust according to feedback.


5.   Startups co create with customers


Instead of approaching the traditional sources of funding – banks, venture capitalists, etc… these startups use crowdfunding as a way to get the necessary funds to start up. This process also involves buy-in from their potential customers, creating a better outcome for their end product/service.



6.   Startups are innovative looking at ways to deliver   

Differently


A great example of this innovation, is Netflix.  Instead of going to Blockbuster, picking up a movie, returning it and likely paying the late fees, Netflix came up with the idea of streaming movies and TV series into your home.  You don’t have to go anywhere, and if you want, can binge watch your favourite series for the same price.


Letting go of the need to be perfect seems integral to this new approach to starting a business and it’s a good outlook to have whether you are in startup mode or more seasoned in business.


So often we get hung up on everything being just right before we launch, when reality is, there is always something to learn, change and tweak.


What you would differently if you were starting up now instead of when you did?











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Feb 26 2015

Proto by Adamr @ freedigitalphotos.net

Remember when you started your business?  Did you have a formal business plan?  Did you keep your plans to yourself until you were ready to launch?  Did you want it to be perfect, with all your ducks in a row before you started?


Guess what, that’s not how it’s done these days.  According to Sean Wise, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University, as small business owners we could benefit and learn by adopting some of the strategies used by today’s startups.


At a recent event, he outlined six ways startups are different today.




1.       Startups share, don’t keep it a secret


In the past, a new startup was hush-hush.  Everything about it was kept secret and under wraps until the owner was ready to launch.


Well, not anymore.  As part of the customer development process, the startup lets the customers try it.  In other words, as Wise said, “they get out of the building” and ask what’s working or not.


2.       Startups fail fast and often


The end product or service doesn’t need to be perfect, and so the start up is quite comfortable testing things out, and through this hypothesis testing learn what to do next.  It’s no coincidence, for example, that Amazon sends suggestions to regular customers.  They’ve tested this strategy and found out what is effective. 


Wise’s advice – Let action not assumptions drive your business.


3.       Startups don’t write business plans


Remember that lengthy document – your business plan - that you sweated over before you started your business?  Well no more.  Instead startups now use a business model canvas to scope out their plans.


Using a white board and post-it notes, the “plan” has a fluidity to it which seems appropriate given how much your initial plans can change when starting out, and later down the road.  Samples of the model can be found at www.businessmodelgeneration.com



4.   Startups get ready, fire and then aim


They don’t try to be perfect, and instead measure the results of their “launch” and adjust according to feedback.


5.   Startups co create with customers


Instead of approaching the traditional sources of funding – banks, venture capitalists, etc… these startups use crowdfunding as a way to get the necessary funds to start up. This process also involves buy-in from their potential customers, creating a better outcome for their end product/service.



6.   Startups are innovative looking at ways to deliver   

Differently


A great example of this innovation, is Netflix.  Instead of going to Blockbuster, picking up a movie, returning it and likely paying the late fees, Netflix came up with the idea of streaming movies and TV series into your home.  You don’t have to go anywhere, and if you want, can binge watch your favourite series for the same price.


Letting go of the need to be perfect seems integral to this new approach to starting a business and it’s a good outlook to have whether you are in startup mode or more seasoned in business.


So often we get hung up on everything being just right before we launch, when reality is, there is always something to learn, change and tweak.


What you would differently if you were starting up now instead of when you did?











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Feb 26 2015
As a network correspondent–and now host–on CNN, Poppy Harlow makes sense of global events, breaking news, business, and economic news for millions viewers throughout North America and around the world. The former anchor of CNNMoney.com, and a previous business correspondent for CNN, CNN International, and HLN, Harlow has been steadily at the forefront of many of the... more...

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Feb 26 2015
Good morning!!   I am proud to have been invited to be the Emcee at an event organized by the CFA Society of Vancouver which will take place next week and is intended to address the importance of closing the gender gap. I will also be moderating a panel at the event on “Success and [...] more...

