Become a Kraken

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What is a CSI Kraken?

The story goes that one day, over a year ago, at a Portland Chapter Board Meeting some discussions and decisions were dragging on and not getting resolved.  A couple of Board Members got a little (humorously) frustrated and started shooting out ideas and solutions in a rapid-fire stream and getting things done. 

Skip Brown, our sitting Chapter President at the time, jokingly muttered under his breath “UNLEASH THE KRAKENS.”  And so, The Kraken Committee was born.

What is the CSI Kraken Committee?

It is a MOVEMENT!                              It is an ATTITUDE!

It is a DESIRE to ASPIRE!                     We NEVER GIVE UP!

We ALWAYS HELP!                We are POSITIVE & SUPPORTIVE!

We FIND SOLUTIONS!                          We TEACH!

We are COMMITTED!          We are PASSIONATE!           We are DEDICATED!


The only requirement to join this Committee is a like-minded attitude and a willingness to spread the Kraken fever.

Please consider promoting our movement, supporting the Portland Chapter and proudly displaying your Kraken Committee Colors!   Please email or with questions, for additional information, or for information about ordering Kraken Committee apparel.


Kraken Rule #102: Doors open for those who are bold enough to knock. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #101: Focus on the thought that the best days of your life haven't happened yet! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #100: When the world says give up, hope whispers "try it one more time"! #CSIKraken Happy Sunday all!

Kraken Rule #99: If you don't step forward, you will always be in the same place. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #98: If you don't ask, the answer will always be no. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #97: If you don't go after what you want, you will never have it. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #96: Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule 95: I have reached an age where my brain went from "You prob shouldn't say that" to "What the heck, see what happens" #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #94: Let your smile change the world but don't let the world change your smile! #CSIKraken

CSI Kraken Rule #93: You can't start the next chapter if you keep re-reading the last one. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #92: Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise something great will come of it. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #91: If you believe the doubts in your mind you won't achieve the dreams in your heart. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #90: It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you don't stop. ~Confucius Keep reaching for those dreams! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #89: Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #88: You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #87: Life is better when you are laughing! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #86: Life is about finding people who are your kind of crazy! Happy Friday Krakens! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #85: Don't follow the rules all the time! Courtesy of @thegainesgroup #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #84: Laugh at yourself! Courtesy of @thegainesgroup #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #83: PLAY EVERY DAY! Courtesy of @thegainesgroup #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #82: Value your gifts and share them! Courtesy of @thegainesgroup #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #81: Do good for others. Courtesy of @thegainesgroup #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #80: Have fun! Courtesy of @thegainesgroup #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #79: Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave & impossible to forget. This one for @EricDLussier - Thank you! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #77: People are amazing. Peel back the layers. Go deeper. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #76: Deliver constructive criticism with humor and a smile. It will be better received. For @dstutzman #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #75: Take the time to do it right the first time!  Do you have time to do it over? For @LizOSullivanAIA #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #74: Overwhelmed by "to-do's"? Prioritize and then hyper-focus on each thing until you make progress.  Feels great! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #73: There is never enough time.  Don't lose sight of the things you really want to do. Regrets stink! #CSIKraken for @BaltoCSI

Kraken Rule #72: What's better than looking at a friend & knowing you are smiling at the same thing.  Keep your sense of humor.  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #71: Reaching a crossroads & can't decide?  Follow your heart. Your head will talk you out of what you really want. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #70: K.I.S.S. - Keep it Simple Stupid!  Kindly advised to me by @skipdrb, same guy who started calling me a Kraken :) #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #69: Try not to be too black and white.  The interesting things happen in the shades of grey.  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #68: Don't dismiss an idea because it didn't come from your immediate peer group.  You only learn with an open mind.  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #67: A story should be like a mini skirt.  Long enough to cover the subject, short enough to be interesting. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #66: Practice what you preach.  If you are going to talk about how it should be, do what you want it to be. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #65: The devil is in the details.  You really want to know someone or something, pay attention to the small stuff.  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #64: Never, ever say never!  Also for Grasshopper (I mean @BaltoCSI)

Kraken Rule #63: Meeting going south or getting negative? Be the collaborative voice that turns it around. For @BaltoCSI #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule 62-What if you woke up today with only the things you were thankful for yesterday? Have you expressed your gratitude? #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #61: Good things do not come to those who wait.  Good things come to those who work their tails off. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #60: for @SpecwriterKeith - Do or do not, there is no try! ~ Yoda #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #59: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #58: If your path seems to be straying from your goals, it is time to re-evaluate. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #57: If you can't stir with the big girls then stay away from the cauldron! #CSIKraken - Happy Halloween!

