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June 2015

Keeping Accountable to Yourself and Your Business

2017-01-17T17:22:24-04:00June 25th, 2015|Communication Powerhouse|

New Season

Kathy Crowley and I have started our BlogTalkRadio shows this year for 1000 Cranes – Believe. Plan. Fly. Radio , and it’s been great to see how well people have received our episodes!!!

Our first three topics were regarding 1) Change, 2) Managing Stress and Travel, and 3) Keeping Accountable.

In fact, because of the broadcast, we created a virtual Lean In Circle and already have members representing North Carolina, Texas, England, India and New Zealand!

As we discussed with Greg Gazin of, accountability groups, such as Mastermind groups, LeanIn Circles, book clubs or other informal gatherings, provide entrepreneurs and other goal oriented people an opportunity to quantify and reach their respective goals in a supportive environment.   On the show we talked about Mastermind Groups and Lean In Circles specifically as ways people can help each other with goal setting, accountability and personal growth.


A couple of articles piqued my interest as I started delving into the topic of accountability some more.  In some cases, an individual coach may be the […]

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Earning Loyalty

2017-01-17T17:22:24-04:00June 9th, 2015|Communication Powerhouse|

byron_bulldog_quoteOn a recent trip to the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, I enjoyed viewing their monument to their bulldog mascots over the years.

The plaque shown here really resonates with me as it talks about the virtues of the bulldog.

“The Bulldog embodies ‘beauty without vanity. Strength without insolence. Courage without ferocity and all the virtues of man without his vices.”

– Lord Byron, 1788-1824


Too many times we see the faults of men as noted in this quote, and wouldn’t it be nice if we thought about how much we can learn from dogs?

This quote resonates with me as well because of the idea that traits that we hold in esteem also can have a dark side to them if you allow it.

Beauty/Vanity, Strength/Insolence, and Courage/Ferocity are the two sides of the coin, and it would benefit us to choose the better side of the range of these personality traits.  We all have a range of these depending on the mood, situation or circumstance.

For me, personally, I think the hardest […]

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May 2015

Wise Words from Maya Angelou

2017-01-17T17:22:24-04:00May 21st, 2015|Communication Powerhouse|

Don’t Settle for Comfortable

Wise Words from Maya Angelou

A speech can truly transform a person.  I had the pleasure of hearing Past International President, Jana Barnhill, speak at the Toastmasters Conference in Chapel Hill the weekend of May 1-3rd.  During one of her speeches, she challenged us to push ourselves and “Don’t Settle for Comfortable.”

As many of you know, I’ve often pushed the company into new directions.  In the case of last year, we looked at the cartoon characters to work toward the children’s market.  That’s still on the roadmap, but due to some personal challenges, that had to be put on the backburner.  In fact, it might have been a blessing in disguise as we decided to move forward with an audio program with a partnership instead with Terry Bartlett (see previous post.)

Hearing that speech started me on the path of declaring my candidacy as a floor candidate for International Director for Toastmasters International.


This […]

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February 2015

Becoming a Superhero and Rolling with the Punches

2017-01-17T17:22:25-04:00February 25th, 2015|Communication Powerhouse|

naomi_superheroReady for Action. Some of you who may have followed this blog may recall my use of the Bitstrips program to create Cartoon Naomi scenarios.  In one of those, I had a “Super Naomi” icon that I used for some promotions which gave a fun light-hearted view of the 1000 Cranes consulting practice.  It is my avatar with a red cape ready for action!  Needless to say, it’s amusing when life imitates art.

On January 30th, I was invited to Flat Rock, NC to hold one and 1/2 day strategic planning session for the Western Carolina Community Action (WCCA) nonprofit.  They have been a loyal customer for nearly 10 years, and it was exciting to be able to continue our work together.  The session went well in the morning, and we took a break for lunch before having a “lunch and learn” session regarding Fundraising Tips.  This session was being digitally recorded in order to provide another resource for some 1000 Cranes customers.  In […]

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What is your "Hail Mary" Pass?

2017-01-17T17:22:25-04:00February 9th, 2015|Communication Powerhouse|

Hail Mary Naomi Takeuchi 1000 CranesFuture Goals.  I am currently working toward a certification called the Toastmasters Accredited Speaker or “AS” for short.  This is the second year for my application, and I’m hopeful that things will go well.  As some of you know, I am a big football fan, and I am considering my recent application as my  “Hail Mary” pass.  Time will tell. 

In the end, the committee may not pass me to Level 2 because I am not perfect as I flubbed my closing. At that point in the speech, though, I didn’t want to subject my audience to a re-recording since the committee wants an unedited video, and I will just have to live with it. I am an imperfect person, and it is what it is.

Continuous Support.  My audience didn’t mind my flub and were supportive the whole way through. I do know this is better than my previous recordings, so I will likely submit this one. […]

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December 2014

New Years' Dream Destinations and Intentions

2017-01-17T17:22:25-04:00December 30th, 2014|Communication Powerhouse|

IMG_5602 A view of Cronulla Beach, Australia

After I returned from my trip to Australia and New Zealand, several people told me that those two countries have always been on their respective “bucket lists.”  And trust me, I absolutely agree that everyone needs to visit those countries when they can.

Travel and Life Enrichment. However, I refuse to call any list a “bucket list” because the farther down you get on the list, the closer you get to the bucket!  I have never wanted to live my life counting the days or events until I die.   Instead, I’ve adopted the phrase “dream destination list” for the places I long to see and experience.  Everytime I travel, I am enriched by the experience by the people, places, music and food.  I am always a better person and know that my life has been enriched because of travel.

Dream Destination List.  Some of the places on my dream destination list…places where I have never visited…include Russia (St. Petersberg and Moscow), South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town), […]

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