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Understanding the needs of your employees   For one Cindy, it was the best of times. For the other, it was the worst. The winter of despair for one Cindy was the spring of hope for the other. When Cindy E. got to work, she was ready...

And winter is not far behind     Days ago the long hot summer in the Pacific Northwest gave way to cool showers, foggy mornings, and a general feeling that fall has arrived. Autumn has painted the trees and filled the small streams that meander through Portland’s southwest...

Avoid common pitfalls while streamlining your next move   As the annual American “moving season” comes to a close, it’s time to take a look at what we’ve learned this year. It’s not all bad news out there. Gas prices were average to high, but peak summer...

How to declutter the office to improve productivity You understand the benefits of a cleaner office, right? But how do you install a culture of cleanliness? It’s a tricky matter. We have some advice that will help you and your leadership team improve the office environment...

How to save a marriage or a friendship My grandfather could do anything. He built the home that he raised his family in. In fact, he and my great uncle built three homes. Two of which, sixty years later, are still occupied by family. His daughter...

Follow these five steps this weekend to reduce stress and increase happiness If you are like the vast majority of folks today, you could use a break. Unfortunately, you probably don’t have a vacation coming, right? How do we reduce stress and recharge without a break...

Fostering innovation through serendipity and solitude. There is never one best way to do anything. Innovation and creation are born from myriad circumstances and environments. That’s why we need workplaces that accommodate a wide range of styles and preferences. A diverse and inclusive office is essential...

A trick to turn moving houses into an act of creative expression   At first glance, moving homes doesn’t seem like a catalyst for creation. Heck, move a dozen times in your life and you are likely to have a dozen equally tedious experiences. And it’s not...

How to know when it is time for a new place   It seems like it should be a simple answer to a simple question. Is it time to move? But a simple Yes or No isn’t always possible. Endless factors contribute to our satisfaction or dissatisfaction...

In the age of more we must learn to do less   We all see minimalism expanding into every facet of our lives. It’s not only tiny homes, either. Minimalist converts are springing up everywhere. It may be a reaction to our current culture, where we have...

Your health and happiness are not to be taken lightly I was walking the aisles of a Portland area Barnes and Noble yesterday. I used to work in those stores at the turn of the millennium. Something became quickly apparent as I scanned the shelves yesterday....

Maybe it’s time to move to an open office design   Congratulations. You have considered your options, looked at the function of your space in relation to your business, and made the popular decision of moving to a modern, open office design and layout. Then again, maybe...