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December 2014

Lose Yourself to Discover Your Authentic Self

2017-01-17T17:22:25-05:00December 2nd, 2014|Communication Powerhouse|

boi_headerNew Beginnings.  I recently returned from a trip to Australia and New Zealand which I had originally planned as a well needed vacation.  I was fortunate that my trip coincided with the District 72 Toastmasters International Convention in Paihia, New Zealand in an area known as the Bay of Islands. I was especially drawn to this Convention since the theme was “The Path Forward” or in Maori “Te Ara Whakamua.” I also liked the mascot of the event which was the kotuku or white heron which is a rare bird with auspicious connections.  Here’s an excerpt from

[White Heron bird – Kotuku  Kotuku is the Maori word for the rare White Heron bird. It is a symbol of prestige, purity, and uniqueness. One of the greatest compliments among the Maori was to liken someone to Kotuku for its signifies everything rare and beautiful. Sometimes referred to as a darling or treasure. The kotuku is one of New Zealand’s rarest birds and is held […]

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September 2014

Standing In Your Space – Keeping Your Integrity

2017-01-17T17:22:25-05:00September 16th, 2014|Communication Powerhouse|

Stand in Your Space Naomi Takeuchi Leadership DevelopmentStand In Your Space.  I received a nice compliment Tuesday morning from a Toastmasters International friend in Raleigh.  Dan Scala told me that “I stand in my space when I walk in a room and that my presence makes a difference.” Essentially what he meant was, “I talk the talk and I walk the walk and people notice.”

We are getting ready to charter a new advanced club in the area, and his colleague also mentioned that whenever they needed help, I was there and how much he appreciated that.   I arrived at their Toastmasters meeting Tuesday morning a little after 7:30am, which for me as a nightowl is a commitment and somewhat of a sacrifice!

Deliver on Promises.  One thing I’ve learned in my years as a consultant is that it is always better to know what you promise and deliver on those promises.  It’s one thing to say you support someone, it’s another to actually make a concerted effort […]

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August 2014

Choose Wise Partnerships

2017-01-17T17:22:26-05:00August 12th, 2014|Communication Powerhouse|

Choose Business Partnerships WiselyOne of the things I often tell people is that as an entrepreneur, one has many decisions to make.

Difficult Decisions.  An important decisions is whether to keep or end key relationships with your business.  Sometimes the hardest bonds to break are the partnerships you have grown to rely on over the years that are not serving the company in the best way.  Even though loyalty is important and vital to many ongoing business relationships, when the organization is not being served properly by a dysfunctional organization, it’s time to look elsewhere.

Freedom to Choose.  Thankfully, as an entrepreneur, I have the ability to choose which partnerships will work best for the company and make those tough decisions to move forward.  When the partnerships are not working well, it’s best to regroup, take a hit and look at ways to minimize any negative impact and grow the company in a healthy direction where it can grow and thrive.  Thankfully, the month of August is a slower […]

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July 2014

Set and Communicate Clear Goals and Deadlines

2017-01-17T17:22:26-05:00July 22nd, 2014|Communication Powerhouse|

1000 Cranes Boards - Naomi TakeuchiGoals and Deadlines.  It’s amazing what a difference setting clear goals and deadlines make for getting a project or other tasks done.  For those who procrastinate and even for those who don’t, setting clear “mile markers” and tangible goals help to keep you on track and make things happen.  When working with clients, we often talk about setting long-term goals (3-5 years), short-term goals (one year) and immediate goals (less than one year), and more importantly clients need to set accountability with those goals.

Road Map.  This became extremely important when 1000 Cranes started preparing for the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas in mid-June.  We originally had on our road map and strategic plan to have cartoon characters ready for an event in October 2014 for the National Trademark Expo in Alexandria, VA.  We knew we needed to start positioning the company to expand into the children’s market, […]

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June 2014

Building Anticipation

2017-01-17T17:22:27-05:00June 10th, 2014|Communication Powerhouse|

1000 Cranes Boards - Naomi TakeuchiPreparation.  For many of you who are following this blog, you likely know that we have been preparing the company for the last six months for the Licensing Expo which is taking place next week at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas!

In reflection we have accomplished a great deal as we transition into providing services and products to the children’s market.

      • We created cartoon characters based upon the 1000 Cranes logo.  These characters are a vehicle to bridge our services between more mature audiences and the children’s market.
      • We hired a new legal team to advise us on the correct categories for us to register our new cartoon characters.
      • We created a line of origami paper products that can be sold or used as giveaways to further promote the brand.  These paper products use the cartoon characters as a way to gain market share in the minds of the consumer.
      • We […]
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May 2014

Keep Reminding Your Audience of Home

2017-01-17T17:22:27-05:00May 27th, 2014|Communication Powerhouse|

This week, I am spending time on the West Coast in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and my home town of San Francisco, California.  I feel very blessed to have been born in San Francisco and to be raised in the suburb of Daly City when I was growing up.  As I would hit my favorite haunts around the city, I realized that although I haven’t visited the city in about four years, it doesn’t matter how long I’ve been away, it always feels like home.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco CA Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco CA Naomi Takeuchi childhood home Naomi Takeuchi and her childhood home!

Home.  As the famous phrase says, “Home is where the heart is.” Although I currently love calling North  Carolina my home, there is something to be said about revisiting the places where I grew up…to walk again the paths that were familiar at one time.  I feel as […]

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