Tuesday, February 26, 2013

That’s Powerful!

Today's guest post comes from Kathi Frelk, Marketing, with Anderson Lock in response to my post on Powerful.

Powerful people open doors. Not just entrance doors and office doors. And I don’t mean open with a strong arm, a key or locksmith tools. What I mean is, powerful people take the lead in life. In a business, or in an organization, or simply in a situation, they make connections and decisions, and persuade other folks to follow them. Powerful people take command, and perform well.

Lists of powerful people are ever-changing. But the people on the list at any given time have qualities in common that are easy to discern, difficult to emulate. They are influential, capable, and often, dynamic personalities.

Ginny’s recent blog, ‘Powerful,’ Friday, February 8, 2013, highlights Beyonce’s performance before a worldwide audience during Super Bowl 2013. When Beyonce strode on stage, she captured the attention of millions of people. Her dramatic costume, singing and dancing, communicated that she had control of the moment. There were several other singers and dancers on the stage with her, but most of the time, most of the eyes were on Beyonce. She dominated the performance. Personally, I didn’t care for her costume, singing or dancing…but I didn’t change the channel, either! To me, that says she is a powerful woman. She is physically strong, and has power of celebrity. 


Physical strength is one of the qualities often associated with powerful people, but it is not essential. Mahatma Gandhi comes to mind when I think of a powerful leader who did not rely on physical strength to communicate his ideals of non-violent civil disobedience. He led India to independence, and opened doors for others across the world to embrace their civil rights in a peaceful, non-violent, manner. His strength was in his beliefs, and in his convictions. His power came from practicing his principles in every situation, over many years. He said, “My life is my message.”

The women on Forbes magazine recent list of Powerful Women are chosen based on visibility and economic impact. Biographies of these women are fascinating. Hilary Clinton, Angela Merkel, (the Chancellor of Germany,) and Dilma Rousseff, (the President of Brazil,) are from the political arena, which both attracts, and requires prepared, powerful people. Whether they seek recognition and power, or gain it gradually through authoritative leadership, they push through barriers, open doors, and aren’t afraid to be the first one to step across the threshold… whatever that threshold might be.

Beyonce, Gandhi and Hilary Clinton on the same list? 

Yes. All are, or were, influential, capable and dynamic. But powerful people need not have global reputations. I chose these three examples because they would be familiar to anyone reading this blog. Yet in every “sphere of influence,” every business, every organization, there are powerful people. They are proficient, responsible and talented, with the ability to not only open doors, but to inspire others to follow them. Or, at least, to not change the channel when they are on stage!

Thanks Kathi for sharing your words with A Cracked Door!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fifty Shades of Hope Relay Update

Whoohoo - Thanks to Janet @TheWoodKey Schultheis Team Fifty crossed the $1,000. threshold this morning!  We also had generous donations from Bobby & Lisa Pastorius and Bob Wilson yesterday!  I can't thank you all enough for supporting our efforts to stop cancer. 

There are 42 more days to go before the big Relay event and Team Fifty is almost halfway to our fundraising goal!   My previous post was all about Jammin' for Relay and we also have a Dog Wash scheduled March 15th from 5-7 pm.  Health Mutt, our local pet everything store, has generously offered the use of their two dog wash stations for two hours to wash as many dogs as we can for donations.

If you live in the Tampa area and want your dog looking good for St. Patrick's Day come on out!

We Relay to celebrate cancer survivors, honor those who are with us in spirit and to help those battling now.  It is with hearts full of gratitude and love that Team Fifty says thank you!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Fifty Shades of Hope Relay for Life Fundraiser!

Quick update on Fifty Shades of Hope Relay for Life Team

Currently we have raised $770.00 - thanks to all who have supported us!  Our goal is $2500. so we still have another $1730. to go.  If you would like to support our team please click here Relay.  We appreciate your contributions!

We have two fundraisers currently planned with more to follow hopefully.  There is a Dog Wash scheduled for March 15th at Health Mutt in Seminole Heights (flyer will be posted first of the month) and a Jammin' Fundraiser which I am posting now.

Team member Monica Keasey has generously offered to make her delicious Strawberry Jam as a fundraiser for our team!!  All the information to get your very own jam is below.


Friday, February 8, 2013


I was listening to a Podcast out of BBC Radio 4 called Woman's Hour: News Politics, Culture this morning on my drive to work. It is the first time I have listened to this podcast so I wasn't sure what to expect. First, love the accents but I miss a lot of what is being said. Hopefully as I continue to listen and get used to the accents the words will become clearer. In this show they introduced a panel of people that are choosing a list of 100 of the most powerful women in Great Britain. The panel first discussed what they felt being powerful meant. That alone made me pause and ask myself the same question as I listened to their responses. Influence and money were mentioned along with the power of the written word.

I also read a few blog posts this week discussing Beyonce's performance and outfit at the Super Bowl. One of the post felt her outfit and performance wasn't befitting a powerful woman. The other post felt Beyonce's voice, performance and costume were all part of her power. 

I don't have a definite answer as yet but am curious to know what you feel the definition of a powerful person is?

Friday, February 1, 2013

Door Industry Recovering

Congratulations to a-fabco's customer  Larry Horn and the Dash Door team for this excellent interview that aired last night on the Nightly Business Report. 

Doors Open Opportunities for Job Recovery | Jan 31, 2013 - NBR | Nightly Business Report

 Well deserved!