June 28, 2012 08:20
Well, Sara apparently was not thoroughly disappointed with my initial foray into the world of bloggery, so I’m back for more. It has been quite a hectic time here at Incepture, but in a very good way. We are partnering with a number of great new clients here in Jacksonville and around the country. We are also in the process of moving into brand-spanking new offices to make room for all of our growing staff and provide for continued expansion. In order to do this, of course, it means we have to winnow though the things we have accumulated in our individual spaces, sort them out, and pack up what we absolutely need to have in our new locale. This gives you a chance to review the utility of things in your work world. Do I still need that left-handed screwdriver that I won as an 8th grade Mathlete? How about the condiment packs that are so handy (several of which are so old that the expiration date is in Roman numerals?)
Seriously though, the sorting and prioritizing process gives me a chance to look at the big picture as well to review what I do, how I do it, and what tools do I use/need to improve on? Am I on the right path? Do I feel energized and alive? Is this the place to be? The answer to all is a resounding ‘yes.’ As I was philosophical, I see Incepture as a great and vibrant place to work with a dynamic team that is ready to move forward and create a future of limitless possibility. I’m looking forward to the move and getting settled in a great new space.
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June 25, 2012 08:30
Since we’ve recently moved locations, I thought it’d be a good idea to blog about “de-cluttering” and organizing so we can all start fresh. In Eastern practices, clutter is actually associated with the flow of energy not only within our work space but in our life. A clearer area will give you more focus and open doors of opportunities.
This activity doesn’t need to be a monumental task and you can take 15 minutes each day to sort through things.
1. Start with categorizing: Trash, shred, file, scan or give away. Chances are if you haven’t looked at that piece of paper in a year it won’t be of use anytime soon. If you’re unsure you can always scan and store on SharePoint =)
2. Create a filing system for your drawers: Keep frequent information nearby and to the front by priority.
3. Create folders and subfolders in your inbox: you can also create auto-rules to keep your inbox clean with items that are unread, need a response or action.
Companies that have taken this seriously include Kyocera which uses a lean practice called “The 5S” Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain. Below is a fun little video from the Wall Street Journal a few years back, a bit extreme yes, but efficient nonetheless!
Until next time….Virginie
June 21, 2012 08:30
So, I have been thinking about the beach lately. The weather here in Jacksonville is warming up, the beaches are getting a little more crowded and the children’s laughter a little more high pitched. Having spent my summers as a kid going to visit my Aunt Joan at her beach bungalow in Breezy Point, N.Y., I have always had a sense of fun and excitement about going to the beach. Even today, I love to sit in my chair, and watch the kids run around and play in the sand and dance on their tippy toes in the water! Some of my very favorite memories of my childhood took place on that beach in Breezy Point…playing with my sisters and cousins, meeting other kids and tumbling in the waves. I can still feel the pull of the undertow every time I place my feet in the ocean water!
How many times have you seen kids building a castle together or holding hands and running toward the water…squealing with delight? Many times, they only just met. Why is it that, as children, it is so easy to meet a “stranger” and instantly become a friend – especially at the beach?
Or, maybe the better question is, why is it so much harder as adults to be open to meet other people and work together in the name of fun? It is something we like to do on a professional level at Incepture. We like to meet new people and find ways to help you build your “castle in the sand.” So, next time you see us out in the community, be it at a job fair or Chamber meeting, stop by and say hello. You never know. Maybe we met before, on a sandy shore, blissfully holding hands together and running toward the water!
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