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October 2018

Jack Of All Trades,Master Of None

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“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee

My father, a city manager, worked long days, waking up each morning at 5 AM and not coming home most evenings until dark. I remember asking him, “Dad- were you always a morning person?” He wasn’t. He woke up early so that he had time for himself- uninterrupted and uncompromised. He’d work all week, often coming home after council meetings, late in the evening, and would still make time to help my brother and I with homework, and to eat supper that my mom had kept warm in the oven for him.

But when it came to the weekend, Dad tried his hand at renovations. An accountant by trade, he was meticulous with his work. But when it came to completing a floor install, tiling, or other handiwork, he rushed. He had to complete the job by Sunday night, or resume it the next weekend. Usually, it was the former. Mistakes were made. The weekend warrior jobsite would get messy. The end work was usually decent from an undiscerning eye. But it was flawed, and the more you looked at it, the more you started to notice things that distance could not camouflage.

I could ask a butcher to bake bread, but why wouldn’t I just wait for the baker?

A carpenter would have measured 2 or 3 times, and cut once. They’d be as meticulous with their craft as my father would’ve been with a budget.

You can find 26 people willing to clean your office, job site, or facilities by looking in the classified ads. You can also put a screw into a board with a hammer. Just because you can, it doesn’t mean that you should. Or you could just hire Sparkling Clean Canada, with over 26 years of experience, plying their trade for passion, not a quick buck. Dedication, attention to detail, a disciplined work ethic, and the relentless pursuit of perfection.

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What Your Work Space Says About You

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For over 26 years, Sparkling Clean Canada has assisted numerous commercial spaces in the Edmonton area with professional, high quality cleaning services.  In addition to being a Better Business Bureau A+ business, they’re also ISSA Canada certified.  What does that mean to the consumer?  A governing body that oversees partnered and accredited businesses by being held to the highest standards of knowledge, training, prevention and professionalism.

My desk is covered with papers.  Stacks of papers.  Post-It notes strewn about, with files that I have yet to catalogue and put away.  It’s organized chaos, but it’s messy, not dirty.  While staying overnight at a hotel, I may be shuffling through my suitcase and my toiletries, leaving my belongings in disarray.  If one were to see these messes, they may decide to internalize a drugstore psychology, usually reserved for columns or quizzes in tabloid magazines at supermarket checkout lanes.  This isn’t filth, after all.  It’s a mess.  One that we can all agree to turn a blind eye to and live with.

It’s our mess.  But what happens when the mess is visible to the public, or to internal customers (staff)?  Does it reduce our perceptions of professionalism and order in the workplace?  Do we make assumptions based on these impressions, that this is not a place of order, and that perhaps the management doesn’t have a handle on things?  If they’re this messy, then how filthy is the business likely to be?

A clean space creates an atmosphere of calm.  When you see the front desk of a business and it’s clean and free of clutter- we buy into their supposed professionalism.  A clean washroom suggests that other areas will be cleaner, leaving us to less worry about our health risks, due to exposure to contaminants or harmful bacteria.  Clean windows; dust free surfaces, carpets free of odors… all of this helps create the luster of a friendly, professional environment.  One that I’d happily re-visit.

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