Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

July 24th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Architecture Firms End Second Quarter On a Strong Note
For the fifth consecutive month, architecture firms recorded increasing demand for design services as reflected in the June Architecture Billings Index (ABI). As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI score was 54.2, up from a score of 53.0 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.6, down from a reading of 62.4 the previous month, while the new design contracts index decreased from 54.8 to 53.7.

“So far this year, new activity coming into architecture firms has generally exceeded their ability to complete ongoing projects,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Now, firms seem to be ramping up enough to manage these growing workloads. www.aia.org

Promising Cities for Commercial Real Estate
Atlanta Number 1! | “Commercial real estate in the U.S. is at a turning point, with primary markets like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco showing signs of overheating—that’s according to online marketplace for real-estate investments RealtyMogul.com. As is common in this phase of a real-estate cycle, secondary and tertiary markets across the country are where the new action is, the firm claims. So Barron’s Penta asked its real-estate team to identify the top commercial real-estate markets that high-net-worth investors should be looking at. Here they are, in order of preference.” www.barrons.com

5 Unusual Facts About Google’s Odd (and Wildly Successful) Management Practices
One of the things I truly admire about Google’s management approach is that, like the rest of Google, its HR leaders look at real-world data to engineer the company’s people practices and guide their decisions.

Is it any wonder, as odd and counterintuitive as some of Google’s practices may be to the outside world, it’s been ranked the No. 1 place to work for the eighth time in 11 years?

Laszlo Bock, Google’s former HR boss, has shared extensively in book form and various media outlets about Google’s leadership and people practices. Here are my favorites that stand out…” www.inc.com

Disruptors Target Real Estate
“Real estate is an enticing market for tech companies, but not without challenges to adoption. The industry is replete with complex and antiquated ways of doing things that could be simplified and streamlined by tech. Much of the information in real estate is locked down and unstructured.” www.bizjournals.com

This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Is a Master Class in Emotional Intelligence
Tesla, the electric-automobile manufacturer led by famed CEO Elon Musk, has struggled mightily with safety over the past few years. California nonprofit Worksafe, a worker safety advocacy group, recently made headlines when it reported that the injury rate at Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant was more than 30 percent higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015.

Musk insists, however, that safety is the number one priority at Tesla. He claims that recent actions, like the company’s hiring thousands of employees to create a third shift and reduce excess overtime, have made a major impact in lowering the injury rate.

A recent email Musk sent to employees indicates just how seriously he’s taking the issue:” www.inc.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

July 17th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

The Coolest, Most Fun And On-Brand Office I’ve Seen Yet: Desigual’s Headquarters In Barcelona
“The nature of my work has enabled me to visit many offices of creative companies around the world.  I’ve never seen one I’d want to work in more than the Desigual fashion brand’s 4-year old beachfront headquarters on the Mediterranean in Barcelona’s Barceloneta neighborhood.  Many aspects of the building are great for motivating teams to want to do their best work. Employees say they feel privileged to work there.  I would too!  Desigual means “unequal” in Spanish: a good descriptor for the asymmetric design that’s the brand’s hallmark.  The brand, through its design sensibility, makes customers feel unique and a little quirky in a good, colorful way that enables them/us (I’m one) to express our own identities.  Wearers of Desigual clothes feel a little more special in them.  I do.  The headquarters captures that unique spirit.  It’s a happy place.. www.forbes.com

This Will Help You Decide If You Should Delete LinkedIn Connections You Don’t Know
“Maybe you ended up in this situation because it was a strategic move, you wanted to be more closely connected to recruiters or people at your dream company. Or maybe you think the whole point is to build out your network with new people. Maybe someone had a ton of mutual contacts, wrote you a personalized note or just had a really cool job title.

The list goes on, but the point is: You’re probably connected to quite a few strangers on LinkedIn. And more often than not, you probably wonder: Does it make more sense to stay connected or delete them?” www.forbes.com

11 Places you Should Never Use a Debit Card
A lot of people stick with a debit card as a way to control their spending and avoid racking up big credit card debt — since with debit, you can’t spend what you don’t have. And in the aftermath of the Great Recession, that strategy became a very popular one as many people had to rethink their spending routine.

When you only use a debit card, it forces you to limit your spending to however much is sitting in your checking account.

But debit cards are full of hidden dangers — and these dangers are often the same aspects that make them an appealing alternative to credit cards — like only being able to spend what’s in your account.” www.ajc.com

Thomas Jefferson And Three Keys To Persuasion
Thomas Jefferson would have been comfortable on Twitter. He would have been really good at writing short, provocative tweets that make people think differently.

Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence is the most persuasive document in American history. Its creation contains valuable lessons for any leader who wants to sell ideas more effectively.” www.forbes.com

 

This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Is a Master Class in Emotional Intelligence
Tesla, the electric-automobile manufacturer led by famed CEO Elon Musk, has struggled mightily with safety over the past few years. California nonprofit Worksafe, a worker safety advocacy group, recently made headlines when it reported that the injury rate at Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant was more than 30 percent higher than the industry average in 2014 and 2015.

Musk insists, however, that safety is the number one priority at Tesla. He claims that recent actions, like the company’s hiring thousands of employees to create a third shift and reduce excess overtime, have made a major impact in lowering the injury rate.

A recent email Musk sent to employees indicates just how seriously he’s taking the issue:” www.inc.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

July 10th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Duke Long’s 2017 List of 150 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Connect With On LinkedIn
Honored to be on Duke’s list! www.dukelong.com

Why Company Leaders Need To Distribute Their Own Content
“Imagine receiving a birthday card from your mom. It’s written in third person — and not as a joke. “Mary wishes you a wonderful day. She wants you to celebrate the day of your birth.” It’s signed in one of those faux handwriting fonts that don’t fool anyone into believing you actually signed it yourself. With resignation, you tell yourself that at least it isn’t Comic Sans.

It feels weird, impersonal, and cold.

Now, transfer your reaction to this imaginary touchpoint between you and your mom to the actual touchpoints between your brand and your audience. Your audience hears tons about your organization from top to bottom, all thanks to the hard work your marketing team puts into your content distribution strategy.

But if your audience never hears from you as a leader; you’re just a nameless, faceless founder barricaded behind a frosted glass door. That impersonal image won’t help you build better relationships, knock down trust barriers, or become a leader in your industry.” www.forbes.com

Motivating Employees Is Not About Carrots or Sticks
“The bottom line is: Don’t rely on outdated methods and tricks to motivate employees. Talk with your team about the relevance of the work they do every day. Be proactive in identifying and solving problems for your employees. Recognize employee contributions in specific, meaningful ways on a regular basis. Connect with your own motivation, and share it freely with your team. Put away the carrots and sticks and have meaningful conversations instead. You’ll be well on your way to leading a highly motivated team..” www.hbr.org

Apple’s Architect Says the Future of Offices Must Be Flexible
“Ultimately, the most enduring workplaces will take into account the deep-rooted desires of the people who spend time there. They’ll prioritize smart paths of circulation to help people connect with one another. Instead of sequestering employees into glass boxes, they’ll encourage them to connect with nature. To be truly competitive, architects and companies have to think beyond productivity. “From the very beginning, I’ve protested the idea that an office headquarters, whether it’s mega or micro, is only about work,” Foster said. “It’s about lifestyle.” www.wired.com

The Beauty of Amazon’s 6-Pager
How great would it be not to be constantly interrupted by clarifying questions?  How great would it be not to have the decisions in the meeting based on the social networking advocacy that happened before the meeting?  How great would it be if executives deeply understood your organization from your perspective before asserting they know better how to do it?  How great would it be to be able to review the core data going into a decision rather than have someone summarize it and assert that correlation is causality without revealing their work?

This is what meetings are like at Amazon and it is magical. ” www.linkedin.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

June 25th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

A New Life for Dead Malls
In case you haven’t heard, suburban malls are on the way out (sorry Paul Blart). Some have become abandoned wastelands. Others have been torn down and turned into industrial sites.

According to Ellen Dunham-Jones, an architect and professor at Georgia Tech, there are about 1,200 enclosed malls in the United States, and about one-third of them are dead or dying. That’s because developers rapidly overbuilt malls in the 20th century, she said: The U.S. has twice as much square footage in shopping centers per capita than the rest of the world, and six times as much as countries in Europe.

“The malls died for a reason,” she told me. “We were way over-retailed.”

But there is good news: In many areas of the country developers are finding new uses for dead malls…. www.theatlantic.com

Amazon, Whole Foods, and the Future of the (Old) New Economy
“I heard the news today, oh boy — Amazon is buying Whole Foods Market in a deal worth nearly $14 billion. The combination of these iconic companies, both of which have come of age in the last two decades, raises obvious questions. Does the transaction reflect how hard it’s been for Whole Foods to keep Wall Street satisfied with its growth and profits? (It does.) Does the deal underscore just how expansive a vision Jeff Bezos has for Amazon, his dream of it becoming the “everything store”? (No doubt.)

