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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Kiplinger Books; 2nd edition (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938721585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938721581
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Barbara spent a morning in my store helping me to organize my office. I like going into my office now. Thanks to Barbara Hemphill, I'm in charge and the paper tiger is in the cage (well actually it's in its file). -- Elaine Petrocelli President, Book Passage, Corte Madera, California

"Entrepreneurs everywhere will find Taming the Paper Tiger at Work an incredibly effective tool for dealing with all the 'stuff' and 'messes' a business creates, freeing them up to focus on achieving their goals." -- Dan Sullivan The Strategic Coach

"Once again Barbara Hemphill demonstrates why she is a leading authority in the organizing industry, a field she pioneered and continues to define. Taming the Paper Tiger at Work is the office organizing handbook for the new millennium." -- Gloria K. Ritter President, National Association of Professional Organizers

"Taming the Paper Tiger at Work is must reading for anyone who agonizes over what to keep, where to keep it and how to find it. It provides practical strategies on organizing any office to reduce stress and become more productive." -- Daniel Burrus Author, Technotrends

"This book is a road map to developing your own personal style of organization. Barbara Hemphill explodes the myth of the paperless office. We now have the burden of too much information. She tells us how to manage and reduce that burden." -- Chuck Cochran Director, Administration of Finance, National Governor's Association

What people are saying about Taming the Paper Tiger at Work "A valuable tool for anyone who works in an office, whether a corner suite or a corner of the kitchen. Clear, practical and in touch with today's work environment" -- Thomas C. Nelson, PhD. Director, Field Services Division, AARP

From the Publisher

Most people have an area they'd like to get "more organized." At work, it could be a desk buried in phone messages, memos and work-in-progress, overstuffed file cabinets or indecipherable computer files. At home, maybe it's a dining room table laden with bills and receipts, a pile of articles waiting to be read or photographs that need labeling. No matter what the situation, Barbara Hemphill has the practical solution to help control these "Paper Tigers."

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
Some are blessed with amazing organizational abiities.
Some of us are organizationally impaired ... or go through spurts of organization followed by piles of paper and inefficiency.
Hemphill's "Paper Tiger" takes you through the steps of organizing information from the philosophical ("Clutter is postponed decisions") to the practical (setting up filing systems, organizing computer files) to the special circumstances (attending conventions, sharing offices, working on the road or home).
She offers concrete, easy to remember tips for getting started (think F*A*T for each piece of paper), and then provides info on more complex tasks. You can pick up this book, turn to the sections that apply to you, or read it all the way through. Regardless of how you use the book, or the level of your organizational skills, you'll gain valuable tips for getting better organized.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was not near as bad as some of the cases Barbara describes in her books, but I was pretty pathetic! I was over a year behind reconciling my checkbook, paid bills late and my finances were in a mess, because my home papers were in such disarray! I felt so out of control, I didn't know where to start. I finally spent a weekend going through 7 boxes of papers I'd moved around for years, set up files, etc. Then I found Taming the Paper Tiger. Barbara covered things from setting up a workable space to how to organize action and storage files. I now have a terrific credit rating, run the family budget, have NO stacks of unidentifiable papers, mail greeting cards timely, and even get photos mailed out to the inlaws. I have recommended this book to several friends and family members. You simply cannot run your life successfully without managing your papers. God bless Barbara Hemphill!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Fusun Akman on November 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have read at least a dozen books on how to get organized, at work or in general. As a professional with a private office, I have found this book the most helpful, inspirational, and practical among those. The language is neither condescending nor folksy; the principles are clearly stated and summarized; and all advice is eminently applicable. Now I have all my office files in half a drawer and I can produce any document within seconds. The author does not require you to clean up your office in one day: you are allowed to start from today's paper piles and work backwards as needed. We procrastinators are now officially out of excuses.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Fulton Calvery on June 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
It takes time but going through the process outlined for filing information has helped. I have organized my files, both paper and computer, so I can find things in seconds instead of hours or days.
I would have given the book 5 stars but I thought there was a little "fluff" added that wasn't neccesary.
Overall a great book for those who tend to need some help getting organized at work.
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More About the Author

Barbara Hemphill, CPO® started her career as a residential organizing consultant in 1978 in New York City. She quickly observed that paper was the number one organizing challenge in the American household. Today, she is the CEO of Productive Environment Institute which helps companies manage information so employees can accomplish their work and enjoy their lives.

Frequently referred to as "The Paper Tiger Lady" and "America's Favorite Organizer", Barbara is the author of Kiplinger's bestselling "Taming the Paper Tiger" book series, "Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Life Forever, and Bushido Business, co-authored with Stephen M.R. Covey, Tom Hopkins, and Brian Tracy. She has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America, and in Reader's Digest, USA Today, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, The New York Times, Real Simple, and Guideposts. She has served as president of National Association of Professional Organizers, and president of Washington DC chapter of National Speakers Association.

Barbara has lived in the West Indies, India, New York City, and Washington, DC. While living in India, she adopted three children. She is the also the mother of two stepchildren, and has four grandchildren. She resides in Raleigh, North Carolina on 70 acres of woods overlooking a 30-acre lake where people love to visit to see whether she practices what she preaches!