ABOUT

About On Contract Only

On Contract Only

Putting the pieces together to create symbiosis and flow

On Contract Only

is about  providing services and products you need when you need them virtually

You'll benefit from my ability to cut to the heart of the issue, my creativity, knowledge and experience to work with you in getting things done or solving some issue.

I stay on the simple, straighforward road to save time, money and energy as well as achieve far more than staying stuck in meetings.


Solving Anything

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.  Thomas A. Edison

The secret to solving anything is not by meeting  and meeting and meeting and talking and talking and talking.  The secret is finding some possible solutions, communicating with everyone affected. have the intention of actually resolving the issue or creating what needs to be created.  Then, pick  ONE POSSIBLE SOLUTION.  RUN WITH IT.  COURSE CORRECT AS YOU GO.  People won't mind if they know that the course of action may change because no one expects a perfect option right out of the gate.  The solution may not be perfect but the right solution will evolve from taking this initial action. 

Outline some steps, assign those steps and TEST.  You'll find that you'll have to "course correct"or you may find that, part way through the process, the solution was wrong.  Good.  Try again.  That's the fun of discovery - figuring out what works and what doesn't so that, in the end, the best possible outcome happens.  But if all you do is meet and talk, the solution will never surface.

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."   Thomas A. Edison

I help individuals and groups pull the trigger and get started or complete projects and tasks that need to be done but where time, human resources or skills have been short.

 


Why Contract?

Fresh eyes, ears and viewpoint -  Everyone has had the experience of listening to someone else's problem and thinking of a solution.  Why?  Because people involved in the problem are problem focused and have difficulty seeing the solution. 

Cost Effectiveness - The cost, in the long run, is less expensive than hiring someone on staff. 

Unique Approach - Different knowledge and experiences present unique perspectives and approaches. 

Getting unstuck - The tendency of individuals and groups is to get stuck.  Get the work done - often, projects and tasks are delayed yet they need to be done.  Who will do them if you haven't the time?  For instance, manuals are often outdated yet, at some point, the content of the manuals will be important. 

Annual tasks completed - Life's best intentions are often  derailed by unpredictable occurrences.  Contracting assures  annual tasks are completed. 

Crunch solution - Get through the crunch - Time and volume of activities often conspire to create a crunch.  Someone is needed to relieve the pressure.  Isn't it great to have someone available and experienced to relieve the strain? 

Advice - Everyone needs good advice from time to time - good advice is invaluable.  We all need it from time to time to re-organize ourselves or find new ways of doing things. 

Research - Every single enterprise needs to research something at some point such as new software or new grants.  Contracting saves everyone a lot of time and energy while providing the necessary information on which to make an informed decision. 

Proofreading and Editing - did you ever find that, when the pressure is off and  you re-read  something you had written, the facts were incomplete or the flow was choppy, hard to read?  Under pressure, we want to get our applications, reports and other presentations done - we make mistakes.  What if someone was available to proofread and edit your copy before you sent it on?  Could you avoid some costly mistakes? 

On Retainer - Isn't it nice when you know you can call someone for help?  Contracting someone on a retainer basis does just that - a regular fee for services to be rendered for so many hours per month means you have that someone available without the costs of hiring an employee - space, phone, desk, computer, payroll, vacation, resources, benefits, etc

 


Virtual Services and Products

I offer services including virtual as needed services, consulting, facilitation, coaching

and

products including podcasts and online courses


Why? 

Because I like to help people and groups succeed.  Sometimes people just need a little boost and inspiration to move forward and sometimes someone to do the actual work is needed temporarily.

Most of the time the group can work out the solution but need a catalyst to provide people with the confidence to move forward and the tools to maintain the momentum.    Contracting is a great way to get that help without incurring the  high costs of hiring and keeping people on payroll.

Tasks left incomplete or unattended for a long time become a problem.  Ignoring the work won't make it go away yet no one on the team has the time. How do you get these tasks done?

I know from experience that the worst possible occurrences happen when we can least afford it.  For instance, a key employee quits and leaves the community or  a critical your proposal needs proofreading but everyone is too busy to take the time.  You need someone with knowledge and experience to get the job done now.  That's where I come in. 

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison


What's my Background?

My background is eclectic and some would even call it uncommon.  I worked my way up into senior management roles.  My career has taken me into many industries:  medicine, law, mining, performing and visual arts,   multi-faceted billion-dollar corporations, seniors activity and care,  adult education, self-development and coaching.  Within these industries, I made sure to learn as much as I could and acquire new, sometimes, unrelated skills. 

I learned a lot from working in all those industries - the differences and the similarities.   I had many successes and made mistakes - big and small - along the way from which I learned important lessons.  I want to share that acquired knowledge to help others.

I'm a lifelong learner, curious and interested in  many topics.  What great gifts my teachers have given me!  I am now passing on what I have learned through the aforementioned services.

 

communicating person to personProblem solving is incredibly fun and energizing when everyone involved truly want to find a solution! 

Getting the help you need when you need it will lower your stress levels and improve your success ratio.

Don't wait another minute - email me today - click here

 

Lorraine Arams
On Contract Only

 

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