Business Expert Elizabeth Potter Publishes Article Highlighting Practical Ways To Eliminate Chaos From Small Businesses

Elizabeth Potter, Small Business Professional Organizer, differentiates between unavoidable chaos and self-inflicted chaos.

Calgary, Alberta – January 28, 2013 – Best-selling author Elizabeth Potter, a professional organizer, specializing in small business, recently published an article discussing business organization. The article, titled “Five Steps to Avoid Self-Inflicted Chaos in Your Business” offers five steps to help business owners get the chaos under control.

Potter writes “The majority of the chaos that most businesses face is self-inflicted. It is a result of internal disorganization.”

Elizabeth has a special talent that helps business owners work through their chaos and create simple systems unique to them through Systemized For Play Ltd (http://www.systemizedforplay.com/), formed in July 2010. Systemized for Play Ltd helps clients save time and money by offering office training, business organization, team building, and coaching, among other indispensible tools.

Potter has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates across the country as an expert guest on The Brian Tracy Show, and she has appeared in Forbes as one of America’s PremierExperts®. She has co-authored 2 Best-Selling books, “Cracking The Success Code” and  “Change Agents” with Brian Tracy. Both books hit over 5 separate Amazon Best-Seller lists upon release. Her next book with Steve Forbes called “Successonomics” will be out in print later this year.

Elizabeth Potter was in Forbes Magazine in February 2013 and was a regular contributor on Money For Lunch radio show.

The entire article can be found at http://www.systemizedforplay.com/articles/five-steps-to-avoid-self-inflicted-chaos-in-your-business.php.

About Elizabeth Potter:

Elizabeth Potter brings more than 25 years of experience with logistics, production, customer service and financing. Utilizing these skills, she opened her first company in 2007. As a professional organizer specializing in small business, she has built a reputation as a reliable, effective and proactive consultant. Elizabeth has worked with many small-business owners to create systems that help them understand and achieve greater efficiency and profitability.

Her largest project started in 2009 where she started LP Credit Resolution LLC (www.LPcreditresolution.com), a credit-buying company committed to helping at least 10,000 people with their credit. She has trained in the areas of computer science, economics, accounting software, business management, sales and marketing.  She is a proud member of PGIB (Progressive Group For Independent Business), CEO Space and is on the view point panel for the Business Development Bank of Canada.

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Five Steps to Avoid Self-Inflicted Chaos in Your Business

Running a business is often chaotic. And the true is that most businesses will always experience at least a small amount of chaos and/or confusion. That’s part of business—customers are unpredictable, supply chains get interrupted, and the market continues to evolve.

However, in my experience, the vast majority of the chaos that small businesses experience is NOT unavoidable. It’s not due to customer unpredictability, or supply chain issues, or market changes, or any external factors at all.

Instead, the majority of the chaos that most businesses face is self-inflicted. It is a result of internal disorganization.

This might not sound like good news, but it is. Why? Because it means that YOU have the ability to eliminate the vast majority of the disorganization and chaos that drives you crazy in your business. Here are five important steps to take in order to reduce the level of “self-inflicted” chaos that you experience:

1) Clearly define the job descriptions of your employees. Do your employees have a clearly defined role and purpose within your business? You’d be surprised how often small business owners answer this question with a “no” – which means that their employees are often filling ill-defined roles, which in turn leads to disorganization. Your employees should know exactly what they are responsible for.

2) Provide clear instructions for key processes. We’ve talked about the dangers of micro-managing, but too little direction is an equally bad habit. Your employees should clearly understand how key processes within the business are to function. Don’t leave it up to the employees to figure it out on their own, because chances are you’ll end up with a disorganized system in which everyone does it “their way.”

3) Define communication procedures. Communication breakdowns often lead to disaster. So don’t take any chances – it’s important to define standards for communication, at least as it relates to important functions. For instance, requiring your managers to physically sign off on a checklist ensuring that their department has fulfilled its responsibilities guarantees that there can be no confusion about what has been done, and what hasn’t. Communication breakdowns are a major source of self-inflicted chaos – don’t be victimized!

4) Create a system of organization for key information and documentation. Every business has key data to store. Whether it is customer contact information, shipping orders, manuals and procedures, billing information, it’s important that you have a system to keep it organized. When you’re busy (and let’s be honest, you’re always busy!), the last thing you can afford is to waste time looking for files or documents. So get organized – and if you need help, get in touch with me!