To me, though, the much more profound question, both substantively and symbolically, is what the deal says about the future of an approach to business, branding, and organizational culture that Whole Foods and Amazon have come to represent.” www.hbr.org

Disregard Your Financials, Cash Is All That Matters
“The only thing that matters when determining the success of your business is cash, cash, cash, more cash, and when you think you’ve got enough, more cash. I challenge you to shut down your line of credit, and don’t use it for 90 days. See how well you do. If you are cash-stressed, then it really boils down to bad management, no real profits and nothing else.” www.forbes.com

What to Delete When Your Phone Runs Out of Storage Space
“If you’re like most people and use your smartphone for pretty much everything in your life — from taking photos to managing your finances — then you’re probably familiar with that frustrating alert warning you there’s “not enough storage” to download or do anything else until you free up some space.

Seriously, it’s the WORST!

But the good news is that there are a few easy tips and tricks to prevent that stressful alert from constantly ruining your day.” www.clark.com

Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them
In a Robocall Strike Force Report in October, the Federal Communications Commission said telemarketing calls were the No. 1 consumer complaint.

Citing statistics from YouMail, a developer of robocall-blocking software, the commission said consumers received an estimated 2.4 billion robocalls per month last year, driven in part by internet-powered phone systems that have made it cheap and easy to make them from anywhere in the world.

Alex Quilici, chief executive of YouMail, said his company estimated that 2.3 billion calls were made in December 2016, up from 1.5 billion in December 2015.

“If the robocalls were not valuable to the scammers, they wouldn’t be doing them,” Mr. Kalember said.

Here’s how you can fight them:” www.nytimes.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

June 19th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Amazon, Whole Foods, and the Future of the (Old) New Economy
“I heard the news today, oh boy — Amazon is buying Whole Foods Market in a deal worth nearly $14 billion. The combination of these iconic companies, both of which have come of age in the last two decades, raises obvious questions. Does the transaction reflect how hard it’s been for Whole Foods to keep Wall Street satisfied with its growth and profits? (It does.) Does the deal underscore just how expansive a vision Jeff Bezos has for Amazon, his dream of it becoming the “everything store”? (No doubt.). www.hbr.com

10 years later, Zell explains the perfect timing of his Equity Office sale
“In his new memoir, “Am I Being Too Subtle?,” the anything-but-subtle maverick, now 75, confesses: He sold Equity Office Properties in 2007 because Blackstone Group simply made an offer he couldn’t refuse. The $39 billion bid was 25 percent above the public REIT’s market cap and nearly double the firm’s year-earlier value.

“To this day, people credit me with calling the top of the market when I sold Equity Office,” he writes. “The reality is, I wasn’t trying to. While the market was frothy, I wasn’t selling to get out of the office market. I had simply received a Godfather offer.” www.chicagobusiness.com

Pivoting Brands: The “Tech” Label and Why Space Still Matters
As Jeff Bezos once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room,” and from the outside looking in I would argue that consumers see finance as finance and tech as tech.

Since these companies are self-selecting a label other than what most would describe them by, it creates a gap in understanding and ability for consumers to speak as true advocates of the products and services that these companies deliver on. There is a misalignment between how these organizations view themselves internally versus how their consumer base would articulate what they do. Organizations rely on their mission and value proposition to communicate their business focus, so why are these organizations making this shift and how can they help consumers understand what they are really selling?” www.gensleron.com

How Amazon Just Changed The $800 Billion Supermarket World
“The greatest innovation in the history of grocery was of course mocked by the industry back in 1916. Clarence Saunders opened a store with a silly name that let customers walk the aisles and pick out the products for themselves. The day before grocery shopping was done by an attendant who picked out your products as the customer waited patiently at the counter. Very little of what that first Piggly Wiggly customer experienced 101 years ago has changed.  Until ecommerce came along and rocked the core of the supermarket revenue model. It shifted the labor cost back to the store. Turning back the clock, the chain must employ labor to pick products off the shelf instead of the customer doing the work for them. Those dollars are more significant in grocery versus fashion or electronics because the average customer buys 12-20 products that are low margin and heavy.” www.forbes.com

How To Get Toxic People Out Of Your Life
Old friends can suck your mojo away, and so can family members. You might think “I am stuck with my family members!” but you have more control over your interactions with relatives than you might think.

You can put off get-togethers with people who suck your energy away, no matter how long you’ve known them or how you and they are related. You owe it to yourself to create appropriate boundaries, even with people you’ve known your whole life.www.forbes.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

June 12th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Best Answer to “Sell Me This Pen” I Have Ever Seen
At first, I didn’t realize why it mattered. It just seemed like a silly question. But, you’ll see. When you become good at answering this question, you actually become one hell of a salesperson. And that’s why people still ask it in interviews. It shows your creative approach and how good you are at actually selling product (not just reading your resume).

