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December 2012

How Faithful Are You to Your Customers, Partners and Prospects?

2017-01-17T17:22:43-04:00December 29th, 2012|1. Faith and Vision|

200pxhachiko“Patience is the companion of wisdom”. ~ Saint Augustine

In Tokyo, there is a statue commemorating a faithful dog named Hachiko.  He was an Akita who always came to the railroad station to greet his owner at the train station and accompany him on the walk home.

Unfortunately, the owner died at work one day and never returned home.

Hachiko continued to go to the railroad station as his normal custom and wait along the platform for his owner to arrive.  He continued to do this for another 11 years after his owner’s death always waiting to escort his owner home.

EVERY DAY for 11 years, he continued this vigil.

The faithfulness of dogs is inspiring, and it reminds us of the importance of loyalty and faithfulness to customers, partners and prospects.

When building relationships, it’s important to remember this kind of loyalty.  Sometimes a customer, partner or prospect may not respond right away or miss a meeting or not […]

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October 2011

Making History at the 2011 National Trademark Expo!

2017-01-17T17:22:44-04:00October 18th, 2011|1. Faith and Vision, 1000 Cranes News|

Last weekend, I had an amazing experience working a tradeshow to showcase the registered trademarks of 1000 Cranes.   We have three trademarks registered with the US Patent and Trademark office.  First there is the “1000 Cranes” name itself, then “1000 Cranes” with its logo, and then “Believe. Plan. Fly.” as a trademarked slogan.  You can see these filings in more detail at www.uspto.gov.

The filings occurred back in 2006 and 2007 in the early stages of the company when I left my corporate job at Cisco Systems to pursue my dream of entrepreneurship full time.  The marks had been in use for awhile since I had worked on starting the business part time beginning in 2002, but now that I had left corporate life full-time, I felt the investment was needed to secure the naming of the company.  As an entrepreneur, I had often wondered whether investing the time and money into trademarks was worthwhile, well five years later, I couldn’t have asked for a better result.   Here I am standing with the official […]

April 2011

Environmental aspects of Sustainable Strategic Planning

2017-01-17T17:22:45-04:00April 20th, 2011|1. Faith and Vision, 2. Planning and Execution, Uncategorized|

I always thought it was ironic that the explosion of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon occurred in the Gulf of New Mexico two days before Earth Day, and on Earth Day itself, on April 22nd, 2010,  the oil rig sank into the depths of the Gulf beginning the long saga of the largest US oil spill in history.  An estimated 200,000 GALLONS of crude oil PER DAY were released into the gulf destroying wildlife and affecting many communities along the coast.  What was clearly illuminated in the tragedy last year was the intense focus of management strictly on the financial returns rather than taking a comprehensive look at  the social and environmental returns as well.  This one dimensional thinking strictly for financial returns proved to be a literal disaster.

When consulting with clients, 1000 Cranes reviews the aspects of Sustainable Strategic Planning where the financial returns on investment are critical, but also consideration MUST be given to social and environmental […]

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August 2010

Being Prepared

2017-01-17T17:22:48-04:00August 23rd, 2010|1. Faith and Vision|

Calc.glasses A fellow Toastmasters friend of mine, Eric Branche, once said, "When you're prepared, you don't have to spend time getting prepared."   He said this in response to a question regarding his hobby of billiards.  He said this phrase because he always wants to be prepared to play billiards at any time.  He always keeps his own cue stick in his car so that he can play at a moment's notice.  

This week, that phrase came in handy for 1000 Cranes as we are working to secure our first government account.  After a consultation with the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development in May 2009, I started the process of registering 1000 Cranes into the Central Contractors Registration (CCR) database.  In order to do business with any government agency, a vendor is required to get a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and then register within the CCR database.    I've had the DUNS […]

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Reflecting on the Toastmasters Convention 2010

2017-01-17T17:22:49-04:00August 17th, 2010|1. Faith and Vision, 2. Planning and Execution|

Toastmasters.color I was not aware of all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the Toastmasters International Convention that took place last week in Palm Desert, California.  Some of you may be wondering what happened to my blog postings.  Quite frankly, I literally had no time to compose a quality post.  On some days, I had meetings from 7:00am to 10:00pm and had very little time to sit down to take a break.  At one point I only had 45 minutes to rest just before dinner.  Inspite of all that stress, the convention was well worth the time. 

This was the first year that Toastmasters International flew in the top three officers of every District around the world for training.  In the past, this training was done regionally, and the last regional training was right in our backyard in Greensboro, NC.  Now, with the new alignment, as the new Lieutenant Governor Marketing for District 37 (State of […]

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Do you have that "Je ne sais quoi?"

2017-01-17T17:22:49-04:00August 9th, 2010|1. Faith and Vision|

IStock_000002545349XSmallToday is the first day of the Toastmasters International Convention in Palm Desert, CA. There are Toastmasters from around the world who have gathered here early for executive officer training and for officer elections.  As a newly elected member of the District 37 (State of North Carolina) Toastmasters team, I have been amazed by the number of dedicated people who have come here to dedicate their time to this organization. 

I've been especially surprised by the people who have been running for office.  Many of them have spent a great deal of their time developing marketing collateral, handouts and giveaways as they communicate their respective views about the organization.  It has already been illuminating to see the vast variety of presentations and the wide range of investments that have been made to the candidates' respective campaigns. No matter how flashy the material, in the end, I've found that to win our vote, it comes down to the following  key factors: 

  1. how […]
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