5) When things go wrong, figure out why – and fix the issue. Finally, take time on a regular basis to review your performance. When you experience chaotic days, weeks, or months, try to identify the root cause of the issue—and make adjustments to avoid this unnecessary chaos in the future.

If you’d like to learn more, or if you’d like help getting your business organized and running smoothly, I can help. Contact me today to learn more!

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Business Expert Elizabeth Potter Publishes Article Discussing Small Business Management

Elizabeth Potter, Small Business Professional Organizer, offers practical tips to help reduce chaos in the workplace.

Calgary, Alberta – Jan. 23, 2014 – Best-selling author Elizabeth Potter, a professional organizer, specializing in small business, recently published an article discussing business management. The article, titled “Business Management: How to Eliminate Chaos From Your Workday” offers practical tips for her readers.

Potter writes “Whatever way the chaos manifests itself in your business, I’m willing to bet that you would like to be rid of it this year. In this article, I’m going to share a ‘road map’ that will get you started with this process.”

Elizabeth has a special talent that helps business owners work through their chaos and create simple systems unique to them through Systemized For Play Ltd (http://www.systemizedforplay.com/), formed in July 2010. Systemized for Play Ltd helps clients save time and money by offering office training, business organization, team building, and coaching, among other indispensible tools.

Potter has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates across the country as an expert guest on The Brian Tracy Show, and she has appeared in Forbes as one of America’s PremierExperts®. She has co-authored 2 Best-Selling books, “Cracking The Success Code” and  “Change Agents” with Brian Tracy. Both books hit over 5 separate Amazon Best-Seller lists upon release. Her next book with Steve Forbes called “Successonomics” will be out in print later this year.

Elizabeth Potter was in Forbes Magazine in February 2013 and recently accepted to be a regular contributor on Money For Lunch radio show.

The entire article can be found at http://www.systemizedforplay.com/articles/business-management-how-to-eliminate-chaos-from-your-workday.php.

About Elizabeth Potter:

Elizabeth Potter brings more than 25 years of experience with logistics, production, customer service and financing. Utilizing these skills, she opened her first company in 2007. As a professional organizer specializing in small business, she has built a reputation as a reliable, effective and proactive consultant. Elizabeth has worked with many small-business owners to create systems that help them understand and achieve greater efficiency and profitability.

Her largest project started in 2009 where she started LP Credit Resolution LLC (www.LPcreditresolution.com), a credit-buying company committed to helping at least 10,000 people with their credit. She has trained in the areas of computer science, economics, accounting software, business management, sales and marketing.  She is a proud member of the American Credit Association, CEO Space and is on the view point panel for the Business Development Bank of Canada.

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Business Management: How to Eliminate Chaos From Your Workday

If you are like many of the small business owners I have known over the years, your workplace often feels chaotic. Chaos takes many forms – some offices are literally loud, messy, and disorganized, while others may appear at first glance to be neat and well-maintained, but hide disorganization and confusion just beneath the surface.

Whatever way the chaos manifests itself in your business, I’m willing to bet that you would like to be rid of it this year. In this article, I’m going to share a “road map” that will get you started with this process:

1) Organize your files and information. The first step to eliminating chaos is to get organized. If the paperwork in your office is a mess, or if it’s impossible to find anything on your computer server, it’s very hard to keep your systems operating smoothly. Take the time to organize your files and your key information in a way that allows you to quickly find what you need during the workday. If you need help with this process, let me know!

2) Prioritize. Once you’ve organized your information, the next step is to organize your priorities. Too many business owners “wing it” each day and spend their time however the day dictates. But the key to productivity is to identify your key priorities and ensure that they receive the attention they demand. I recommend making a prioritized “to-do” list at the days end – it is amazing how much this single step can help to reduce chaos and improve efficiency in a business!

3) Stop confusing “urgent” with “important.” Many business owners run around with their hair on fire because they’ve confused urgent and important. There are a wide variety of “urgent” matters that crop up each day – from technology malfunctions to unhappy customers to sick employees. But some of these issues frankly aren’t important in the scheme of things, and the business owner is better off delegating them to team members so he or she can focus on the priorities of the day.

4) Communicate clearly, and teach your employees to do the same. Unclear communication is a major source of chaos in the workplace. This often happens when you’re in a rush – so train yourself to slow down and ensure that your message is clearly communicated, and teach your employees to do the same. It’s better to take a few extra minutes going over instructions than to spend hours correcting a mistake!

