Office Operations

Why This Topic?

Putting to use what I have learned to help others  turn operational dysfunction into a highly productive, positive workplaces

Passion for Creating Great Working Environments and the Love of Training

My opportunity to learn about great operations came in a non-profit - the brainchild of a highly successful entrepreneur whose first love was the performing arts.  He made his fortune in business in Belgium, Africa, and here in Canada. 

Sitting at the stock exchange, schmoozing with the "locals" and building up a reputation as an effective businessman, he built and developed an impressive import business landing exclusive contracts with major retailers.  He knew how to do it all.  He bought the mansion, the cars and set up financial options to keep his family comfortable and without wants. He then focused on his first love - the performing arts and created an umbrella of non-profits like this Province had never seen and will never see again. 

I came in just as he was starting out in his new ventures. - a small operation.  However, he pioneered more and more non-profits.   And it is how I developed my passion for effective and efficient operations as the one organization grew to five operations plus annual projects.  He was willing to teach me everything - and I mean everything.

If you've ever worked for a creative entrepreneur, you know how incredibly intense each new venture is - there was no time to waste and every single job had to count and support every other job.  Though he financially backed the non-profits to some extent, he never wasted money.  And he never let operations get out of control either.  He knew his numbers and could interact on par with any businessman no matter the enterprise.

As for me, he could see my potential and understood my work ethic -  he taught me and had me experience everything - accounting, budgeting, reporting, hiring, structures, processes and procedures, promotions, equipment re-tooling, advertising, fundraising, sales, management - I did it all eventually as he prepared me for the future.  

The huge impact of constantly creating new programs and new societies meant there was no room for wasting time, energy, and resources.  I learned.  And I became very good at "fixing" impoverished operations in other enterprises, something most people could not comprehend.  If the new employers allowed me to do it, they loved the results during the time I worked in their group and after I left.  Why?  The effective operations stuck. The foundations were strong and change without overhauls.

So now, here I am online - helping people with their operations to relieve the stress, the chaos and create positive workplaces - happy places where people love to get up and go to work.  They love being at work and love to participate.  Does it take work?  You bet but the results are worth the efforts for everyone concerned. There are many facets to creating a great workplace - equipment, systems, processes, procedures, and the complexity of humans, strangers coming together to make things happen.

Are you willing to eliminate the chaos, stress, lack of functional workflows, and poor productivity?
Whether big business, government, small business or non-profits - I've worked in them all - there's a lot of waste - waste of all kinds of resources every single day - human resources, equipment, time, energy, productivity and just plain sacrificing the pure enjoyment of accomplishment
I offer you the opportunity to change - utilizing my innate talent and experience to help you.

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Is your enterprise important enough to care?

Lorraine Arams



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