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Feb 26 2015
Learn how to sign fun animal signs with this educational and entertaining music video. Learn with 8 year old Fireese as she teachers you all the key signs to sing and sign in this song. more...

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Feb 26 2015

Wondering what to do in Toronto with the kids this March Break? Check out these super cool camps

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Feb 25 2015
As Canada’s best-known Conservative pundit, Ezra Levant provokes discussion and debate wherever he appears. Whether it’s taking a hard look at human rights, political correctness, the ethics of oil, or the political events of the day, he has something insightful to say about everything, and he encourages everyone to think critically—and skeptically—about what’s going on... more...

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Feb 25 2015
Irene Becker, Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ (IQ-EQ-SQ) 3Q Leadership™ Blog- 50,000+ Social Media Followers & Growing! The imperative to stay focused on what we CAN do, what we CAN accomplish and the extraordinary cognitive and emotional capacity within is critical.   Where do you start?  How can you remove the barriers to your greatest potential? …

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Feb 25 2015

Rent frock Repeat Opens Ottawa Showroom — A Sneak Peek! In case you haven’t heard — we are now open in Ottawa! We could not be more excited to be here! Can’t make it to Ottawa? No worries! Here’s a little sneak peek at our latest endeavour! Who: Just like our Toronto-based showroom, our Ottawa location […]

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Feb 25 2015

7 Most Outrageous Fad Diets of All Time Believe it or not, there was a point in time where eating healthy and hitting the gym was not the “it thing” to do. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and eating properly has been such a trend lately, its hard to even remember some of the crazy things […]

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Feb 25 2015
On January 15, 2009, returning home from a routine business trip, Dave Sanderson survived what’s come to be known as “The Miracle on the Hudson.” When a bird strike hit US Airways Flight 1549 while the plane was in flight, there was no choice for Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and his crew other than to try... more...

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Feb 24 2015
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Feb 24 2015
February 24, 2015 Last year Modya Silver embarked on his goal to improve the lives of thousands of people by mobilizing hundreds of school children to commit good deeds. Now Kindness Week will take place for the second time in Toronto. Grade 10 student Lexy LaPolla engages Modya in a question and answer session about his endeavour. more...

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Feb 24 2015
Designed and led by Rashmi Biswas this three hour workshop is brought to you by the Goodman School of Business, Brock University and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. Learning how to delegate effectively can turn good leaders into great leaders by developing the team and improving organizational efficiencies. Date: Thursday May 28, 2015 Time: ... more...

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Feb 24 2015
Captain David Marquet imagines a work place where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work–a place where everyone is a leader. A former US submarine captain and the author of the bestselling book, Turn Your Ship Around, David... more...

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Feb 24 2015

Where & Where Event Listings: JUNO Awards, UBC Gala, MPI Awards and more Here’s another edition of our weekly Where & Wear event listings to help you fill up your social calendars and help you with the dilemna that arises every week; Where are you going and what are you going to wear? What: UBC […]

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Feb 24 2015

Amber MacArthur talks sharing economy on The Marilyn Denis Show, and WE are apart of the conversation. Tech expert MacArthur talks about all the amazing services and app available across Canada, to help you participate in the sharing economy with yours truly included in the show! Here’s the segment!  

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Feb 24 2015

Small Business Advice In case you didn’t know, our co-founders, Lisa and Kristy, started Rent frock Repeat from the ground up. It all started when Lisa and Kristy were invited to a wedding one March. Neither wanted to spend the money or time on yet another dress that would be worn once, then subsequently tossed in […]

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Feb 24 2015

Alternative Wedding Dresses For Mature Brides Spring is coming! Or at least I think it is? This weather we have been having is not convincing me that spring is near, but that is what I hear. Spring is also the start of wedding season! The options are endless for wedding gowns, and all depends on […]

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Feb 24 2015
Canadians know how challenging the month of February is. March is not much better. After months of low light, shoveling snow and enduring frigid temperatures (unless you live in Vancouver, in that case, stick it!), we start to get cabin fever from hibernating. Something I have noticed in my own life is that after hanging […] more...