5) Take the time to relax and clear your head when necessary. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you’ll find your head swimming. When you’re overwhelmed, take the time you need to step back and clear your mind. A confused and disoriented leader results in a chaotic work environment, so don’t let this happen.

Running a business is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be chaotic. If you’d like to learn more, or if you’d like help eliminating the chaos from your business, please contact me today!

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Business Expert Elizabeth Potter Publishes Blog Discussing The Drawbacks Of Micromanagement

Elizabeth Potter, Small Business Professional Organizer, explains that micromanagement is toxic to creativity in the workplace. 

Calgary, Alberta – Jan. 17, 2013 – Best-selling author Elizabeth Potter, a professional organizer, specializing in small business, recently published a blog discussing employee management and team building. The blog, titled “Small Business Management: If You Trust Your Team… Stop Micromanaging Them!” offers three specific reasons business owners should avoid micromanagement.

Potter writes “Do you give your trusted employees the resources and the autonomy they need to get the job done, or do you find yourself regularly micromanaging them?”

Elizabeth has a special talent that helps business owners work through their chaos and create simple systems unique to them through Systemized For Play Ltd (http://www.systemizedforplay.com/), formed in July 2010. Systemized for Play Ltd helps clients save time and money by offering office training, business organization, team building, and coaching, among other indispensible tools.

Potter has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates across the country as an expert guest on The Brian Tracy Show, and she has appeared in Forbes as one of America’s PremierExperts®. She has co-authored 2 Best-Selling books, “Cracking The Success Code” and  “Change Agents” with Brian Tracy. Both books hit over 5 separate Amazon Best-Seller lists upon release. Her next book with Steve Forbes called “Successonomics” will be out in print later this year.

Elizabeth Potter was in Forbes Magazine in February 2013 and recently accepted to be a regular contributor on Money For Lunch radio show.

The entire blog can be found at http://www.systemizedforplay.com/blog/small-business-management-if-you-trust-your-team-stop-micromanaging-them.php.

About Elizabeth Potter:

Elizabeth Potter brings more than 25 years of experience with logistics, production, customer service and financing. Utilizing these skills, she opened her first company in 2007. As a professional organizer specializing in small business, she has built a reputation as a reliable, effective and proactive consultant. Elizabeth has worked with many small-business owners to create systems that help them understand and achieve greater efficiency and profitability.

Her largest project started in 2009 where she started LP Credit Resolution LLC (www.LPcreditresolution.com), a credit-buying company committed to helping at least 10,000 people with their credit. She has trained in the areas of computer science, economics, accounting software, business management, sales and marketing.  She is a proud member of the American Credit Association, CEO Space and is on the view point panel for the Business Development Bank of Canada.

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Small Business Management: If You Trust Your Team… Stop Micromanaging Them!

Most business owners, if they are honest with themselves, have to admit that they are guilty of “micromanaging” employees from time to time. And while the desire to micromanage is usually well-intentioned (caring about the details and insisting on quality work are both great qualities!), when micromanagement becomes a habit, it’s a problem.

So take a few moments and be honest. Do you give your trusted employees the resources and the autonomy they need to get the job done, or do you find yourself regularly micromanaging them? If you’re a micromanager, again, you’re not alone. But below are three reasons this habit may be damaging to your business:

1) Micromanaging eliminates creativity and fresh perspective. When employees are expected to strictly follow established procedure all day long, they quickly learn to turn off their creative instincts and essentially become robots. While it is obviously important to set guidelines and ensure that key requirements are meant, giving trusted employees the ability to use their creativity and bring fresh perspective to the workplace is important. Your employees are a valuable asset, so don’t fail to tap into their creativity.

2) Micromanaging takes up time that could be better spent. If there is one trait that nearly all small-business owners share, it’s that they are always short on time! Running a business is exhausting and time consuming… trust me, I understand. But many business owners make matters worse by insisting on being involved in every detail of every employee’s workday. If you trust your employees… let them work! That’s why you hired them, after all. If you’re going to concern yourself with every minor detail, you may as well just do it all yourself!

3) Autonomy and trust keeps employees engaged. Finally, building a high-performing team requires employees that are engaged and motivated. Micromanaging employees has the opposite effect. Let your team know that you trust them, and give them the space to use their unique abilities to get the job done.  

