Business 101

    Los Angeles, CA: Santa Monica Seafood and Café

    A fine kettle of fish

    shrimp west coast style When you get to Santa Monica Seafood, front or back door, first thing is take a number. If you stand around checking the fish, the produce, the tables, trying to figure what to buy, you're toast. Don't say we didn't tell you: Take a number. Pace around, see what everyone's going for. Check the blackboard and above all, don't dawdle. Best, go with a regular, someone who's there often. They not only know what to buy and but how it all works.

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    CORPORATE EDGE: solutions at work.

  • Let's do it. You/we can

  • Work or home, organized. Clear out, clean out, donate, simplify

  • Reading books won't fix much

  • We've seen everything. We may stutter . . . but we get it done. Gone: stacks, cartons, bags, piles, dust. Gone. Wouldn't it be something to transform space from a liability to an asset? Turn a part-time office into a full-time conference room? Dump invoices from the last century? Make cartons disappear? Give your shredder a workout? Have room for new clothes? New books? We ask questions. After all, we see your things from a different perspective. Rearrange? Recycle? Ditch? Move? Small stuff, you say? Anyway, if you'd like to calm a rising sea of paper or just get yourself and the office organized, we're here. By the hour or week at your place.

    GOODWILL IN BOSTON ON COMMONWEALTH AVENUE in Allston near Boston University recycles computers. It's Dell's Reconnect program for residential equipment. It's easy, convenient and responsible. You can drop off any brand of used gear at participating Goodwill stores. And it's free. The hardest part is rolling the two-wheeler. But I did it and you can too. According to Goodwill, they take monitors, scanners, mice, printers, keyboards, laptop batteries, ink and toner cartridges, hard drives, speakers, cords and cables. Goodwill website

  • by the week in your office
  • space
  • logistics, errands
  • clutter
  • systems
  • moving
  • paper

  • Filing, deadlines, tax time or just listening, we're business pros helping other business pros at work. We help with priorities, work out logistics and come up with business plans that work.

    CASE HISTORY: One of our fun gigs was a corporate makeover we did some years ago. We were titled project managers and nearly everyone, nearly, bought in. Departments were growing like mad and what had passed for organization when they were small needed a tune-up and they were smart enough to know it.

    The president, a dynamo and the smartest man I know, had the corner office. It was lovely even as it overlooked a parking lot. There was just one thing: piles of paper on the floor. His desk, as it turns out, was immaculate. I mean, what can you say? To myself I said all the drawers and filing furniture must be full. We talked for a while and he told me he is a visual worker: he knows what to do next if he can see it. Clearly, a stack of to-do folders or even one folder was not going to work. I got up and walked around to where he sat behind the desk. I apologized and opened a drawer. It was empty. Then another and another. Each one had nothing in it, not even the center where people usually stash pens and keys. The desk was empty.

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