Can You Love a Sloppy Business? I once wrote an article entitled "Learning to Love a Sloppy Business." I pointed out that it's an odd viewpoint from an M.B.A. and business school professor who digs down into spreadsheets on a weekly basis trying to find absolute truth in data. But for small...
What Do Designers Manage? The word "manager" is not exactly music to the ears of most interior design firm principals. It sounds so corporate when they view themselves more as artists, or at least as creative craftsmen. But the complexity of the business, and the addition of staff can quickly lead to...
I just spiraled out of control. Again. And to the best of my knowledge, there is no rehab center for my addiction. Me! The one who studies and preaches focus, simplicity, and strategy. The one who rails against the evils of complexity, the nefarious buildup of "dark matter," and the...
Want to know how your business works, or doesn’t work? Get out an invoice.  I recently consulted with a fairly large firm that is really three separate interior design firms being operated under one brand and one roof. (Residential, Hospitality, and Model homes.) To try and figure out what resources could...
Three Stages of Interior Design Management There are three stages of evolution that interior designers who wish to build a thriving firm must go through. The first is hanging in there long enough as a sole practitioner to even consider growing your firm. And to be sure, there is...

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