If you’d like to learn more on this subject, please feel free to contact me today!

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Business Expert Elizabeth Potter Publishes Blog Looking Ahead To 2014

Elizabeth Potter, Small Business Professional Organizer, urges business owners to resolve to improve their organization in 2014.

Calgary, Alberta – January 3, 2014 – Best-selling author Elizabeth Potter, a professional organizer, specializing in small business, recently published a blog focused on the power of organization. The blog, titled “Small Business Management: Resolve to be More Organized in 2014!” offers practical tips for business owners.

Potter writes “I can tell you from first-hand experience that well organized businesses tend to be far more successful than their disorganized counterparts – not to mention far LESS stressful.”

Elizabeth has a special talent that helps business owners work through their chaos and create simple systems unique to them through Systemized For Play Ltd (http://www.systemizedforplay.com/), formed in July 2010. Systemized for Play Ltd helps clients save time and money by offering office training, business organization, team building, and coaching, among other indispensible tools.

Potter has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates across the country as an expert guest on The Brian Tracy Show, and she has appeared in Forbes as one of America’s PremierExperts®. She has co-authored 2 Best-Selling books, “Cracking The Success Code” and  “Change Agents” with Brian Tracy. Both books hit over 5 separate Amazon Best-Seller lists upon release. Her next book with Steve Forbes called “Successonomics” will be out in print later next year.

Elizabeth Potter was in Forbes Magazine in February 2013 and recently accepted to be a regular contributor on Money For Lunch radio show.

The entire blog can be found at http://www.systemizedforplay.com/blog/small-business-management-resolve-to-be-more-organized-in-2014.php.

About Elizabeth Potter:

Elizabeth Potter brings more than 25 years of experience with logistics, production, customer service and financing. Utilizing these skills, she opened her first company in 2007. As a professional organizer specializing in small business, she has built a reputation as a reliable, effective and proactive consultant. Elizabeth has worked with many small-business owners to create systems that help them understand and achieve greater efficiency and profitability.

Her largest project started in 2009 where she started LP Credit Resolution LLC (www.LPcreditresolution.com), a credit-buying company committed to helping at least 10,000 people with their credit. She has trained in the areas of computer science, economics, accounting software, business management, sales and marketing.  She is a proud member of the American Credit Association, CEO Space and is on the view point panel for the Business Development Bank of Canada.

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Small Business Management: Resolve to be More Organized in 2014!

The New Year is here, and millions of individuals around the world will be taking the opportunity to create “Resolutions” for themselves – identifying specific items they would like to change in 2014. I’d like to suggest a resolution to consider… resolve to get organized! I can tell you from first-hand experience that well organized businesses tend to be far more successful than their disorganized counterparts – not to mention far LESS stressful.

Here are four areas to consider:

1) Organize your books. Are your finances properly organized and documented? If not, you’re exposing yourself to all sorts of potential trouble, from taxes to employee fraud to unnecessary waste. If you’d like help getting your books organized, give me a call and I will get you started in the right direction!

2) Organize your production and shipping operations. How organized and efficient are your operations? Is disorganization causing you to waste time, energy, or money along the way? In order to maximize your profitability, it is critical that your operations run smoothly – and that means you need to be well organized. How can you improve your operations in 2014?

3) Organize your methods of communication. For many small businesses, communication is a nightmare. How effective is the process in your business? Do your employees clearly understand their responsibilities and their chain of command? Are you able to communicate effectively with vendors and partners? Or do you find that miscommunications and misunderstandings make your life more difficult? Make it a point to communicate more clearly and more effectively than ever in 2014.

4) Organize your desk. Organizing your desk may sound insignificant compared to the other items on your list – but it may actually be the most important. Countless studies have shown that a clean and organized workspace translates into higher productivity. So look around your workspace right now – is it cluttered? Can you find files and information quickly? Do you have an effective “to-do” list? If not, start here. Organize your desk and your office before turning your attention to “bigger” issues. I think you’ll be surprised at how helpful this process can be!

Questions or comments? Would you like some help getting better organized in 2014? Give me a call today to learn more!

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Business Expert Elizabeth Potter Publishes Article Discussing Time Management

Elizabeth Potter, Small Business Professional Organizer, offers several New Year’s resolutions for her readers to consider.