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Feb 24 2015
Have you ever wanted something so badly that you were willing to make sacrifices in order to make it happen? Or perhaps you were like me who thought that what you wanted was too much for God and that you … Continue reading more...

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Feb 23 2015
Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations each and every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing magazine, the award-winning advertising writer, chief executive officer, and creative director addresses a variety of topics surrounding branding, corporate strategy, creativity and social media. Boasting training from Second City,... more...

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Feb 23 2015
Many people would call themselves controlling, bossy, regimented or perfectionistic. These traits have a common link – most people who see these qualities in themselves want things to be a certain way so that they can feel emotionally safe. In … Continue reading more...

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Feb 23 2015
It’s important that I write this as honestly as possible.  People don’t find value in your promotions. It’s true. If you’re constantly writing about how great you are, or what your latest special is, they will stop reading your blog or your social media posts. It is very important to your brand that you give […] more...

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Feb 23 2015
Ben Mulroney interviews the biggest stars and reports live from red carpets around the world. As the friendly anchor of Canada’s number one entertainment show, CTV’s eTalk, Mulroney always brings the best to what he does as a speaker, emcee, event moderator, and interviewer. Whether on stage or in front of a camera, Mulroney draws... more...

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Feb 23 2015

Red Carpet Style Steal: Oscar’s 2015 — Sienna Miller, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson and More! The 87th Annual Academy Awards were held last night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles; and while the rain was falling outside, it certainly didn’t stop the stars from shining under the tent! Neil Patrick Harris stole our hearts […]

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Feb 23 2015

Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party Portrait Studio Last night’s Academy Awards were a celebration of an unbelievable year for motion picture history. We laughed, we cried, and we felt empowered. After the 3 hour awards ceremony wrapped up, the stars and their gold statues made for a quick change of a dress and headed on over […]

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Feb 23 2015
I tend to hibernate more and by the end of February I'm going squirrelly. By now, I need an attitude adjustment. My guess is that others do, too. Here are some ways to get over the February blahs and cabin fever, as we go into the last stretch of winter. more...

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Feb 23 2015

Why purchase a dress when you can rent one at up to 90% off its retail cost? Rent frock Repeat is proud to support Luxe Box by awarding you with a 15% discount on your next rental. Simply use promo code LUXEBOX when processing your order! It’s that easy! Live in the GTA and want try […]

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Feb 23 2015
I tend to hibernate more and by the end of February I'm going squirrelly. By now, I need an attitude adjustment. My guess is that others do, too. Here are some ways to get over the February blahs and cabin fever, as we go into the last stretch of winter. more...

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Feb 23 2015

Why purchase a dress when you can rent one at up to 90% off its retail cost? Rent frock Repeat is proud to support Blush by giving you a 15% discount on your next rental. Simply use promo code BLUSHEVENT when processing your order! It’s that easy! Live in the GTA and want try a frock […]

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Feb 23 2015
How do you convince your team not only to embrace change, but actually lead the transformation? One of the most successful senior business communication executives of our time, Mark C. Thompson–CEO and co-founder of the Business Entrepreneurship Hub for Virgin Unite, and author of Success Built To Last–shares his insights from studying the success of... more...

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Feb 23 2015
Here is the research out of Stanford. As if we didn't already know how incredible it feels to be with our girlfriends, a study out of Stanford explained just how "healthy" these female friendships are: In an evening class at Stanford, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection - the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman, whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious. Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. more...

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Feb 23 2015
Here is the research out of Stanford. As if we didn't already know how incredible it feels to be with our girlfriends, a study out of Stanford explained just how "healthy" these female friendships are: In an evening class at Stanford, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection - the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman, whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends. At first everyone laughed, but he was serious. Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. more...

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