Kraken Rule #56: There is nothing better than doing what people say you cannot do! #CSIKraken #feelingdetermined

Kraken Rule #55: Lousy day?  Refocus your energy on all of the good things and people around you. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #54: Do the hardest, most time consuming tasks first.  The rest of the day will feel easy! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #53: Sharing & collaboration not only helps someone else but also enriches you in the process.  Don't be in a bubble #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #53: No regrets! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #52: Dust off those hopes, dreams and goals.  Evaluate and re-prioritize.  Are you getting where you want to be? #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #51: Just get started! Even the tiniest step is progress toward the change you want in your life.  Take that step. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #50: The truly important people are the ones who bring out the best in you.  Rare and amazing! Thank you @Parthenon1 #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #49: Be unforgettable.  Leave a little piece of what is great about you behind wherever you go.  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #48: Start with good people.  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #47: You can't make a difference or initiate change unless you get involved.  Engage! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #46: Being a Trusted Advisor comes not from what you do, but from what you give. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #45: Stepped out of your comfort zone?  Took a chance?  Change for the better comes when you JUST DO IT! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #44: "Thank You" is a powerful statement, never forget to use it.  Nobody gets there alone!  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #43: Work for a cause, not applause-Live to express, not impress-Don’t strive to be noticed, make your absence felt #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #42: Not quite getting where you want to be?  Instead of "I want" try saying "I will".  Change your perspective!  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #41 (had to do it): In the bldg industry? Almost anything can be fixed with duct tape, JB weld or a bungee cord. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #40: R U focusing on the negative or looking for the good and then improving it?  Keep your eye on the silver lining. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #39: The biggest communication problem is that we do not listen to understand, we listen to reply.  Change that! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #38 (inspired by @swolfearch): DO NOT recycle old specs!  Start fresh just like your drawings. #CSIKraken Or we will find you!

Kraken Rule #37: Trust your instincts.  Allow yourself to debate it too long & you will never do what you really want.  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #36: We never grow up, we just learn how to behave in public!  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #35 (love this one): Don't think outside the box, think there is no box! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #34: An obstacle is just a really good reason to do something different! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #33: Make the rest of your life the best of your life. #CSIKraken

KRAKEN RULE #32: The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Socrates #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #31: Normal is boring AND SCARY! #CSIKraken - @PaulDGerber Do you feel better now?

Kraken Rule #30: Passion is the difference between having a job and having a career. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #29: Don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #28: You are amazing! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #27: Open your mind before you open your mouth. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #26: Try to find 1 hour every day that is all your own.  Reflect, refresh, recharge! #CSIKraken

#CSIKraken Rule #25:  Motivate and inspire at least one person each and every single day.  Open your eyes to the beauty around you.

Kraken Rule #24: The best things in life don't come easy.  Work hard for what you want.  Not getting it?  Change! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #23: You want a dynamic CSI Chapter?  Get involved.  Share your expertise and passion.  Don't like it?  Change it! #CSIKraken

Kraken rule #22: Don't text and walk. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #21: Take the time to REALLY know all of the different people in your life. Your world will be so much better. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #20: Don't blink or you will miss it!  Live every single moment to the fullest.  Reach for the stars! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #19: Pay it forward.  You absolutely can change the world, even if it is one person at a time.  #CSIKraken

Kraken rule #18: Want to start your day feeling like $1 million bucks?  Its all about the shoes! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #17: Inspiration, motivation & opportunity is all around you.  Open your eyes, heart and mind to it.  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #16: Tough day?  Bury yourself in music.  Lifts the spirit and feeds the soul. #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #15: Don't micromanage.  Tell me what you want done, not how to do it!  Sign of a great leader! #CSIKraken

CSI Kraken Rule #14: Go big or go home!  Check your fear at the door and see what happens.  What do you have to lose? #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #13 courtesy of @thegainesgroup: Never let impossible be an excuse for not getting it done!  #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #12: Other Krakens need to be posting rules!  #CSIKraken is a team effort!

CSI Kraken Rule #11: If it ain't broke . . . . . . . wait for it . . . . . . make it better! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #10: The Four Agreements - Words to live by! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #9: Not happy with your journey? Change it!  Reinvent yourself, step outside comfort zone, take a chance, love, live! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #8:, Advice from my Boss: Don't care who copies your idea, just care you did it first. Highest form of flattery! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #7: Never ignore your inner child.  Tomorrow is not guaranteed.  No regrets! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #6: (stealing this but I believe it wholeheartedly!) Dance like nobody's watching! #CSIKraken

Kraken Rule #5: No matter how hard it is, always take the high road & rise above the negativity.  You will never regret it! #CSIKraken

CSI Kraken Rule #3: Your passion, no matter the area of your life, is contagious.  Share it and those around you will catch it!  #CSIKraken

CSI Kraken Rule #2: Don't be afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve.  The real you is who people want to know. #CSIKraken

CSI Kraken Rule #1: You never, ever have anything to lose by asking.  #CSIKraken

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