Calgary, Alberta – December 31, 2013 – Best-selling author Elizabeth Potter, a professional organizer, specializing in small business, recently published an article highlighting the importance of effective time management. The article, titled “Manage Your Time More Effectively: Seven Practical New Year’s Resolutions” offers seven applicable tips.

Potter writes “I’d like to suggest that there may be a single skill which could make a dramatic difference in your productivity and the profitability of your business in 2014: time management.”

Elizabeth has a special talent that helps business owners work through their chaos and create simple systems unique to them through Systemized For Play Ltd (http://www.systemizedforplay.com/), formed in July 2010. Systemized for Play Ltd helps clients save time and money by offering office training, business organization, team building, and coaching, among other indispensible tools.

Potter has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates across the country as an expert guest on The Brian Tracy Show, and she has appeared in Forbes as one of America’s PremierExperts®. She has co-authored 2 Best-Selling books, “Cracking The Success Code” and  “Change Agents” with Brian Tracy. Both books hit over 5 separate Amazon Best-Seller lists upon release. Her next book with Steve Forbes called “Successonomics” will be out in print later next year.

Elizabeth Potter was in Forbes Magazine in February 2013 and recently accepted to be a regular contributor on Money For Lunch radio show.

The entire article can be found at http://www.systemizedforplay.com/articles/manage-your-time-more-effectively-seven-practical-new-years-resolutions.php.

About Elizabeth Potter:

Elizabeth Potter brings more than 25 years of experience with logistics, production, customer service and financing. Utilizing these skills, she opened her first company in 2007. As a professional organizer specializing in small business, she has built a reputation as a reliable, effective and proactive consultant. Elizabeth has worked with many small-business owners to create systems that help them understand and achieve greater efficiency and profitability.

Her largest project started in 2009 where she started LP Credit Resolution LLC (www.LPcreditresolution.com), a credit-buying company committed to helping at least 10,000 people with their credit. She has trained in the areas of computer science, economics, accounting software, business management, sales and marketing.  She is a proud member of the American Credit Association, CEO Space and is on the view point panel for the Business Development Bank of Canada.

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Business Expert Elizabeth Potter Publishes Article Discussing Strategies For 2014

Elizabeth Potter, Small Business Professional Organizer, encourages her readers to reflect on 2013 and look ahead to the New Year.

Calgary, Alberta – December 31, 2013 – Best-selling author Elizabeth Potter, a professional organizer, specializing in small business, recently published an article discussing business strategy. The article, titled “Small Business Management: What Are Your Goals for 2014?” urges her readers to take this opportunity to think ahead to the New Year.

Potter writes “As the year winds down and we begin to look ahead to 2014, what better time to think about your goals and objectives for the New Year? I am a big believer in the power of setting goals, and I have seen my clients experience great success by doing just that.”

Elizabeth has a special talent that helps business owners work through their chaos and create simple systems unique to them through Systemized For Play Ltd (http://www.systemizedforplay.com/), formed in July 2010. Systemized for Play Ltd helps clients save time and money by offering office training, business organization, team building, and coaching, among other indispensible tools.

Potter has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates across the country as an expert guest on The Brian Tracy Show, and she has appeared in Forbes as one of America’s PremierExperts®. She has co-authored 2 Best-Selling books, “Cracking The Success Code” and  “Change Agents” with Brian Tracy. Both books hit over 5 separate Amazon Best-Seller lists upon release. Her next book with Steve Forbes called “Successonomics” will be out in print later next year.

Elizabeth Potter was in Forbes Magazine in February 2013 and recently accepted to be a regular contributor on Money For Lunch radio show.

The entire article can be found at http://www.systemizedforplay.com/articles/small-business-management-what-are-your-goals-for-2014.php.

About Elizabeth Potter:

Elizabeth Potter brings more than 25 years of experience with logistics, production, customer service and financing. Utilizing these skills, she opened her first company in 2007. As a professional organizer specializing in small business, she has built a reputation as a reliable, effective and proactive consultant. Elizabeth has worked with many small-business owners to create systems that help them understand and achieve greater efficiency and profitability.

Her largest project started in 2009 where she started LP Credit Resolution LLC (www.LPcreditresolution.com), a credit-buying company committed to helping at least 10,000 people with their credit. She has trained in the areas of computer science, economics, accounting software, business management, sales and marketing.  She is a proud member of the American Credit Association, CEO Space and is on the view point panel for the Business Development Bank of Canada.

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