Purple Highlighters and Hoarders
I was intrigued, hearing some of her exploits and about what she called "interventions." She not only goes to a person's home or business to help their problem of disorganization and clutter; but is often able to help them find the deeper reason as to WHY they are so disorganized.
After hearing her stories, I ran out to the car and returned with my book, "System Busters: How to Stop Them In Your Business," and suggested she read the chapter titled, "The 100% System of Cleanliness"—the story of how we dealt with the problem of clutter using the power of systems. I assured her I was going to read her material also, in order to better understand WHY some business owners just can’t seem to get their businesses organized.
DEAR READER: In the meantime, if the root cause of chaos in your business is NOT some psychosomatic condition, “like hoarding,” that might need some intervention way beyond my expertise—may I suggest you may have a simple case of what I call, “disorganitis.” I can help you with that!
P.S. Remember I told you I was sure there was a BETTER way than purple highlighting those Job Tickets by hand—and that I would eventually find it? We did! In the mission of continual, unending, ongoing, non-stop improvement, our manual highlighting system has now been AUTOMATED. Due to the reduction in cost of toner for digital printers, our Job Tickets are now printed in living color, thus saving Jennifer a lot of highlighting time—speeding up data entry and making it even easier for production employees to read and become aware of key data.
Did I mention—Great systems work!
Philip Beyer, founder/president of Ebiz Products LLC and founder of Beyer Printing Inc. in Nashville Tenn., is a chronic entrepreneur, business systems analyst and consultant. Author of "System Busters: How to Stop Them in Your Business" and recipient of an InterTech Technology Award for the design and development of System100 business process management software. Beyer speaks to business owners across the country on how to bring lean, sustainable order to their businesses. Contact him at (615) 425-2652.