Feng Shui Your Business: Create a Corporate Boardroom for Global Success

We live in a global economy and, for many U.S. businesses, videoconferencing helps bridge the gap with our neighbors to the East. Now, more than ever, it's important to design a corporate boardroom that will optimize your opportunities, promote a positive flow of chi, and encourage business success.

Here are a few Feng Shui tips to help you create a better boardroom for your business.

1. Select your conference room location carefully - Conference rooms should not be situated next to stairs, elevators or bathrooms, and they should not be the first thing you see when you enter an office building.

2. Make sure the room is big enough. - The room should comfortably hold a large, round or oval table with plenty of room around it for clearance behind chairs. Mirrors can be used to visually expand a space if the room is smaller than desired.

3. The executive or meeting head should be in the command position, with a view of the door but not directly in line with the door, from the head of the table.

4. Avoid sharp corners and angles on walls or furniture, as these expel “killing” (sha) chi that can cause health problems, reduce productivity and cause misfortune. Some points can be softened by placing plants in front of or on top of tables.

5. Streamline technology. Messy wires, broken equipment or old technology that has outlived its useful lifespan diminishes productivity while sending a message that the business may be struggling and cannot afford better. Consider new equipment, with wires hidden to reduce electronic clutter. While it's understandable that a conference room will have visible technology, consider equipment cabinets to hide equipment when it's not in use, as electronics emit extensive life energy that can inhibit focus, cause distraction and slow down decision-making.
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5 Feng Shui Tips for Choosing New Office Space

When you're choosing office space to launch a new business or to relocate, it can be a daunting prospect.

A lot of factors come in to play, including your budget, the location of top talent for your industry, the cost-of-living, average salaries in the area and, of course, the business itself.

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Feng Shui Your Business For Rapid Growth and Increased Profits

Are you an entrepreneur, independent contractor or small business owner whose business is not growing as fast as you'd like? For centuries, business owners and other professionals have used Feng Shui to increase their fortune and achieve their business goals.

When you bring your outer environment into alignment with your inner desires, you'll be amazed at the results. This month, OmTimes gave me the opportunity to share an amazing Feng Shui success story with their readers.

Click this link to find out, step-by-step, how a New York City photographer harnessed the power of Feng Shui to grow his business. By changing the placement of the stove when he renovated his NYC apartment, directing chi to the Fame and Recognition trigram of his home, and adding fresh fruit and flowers to his living space, he put the wheels in motion for great success. That year, he began winning national awards for his children's photography, while word-of-mouth referrals for his business began to take off.

Opening Doors to Opportunity

The most important thing for a small business owner is not necessarily awards, referrals or even income -- it's opportunities. Given the right opportunities, anyone can achieve their dreams. This rare, complete Feng Shui case study published in OmTimes shows how Feng Shui opens doors to opportunities, which home owners and apartment dwellers can then walk through to achieve their goals with ease. And you can do it too!

After reading Michael Jurick's story, if you're inspired to learn more, call me to find out how you can have an in-person Feng Shui consultation to put you on the path to greater success in your business, career, love life and more.
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Feng Shui for Business: Host a Sidewalk Sale to Welcome Customers

In a previous post, I talked about how frustrating it is to try to enter a business and realize that one of the front doors is locked.

You can welcome opportunity, positive chi and buying customers into your business with a Feng Shui entryway that includes a clean, unlocked front door and a wide open path into your business.

As the whether gets nicer, you may want to attract people by tossing both doors wide open, putting a rack outside, and hosting a sidewalk sale. Nothing says “come in” better than discount prices and enticing merchandise on your front sidewalk. Make sure you don't actually block your door with the sale merchandise; leave a clear path for entry.

More Feng Shui Tips for a Retail Business

- When you place your sidewalk sale signs, make sure they are neat and professional. Blue backgrounds with bold print convey a sense of trustworthiness, as does blue type on a white background. (Check out the #1 Internet retailer, Amazon.) Red is also an auspicious color. Make sure everything is spelled correctly in order to make a positive first impression.

- The merchandise you display can be in colors drawn from nature or in bold, eye-catching colors like red (or a mix of the two). These will catch the attention of passersby and encourage them to make a purchase.

- Do everything you can to keep the area in front of your store neat and attractive. Pick up garbage and debris, and, if possible, place flowers or live plants near the entryway of your store.

Ready to use Feng Shui to improve your business? I offer commercial Feng Shui consultations for land selection, office leasing or purchase, or existing retail or office space. Learn more today!
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Feng Shui for Business Owners: Are You Locking Out Success?

