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Starting April 6th and ending June 1st (less than two months’ time), our company will have rolled out three major initiatives. These are not just so-so, middle-of-the-road initiatives. We are talking about the transition of our largest acquisition ever, the addition of a major new product line to our company and the adoption of a new back-end computing system. Never in my 20+ years at the company have we ever come close to pulling off so many big projects in such a brief period of time!

I wouldn’t put myself in the category of “organization guru”. However, in my role at work, I have many requests that come in daily. Lots of meetings and large time-consuming, data driven projects. Because I am frequently pulled away from what I am working on, I needed to come up with a system that worked for me. Amid all of the chaos, here’s how I stay organized...

I never thought I would be talking about patience, as it is one of the things that I have the least of in my life. I pretty much dislike waiting on something that I know can be done quicker, and this was all I ever knew, that is, until my wife and I had our son two years ago. That defining moment – when he entered our lives – will always be what can make me step back and let things progress in a timely fashion...

The future comes to the classroom every day. A new generation of tech-savvy and connected students arrives with radically different experiences and expectations. Aware of the global economy and the competition it represents, students and their families are placing increasingly higher demands on education at all levels. For the first time in decades, schools...

In just a few short days, my oldest child will be turning 16. This is a time of mixed emotions – excitement, happiness, anxiety and fear. Our household will undoubtedly change and I’m sure the little hair I have left will thin even more. With this milestone in his life, I recently found some quiet time to reflect...

In our business, as probably with yours, we are always looking for talented people to fill key positions. Our scouting situation is more specifically created by growth, advancements within the company and retirements. Over the last several months, several of our managers were looking to fill positions in their departments. Being an avid reader, I shared an article...

In my years of experience at Eakes, I have found myself in many offices selling equipment and other business solutions. Although the technology has changed over time, one thing that has stayed true: even the best laid plans have room for improvement. Speaking more specifically, it’s your print environment that has room for improvement...

"You are one of the best multitaskers I have ever seen!" Because some people believe that I get lots of work done, this statement has been made to me a time or two over the years. The trouble is, anyone who has said that is dead wrong! In fact, I know I'd be so bad at multitasking that I never have even given it a try...

In my position at Eakes, I often host all-day sales and product training meetings. Through this experience, I have identified some “must have” meeting supplies and tactics that help support different formats. For small group breakout sessions, I like using large Post-it Note easel pads (MMM559) for each group to write down their thoughts on a given topic....

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is already here. But have you ever wondered why we have an official, singular day to show our love for others? An even better question would be: how we can spread more love and appreciation not only throughout the calendar, but throughout our daily lives...

In today’s workplace, it is evident that furniture plays a critical role for the employer, the employees and their customers. The furniture helps to solidify a company’s brand. When a company has a brand that they want their staff to feel connected to and live each and every day, their brand has to extend beyond just customer-facing employees and run through all aspects of the company, including the furniture...

What is Green Cleaning? For many, it may mean cleaning with environmentally safe products. But more and more facility managers and business cleaning services are realizing the benefits of health-conscious cleaning. That is cleaning for the safety and health of the person doing the cleaning and the people who occupy the space...

In most, if not all communities, many of us are asked to volunteer our time and talents. While finding volunteer opportunities is easy, finding the right one for you might be a little more challenging. You may be thinking, “Why is it important to find something that is right for me? Isn’t giving and volunteering about doing something for others?”...

What does it mean to appreciate customers? The answer to this question will likely differ between businesses, but the basis is likely the same – to express gratitude towards the most important part of your business, the customer. After all, without customers, where would your business be? The answer is non-existent...

Every winter, when a cold snap hits, Eakes can have up to a 25% increase in service calls for printing devices. The combination of the cold winter weather outside and dry heat inside can affect your printing performance. But it usually isn’t the copier that’s the culprit, it’s the paper. The best way to limit printing issues is by taking proper care of your paper...

I read as many industry publications as possible. Lately, I have seen two themes relative to business success that seem to surface more than any other: If you aren’t willing to change your business, it will struggle, and if you don’t stay true to your core competency, your business will struggle.

With the New Year approaching, it is a time of reflection on the past year and an opportunity to look forward to the new. For those of us at Eakes, we will reflect on the loss of a longtime coworker and friend, Ken Bodlack. He fought like a Jedi in his battle with cancer, but sometimes victory eludes us as it did him...

I recently had the opportunity to attend a learning session in which Jason Lauritsen presented “Being the Best: Revealing the Surprising Secrets of America’s Best Places to Work”. Jason is a keynote speaker, author, advisor and an expert in employee engagement and workplace culture...

This crazy video is from my seat on the first hole at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska Minnesota on Sunday of the Ryder Cup. THAT – is not common in golf, but it sure is in the Ryder Cup! What, you say, does that have to do with a business blog? The answer: Nothing. But, as the year comes to a close – often a time to reflect upon...

People will ask me, “Do you like your job?” The answer to that is always an easy one for me. Yes. How could I not like my job? Jobs in IT are great. Not only is every day different, but there are always new challenges. I am sure that I could not do the same thing day in and day out...

It’s not just you… time is flying by. The older I get, the faster it goes, and weeks – even years, start to blend together into one big blur. Don’t worry, this blog post isn’t going to dwell on getting older, or that I’ll never be 8 years old again. Being the eternal optimist that I am, I’m going to brainstorm how I can fix this...

The day is almost upon us! In my humble opinion, it is the second greatest holiday on our calendar. Yes, I’m talking about Thanksgiving. On this day, I take a rare opportunity to eat myself into a comatose state with all the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, and of course pie. Add to that binge watching of football and the day is darn near perfect...

Have you found yourself in a situation in which you were reminded, “There are two sides to every story”? I have – lots of times. Why does it happen so often? Well, let me offer a perspective on perspective. Who hasn’t seen these images? They are classic psychological images that prove to us that some of us see the very same thing differently than others...

This past spring my home sprinkler system controller was on the fritz. Instead of buying a new one off the shelf, I did a little searching and found one that can be controlled both via the web and an app on your smartphone. This did two things for me...

While participating in a webinar, the presenter mentioned that their company required everyone to have a current LinkedIn profile. They believed it is important to have a professional presence on LinkedIn to make connections and build their brand. Since building a brand is a cornerstone of any solid marketing plan, I made note of this...