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|You've just welcomed your first guests for your annual holiday party. As you usher them into your living room , Wanda, the wife of your very best customer, looks down to her feet. Your eyes follow hers - and you are mortified. Right there, on the carpet you decided didn't need cleaning until after the first of the year, is - we hate to say it - a stain. You thought no one would notice it in the soft lighting you've chosen for the evening. And, you were wrong.
Ack! We don't want this to happen to you , either. So, let's review a few guidelines (other than a stain, that is, which makes it obvious) to help you decide if your carpets cleaning needs done before the holidays.
First, ask yourself a few questions:
> Do you have pets? How many? Generally, the more pets and the bigger they are , the more often carpets cleaning needs done. We suggest every three to six months.
> Does anyone living in the house suffer from allergies? If so, we suggest you clean your carpets two to three times a year.
> How many people live in the home? Do people wear shoes in the house? If there is a lot of foot traffic, chances are there are wear patterns that will develop, if the carpet is soiled. Do you have children who do a lot of running around? Again, three to six months.
> How often do you vacuum the carpet? The better care the carpet receives between cleanings, the less often it needs to be cleaned. We suggest vacuuming at least twice a week.
> Are there smokers in the house? If so , we suggest cleaning your carpets every three to six months.
So, here's the bottom line: If you live by yourself, you probably need to clean your carpets just once a year. But if you have pets, children or if you smoke, we think cleaning them every three to six months is a good idea. If, on the other hand , your flooring includes wood or tile that gets heavy traffic, this would alleviate the stress on the carpet, making less frequent cleanings advisable.
It's also important to know what your carpet's warranty requires: one cleaning per year, two? Find out. And, it's important to know that each of your carpets might need to be cleaned differently, depending on how each is made. A cheaper carpet , for example, should not be cleaned as often as a more expensive one; it just can't handle being handled like more expensive carpeting can.
So, do Wanda, and yourself, a favor. Consider cleaning those carpets before the holiday season to give you, your family and your guests the best possible chance of enjoying a happy holiday season. Dogs , kids, smoke, allergies and all that dancing you do on the weekends could be taking their toll - and leaving a lasting impression. Check out your calendar - it might just be time to give us a call!
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Innovation Management ?the time factor Business Articles | May 9, 2005
no matter how good an idea, how good the selection process or how perfect the development and commercialisation of the product, sometimes all that is needed is time for the product to come into its own.
Creativity can be defined as problem identification and idea generation whilst innovation can be defined as idea selection, development and commercialisation.
There are distinct processes that enhance problem identification and idea generation and , similarly, distinct processes that enhance idea selection, development and commercialisation. Whilst there is no sure fire route to commercial success, these processes improve the probability that good ideas will be generated and selected and that investment in developing and commercialising those ideas will not be wasted.
However, no matter how good an idea, how good the selection process or how perfect the development and commercialisation of the product , sometimes all that is needed is time for the product to come into its own.
A good example is the electric car. In the early 20th century the electric car scored highly on measurements such technical superiority and environmental friendliness and in New York fleets of electric taxis carried passengers across the city. At the time the internal combustion engine was cranky and unreliable yet it eventually usurped it?s rival (Franklin, 2003). The prospect of diminishing and high oil prices and environmental concerns are resulting in the return of the electric car.
The time factor is one of the elements of the S-curve ? a model for determining the impediments that a product may face on its route to commercial success.
These topics are covered in depth in the MBA dissertation on Managing Creativity & Innovation, which can be purchased (along with a Creativity and Innovation DIY Audit, G.