“Please use other door.”

How many times have you seen this sign on the front door of a business? The well-meaning business owners who put up the sign to direct the flow of traffic may not realize they are blocking opportunities and possibly frustrating customers.

Even worse is when there's no sign at all, and you try to pull a door open, only to find it locked.

Or how about this: An enticing piece of merchandise catches your eye, so you try to walk inside a little New York City boutique. Then you see a hand-printed, tattered sign on a 8.5 X 11 paper that says, “Go around back.” (Or there's no sign and you have to figure it out yourself.) What is your mindset like now? Do you still feel like buying the piece that originally attracted your attention?

Locked Doors Block Chi -- and Customers

Locking the doors to a business that is supposed to be open and welcoming to customers is not good Feng Shui. It won't help attraction opportunities into a business. By all means, lock your doors at night and use a security gate, but when you're open for business, show the world you're open.

Follow these other fast and easy Feng Shui tips to make sure your retail shop always entices customers and opportunity:

- Keep the glass on your front door and windows clean and fingerprint-free so customers can see inside.

- Welcome shoppers with attractive window displays.

- Don't block too much of the view into the store; let customers see inside so they'll want to come inside.

- Have a clear path inside your store's front entryway that invites visitors to walk in and browse.

Ready to take your business to the next level? I offer commercial Feng Shui consultations for land selection or existing retail or office space. Contact me today to find out more!
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Feng Shui Office Tips: 3 Reasons a Paperless Office is Good Feng Shui

The idea of going paper-less in the workplace is great -- especially during tax season when we may realize just how much paper we accumulate. Books are going digital; bill-paying can be largely digital; and when you consider it, a paperless office follows Feng Shui principles.

Paper documents require more actions and decisions than those stored in cyberspace. They take up physical space, have to be moved around and eventually thrown out or stored. Much of that is wasted energy.

1. Productivity –  A Feng Shui office is a place of productivity, creativity and prosperity. If you are distracted by papers on your desk that require energy, you are not focusing your valuable resources on the important aspects your work. The chi flow of creative energy will be stifled. Having your space full of piles of paper that need action can make you feel stuck and non-productive.

2.    Paper storage solutions produce sha chi – The sharp corners of most filing cabinets create sha chi, or killing energy, which can hamper your productivity and even create health problems. In addition, filing cabinets store years of past documents and memories; hanging on to these things can keep us from living fully in the moment.

3. Holding on to negative energy – Paper is the worst offender of cluttering your workspace. Removing clutter is a basic tenet of Feng Shui. Air and room for the flow of chi will increase all the positive aspects of a productive, healthy office.

Learn more about tricks to make your workplace more productive; read Feng Shui Secrets: What Everyone Should Know About How to Be Successful with Feng Shui. Click (http://www.kenlauher.com/fengshuisecrets/) here for your free trial!
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Feng Shui Office Tips - Feeling Stuck: What’s Under Your Desk?

In today’s office environment, there is very little personal work space, especially if you occupy a cubicle. Are you prone to stuffing things under your desk that you have no room for or haven’t had time to put away? In addition to creating a cramped area, it can create an environment that’s not healthy for you physically or psychologically.

It can be even worse if you have a home office, own your own business or frequently telecommute. After all, there's no cleaning staff that has to vacuum under the desk and no boss setting standards for cleanliness.

Keeping the area under your desk clean and free of clutter gives you room to move and stretch your legs, which means you will also stretch your mind. You'll feel more productive and experience enhanced creativity.

Sit Healthy

You should be able to sit up straight in your office chair, to easily see your computer monitor and have room for your feet. This isn’t possible if you’re scrunching at an odd angle to avoid your under-desk mountain of stuff.  Being uncomfortable while sitting can cause numerous health problems, particularly in your back, neck and head.

Are you Feeling Stuck?

In addition to potential health problems, having things under your desk (especially computer equipment, books, shoes or a wastebasket) can have the psychological effect of making you feel stuck. This could translate to how you feel about your career opportunities and whether your work is fulfilling.

There are plenty of distractions in the workplace. You want to be free to focus your attention on working productively and meeting your goals. Not only could the mound under your desk be constraining you, it is a constant reminder of clutter and unfinished tasks. This is also restricting the flow of chi in your work area. The energy from that flows should help you to move forward.

