Cleaning V.S. Organizing

I often hear people talk about how they organized their office but it didn’t stick – that a few months later is looked as bad or worse than before they did the organizing. It is not that the organizing didn’t stick.  It’s because they didn’t really get organized. They cleaned. Cleaning is a clearing process.  It […]

Walk Your Way to Ideas

Walking is not only good for your health, it’s good for your business. You probably know the human brain has two hemispheres.  The left side is linear and logical.  It controls language, likes order, and thinks 1,2,3.    The right side is random and creative.  It generates ideas – usually in picture that the left side has to […]

Finding Wrong or Finding Right?

Why is it so much easier to talk about what went wrong when so many more of them when right? Do something that creates a bad customer experience and the statistics are that one dissatisfied customer will tell 15 other people about their bad experience.  Create a great customer experience and they might tell 2 other […]

Frequency of Use Rules

When setting up a workspace, it makes sense to place items based on how frequently you expect to use them.  These are the ‘rules’ I use when working with clients: If you use it every day keep it on or in the desk If you use it every week, keep in the desk or within […]

The Incredible Shrinking Workspace

Companies are not only rightsizing staff; they are increasingly downsizing workspaces.  A downsizing of your workspace brings on new challenges; especially if you feel your previous space seemed small and overcrowded.  As you work to fit everything in, here are some key ideas to keep in mind:  All storage space (desk tops, file cabinets, drawers […]

How Good a Plate Spinner Are You?

Ok, you love to __________  —- just fill in the blank – cook, organize, selling xyz product                    You decided to want to work for yourself—no boss to report to, you can schedule time as you want and make a fortune.  That’s the promise – that’s how owning a business for yourself is marketed. By now […]

Free Publicity Takes Planning – 3 Tips To Make it Work for You

I opened my Portland Business Journal one January day back in 1989 and I saw a headline about a National Clear Off Your Desk Day Contest. First I got upset that I didn’t know about the holiday and I missed that opportunity.  Then I got into action.  I found out the holdiay was posted in Chase’s […]

Have Fear But Do It Anyway

Last night was my Toastmasters club meeting.  I have been a member of the Clackamas Stepping Stones for more than 20 years. In fact, my time in business is only a couple of months longer than my membership in Toastmasters. I can state with total confidence that without the skills I learned in my TM club, I would not still […]

Owning Your Job

For almost a decade I owned a business. Then I learned that what I really owned was my job. I had the privledge of learning small business management under the guiding hand of Dr. Thoma Jones, PhD. through my local Small Business Development Center.  During one of the classes he talked about the importance of […]

To Blog or Not To Blog

OK, so it’s a bit cliché to fall back on Shakespeare in my first blog post but it is relevant to my ambivalence about blogging.  To blog or not to blog has been a question I’ve been wrestling with for some time.  You already know my answer – you’re reading it – but what went […]