Our friend Enoch Sears shares about his weekend near the beginning of the creek fire.

Well, this was an interesting Labor Day. Our high Sierras holiday stay was cut short due to the California Creek fire. As we drove up to the lake on Saturday to spend time in a friend’s cabin, we saw a plume of smoke and ash 15,000 feet high about 20 miles distant.
This was the same area where I took my two boys and nephews mountain biking last weekend:
Fortunately, we were far enough away to enjoy clear blue skies, but that changed on Sunday when the wind shifted and we were blanketed with ash and smoke. Should we head out immediately? Or stay the night and leave Monday morning? When you’re in relative comfort, it’s hard to face the reality of (possible) impending disaster. It’s like the human mind tricks us into thinking “we’ll be ok.” Like these lake goers:
Well, the decision was made for us on Sunday afternoon when a neighbor knocked on the door and told us that an evacuation order was issued. We packed up and headed home – getting out just before the main roads closed – glimpsing the fire burning on adjacent ridges as we drove past.
This got me to thinking about why it is important to invite others to do things. People at rest like to stay at rest, unless they have a good reason to move (or take action). Sometimes all it takes is a reminder. So … right now, I’m the neighbor knocking at your door. It’s time to book your SMART Practice discovery call. SMART Practice™ is Business of Architecture’s flagship program that helps busy architecture firm owners structure their practice for greater creative and financial success. Who is SMART Practice for? You may be a fit if you fall into one of these three categories: Mature, successful practices that are stuck at a plateau. Busy practice owners who are spread too thin, and want to build a powerful, trusted and efficient team. Early-stage practices who are good at what they do but feel something is missing. My invitation to you: Right now, there are figurative (and literal) fires burning in the world. I invite you to book a complimentary, 20-minute phone call with me so you can discover if implementing the SMART Practice Method™ is a fit for you. Don’t get caught on the mountain. There’s no charge or any obligation with this call, it is simply to understand some of the obstacles, challenges, aspirations and goals you may have with your business. After which, and with your permission, we can look at what else might be possible to further assist you and your team. Click here to fill out a brief survey and book a time to speak that works for you. Carpe diem, Enoch
Enoch Bartlett Sears AIA
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The Impact of a Small Business

I want to thank Mark Jones for inviting me to be a part of the Tri-County Janitorial team. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but since I have had the privilege to experience Mark’s heart and passion for both his employees and his clients, I have come to understand, admire and have great respect for the unique mission and vision of Tri-County Janitorial.
Since Mark understands what his clients expect and value, he is very intentional and selective about the people he hires to serve them. Therefore, my first responsibility was to review a host of resumes and set up interviews for Mark. I found it quite illuminating and educational as I watched Mark “mine” through each applicant’s information and develop a great question that would provide him with valuable insight.
After meeting several of Mark’s employees, I heard the respect they had for him and the appreciation for their work. One person said, “This is the first company I have ever worked for that actually gave me a raise that I didn’t even ask for!” I heard a new employee say, “I appreciate the fact that Mark trusts me and has confidence in me to do my job. It makes me feel valued.”
Although Tri-County Janitorial is not the largest janitorial service in the valley, the influence it is having on its employees, their families and the clients it serves is something to be admired. How many companies do you know of, where authentic mutual respect exists and where employees genuinely appreciate what they do?
For me, working at Tri-County Janitorial is literally life-changing. Easy? Not always, but worth every minute of my time!
Greg Munoz