Creative Solutions

One way to tackle your clutter is to find creative ways to organize or dispense with it. If you simply need to take the time to walk to the shredder with a pile of paper, just do it. You will feel lighter. The act of organizing the under-desk items will also have an energizing effect. Don’t feel confined to boring office- supply solutions like file folders. Bring in baskets, bowls, antique wooden trays or other unexpected, decorative elements to organize your things that will also make you feel good about your workspace.

Learn more about Feng Shui in your office space in my new eBook, Feng Shui Secrets: What Everyone Should Know About How to Be Successful with Feng Shui. Click here to get your copy now.
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Feng Shui Basics: Is the Interior or Exterior of a Building More Important?

A lot of Feng Shui tips and advice focus on a home or apartment's interior elements, where the furniture is placed, if the chi can flow freely from room-to-room, and whether the front entrance lets in opportunities or blocks the flow of chi for a home's inhabitants.

But a home, apartment or office building's exterior is equally important -- and perhaps more so. It can be very difficult to change a home's exterior Feng Shui elements, including the shape of the land, the surrounding structures, and the overall health of the property.

It's important to consider these factors in Feng Shui, to look for remedies if the exterior Feng Shui principles are hampering your success in life, and to especially consider them if you are buying a new home.

Here are some things to consider when assessing the Feng Shui of a property:

- Is the property of a regular shape -- square or rectangular?
- Could any mountains, bridges or large buildings block opportunities and make the home's inhabitants feel blocked, stuck, or stagnant?
- What buildings surround the property?
- Is the property filled with lots of healthy life chi, including long-lived (but healthy!) trees, vibrant plants and flowers, and animals with bright, shiny coats and lots of energy?
- Is the home similar to surrounding homes?
- Are water elements nearby? This is good Feng Shui, unless the element is a drain, which is bad.
- What sort of street is the home on? Avoid a house at the end of a t-intersection or in a cul-de-sac.

If the exterior of a home has good Feng Shui, it's a lot easier to change internal features and it can also lead to better chi within the home.

If you're concerned about the exterior of a home or apartment you are considering buying, I can help with a Feng Shui consultation for home selection.
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Five Things to Know When You Feng Shui Your Entrance

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the best way to Feng Shui an entrance and to lay the Ba Gua out over a home, apartment, or an office building. Here are five easy-to-follow tips regarding a Feng Shui front entrance. This should clear up some things when you begin to use Feng Shui to bring your environment into better alignment with your life goals.

1. In a house, your front entrance is always the main, front entrance to your home as the architect intended it -- even if you primarily use another entrance. You should make every effort to enter through the front door, since this is the primary way energy also enters your home.

2. In a duplex or townhouse, your front entrance is the main entrance to your individual unit.

3. In an apartment building, your front entrance is the main door to your apartment -- not the main entrance in to the building. This should be considered as a secondary entrance. When you Feng Shui your entrance in an apartment, consider the door you enter your apartment by.

4. When you lay the Ba Gua over a home, do not include garages, sunporches or other add-on areas that are not main living space. Lay the Ba Gua over the main level of a home, and then, separately, over other levels. You can reinforce your good fortune by activating chi in the trigrams of different levels of your home.

5. When you lay the Ba Gua over your apartment's floor plan, consider only your living space, not the building as a whole.
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Feng Shui Office Colors for Success

We recently talked about selecting a new office using Feng Shui basic principles. If you're re-decorating your current office space, or painting an office where you just moved in, the best Feng Shui colors for your office depend on the industry and business you're in.

It's important to consider the type of environment you want to create through the use of Feng Shui colors in an office space.

Do you need a creative, yang space where lots of high-energy work will be completed -- such as a retail venue, investment office, or advertising agency?

Or do you need a relaxing environment, like you might find in a therapist's office? Are you highly involved in sales within the office so you want the space to appeal to a broad range of people?

Or are you a bookkeeping and tax firm, where you want to convey a sense of responsibility and keep your employees highly focused on their tasks?

Here are some common types of businesses and the colors best suited to that profession:

Accounting firm: white or yellow to promote concentration and wealth

Investment firm: Same as above, or blue or green for trust and opportunities

Bank: White or beige

Artist's studio/graphic design agency/creative environment: multiple colors, bright colors, or all-black or all-white, for concentration and creativity

Lawyer's office: white, beige, yellow, green, blue, grey or black

Academic's office: Dark colors for intelligence and concentration

Doctor's office: calming colors that enhance trust, such as blue, green, purple, pink or white (for cleanliness)

Therapist's office: White (for purity and stability) or multi-colored, to appeal to a wide range of people
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