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  You walk into Nicky’s office and everything is in it’s place. The desk top contains the one project he is working on. The desk top needs dusting regularly because you can see the nice wood finish. What do you think or feel about Nicky?

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  How about Sara’s office? The desk has creative piles of different heights stacked everywhere. No need to ever dust since the desk top never sees the light or dust of day! What do you think or feel about Sara?

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  Rename the players to Neat Nicky and Sloppy Sara. Was your reaction to Nicky one of envy, repulsion or both? Do you think his organization and focus help him be productive, or is he too rigid and focused on neatness at the expense of the subject at hand? Do you think of Sara and then shake your head in disbelief or resonate with her “creative” approach? Do you think her sloppiness is also a reflection of the quality of work she produces? Would you question if she remembers what you discussed or if she could ever find the key data you left with her? Would you choose to do business with her?



Perception is reality. Your system may work fine for you. Don’t forget, however, if you are in contact with other co-workers or clients, the neatness or your desk may spill over to their perception (right or wrong) of the quality of work you provide. Ask others how they are affected by your habits. If they are positively impacted, keep up the good work. If they are negatively impacted, consider some changes.


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