There are exactly four sales skills the interviewer is looking to see when you answer... www.linkedin.com

CEOs Want Their Offices Back
(WSJ.com paywall)
“The lofty building Jordan Hamad moved his tech-advisory firm into four years ago had the trappings of a startup idyll: open floor plan, polished concrete floors, custom-built communal tables.

Soon, the 33-year-old founder of Chairseven says he craved something else: walls and a door.” www.wsj.com

How to Protect Yourself From Ransomware Attack
The most disheartening revelation from the cyberattack was that there was a fix available for the ransomware before the attack. Microsoft, which makes Windows, released a patch for the WannaCry vulnerability eight weeks ago, said Chris Wysopal, the chief technology officer of Veracode, an application security company.” www.nytimes.com

Amazon No. 2 on LinkedIn’s Top Companies list — see where else ‘the world wants to work now
“I believe the biggest reason that the best talent in the world wants to work and stay at Amazon is our unique culture of innovation and customer obsession,” said Beth Galetti, SVP of human resources at Amazon. “Thank you to our hundreds of thousands of employees who bring this culture to life and make sure every day at Amazon is Day 1.” www.geekwire.com

IBM Tells Remote Employees to get Back to the Office
“IBM, one of the technology-sector giants that pioneered the concept of allowing its employees to work from home, is pulling the plug on its remote-working policy in an effort to create a more collaborative environment for it’s approximately 380,000 workers around the world.” www.wsj.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

May 15th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Sam Zell Looks Back
“Over his long career, he says, “the thing I’m most proud of is nobody has ever left a meeting with me and said, ‘What do you think he meant?’ A lot of times you don’t agree, and a lot of times…you could be irate, but you’re not going to come back and say, ‘What did you say?’” www.wsj.com

Take Something Off: How To Get The Life And Career You Really Want
“First of all, don’t be so stuck in anything. What if Jacki has a heart attack or is diagnosed with cancer or if something happens in her life that is a wakeup call? She would give up her work, take care of herself and do what she loves because suddenly life becomes precious. We live as if we’re going to live forever. www.forbes.com

Amazon to Share New Building With Homeless Shelter in Seattle
Talk About Mixed Use
“In an unusual arrangement, the company has agreed to give (a homeless) shelter, Mary’s Place, a permanent home inside one of the new office buildings for which it will break ground in the fall.

Amazon will give roughly half of the six-story building to the shelter, providing it with 47,000 square feet of space with private rooms that can hold 65 families, or about 220 people and their pets. The facility, expected to open in early 2020, will have its own entrance and elevators.” www.NYTimes.com

Your Boss Wants To See You. Again.
Welcome to the era of the never-ending performance review. As companies such as Adobe Systems Inc. and General Electric Co. revamp and rethink the detested annual review, they have put in place new evaluations designed to give employees more-frequent feedback. Companies say they are staying current with young workers accustomed to instant gratification in form of Facebook likes and Yelp ratings. Managers and employees say it is tough learning to give – and receive – constant critiques and praise.

“You really have to put your ego aside,” said Deloitte LLP consultant Cashel Discepola, who transitioned last year from twice-annual feedback to talking about performance with her manager every other week.” www.wsj.com

The Next Hot Housing Market: Starter Homes
“They’re crawling out of their parents’ basements, they’re forming households and they’re looking to buy,” said Doug Bauer, chief executive of home builder Tri Pointe Group Inc., which operates in eight states.

In a shift, new households are overwhelmingly choosing to buy rather than rent. Some 854,000 new-owner households were formed during the first three months of the year, more than double the 365,000 new-renter households formed during the period, according to Census Bureau data. It was the first time in a decade there were more new buyers than renters, according to an analysis by home-tracker Trulia. www.wsj.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

May 8th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi
“…not convinced of the risks? Here’s a story that should worry business travelers in particular. In 2014 experts from Kaspersky Lab uncovered a very sophisticated hacking campaign called “Dark Hotel.” Operating for more than seven years and believed to be a sophisticated economic espionage campaign by an unknown country, Dark Hotel targeted CEOs, government agencies, U.S. executives, NGOs, and other high-value targets while they were in Asia. When executives connected to their luxury hotel’s Wi-Fi network and downloaded what they believed were regular software updates, their devices were infected with malware. This malware could sit inactive and undetected for several months before being remotely accessed to obtain sensitive information on the device.” www.hbr.com

Five Reasons Why ‘The Retail Apocalypse’ Is A False Scare Story
“Talk about the death of retail is great click bait. Media outlets from the Wall Street Journal to Fortune to USA Today have trumpeted news about store closings, retail bankruptcies, and the end of retail as we know it. If we’re to believe these articles, we’ll all be buying from Amazon.com, and malls will become old age homes for Baby Boomers. And the rest of us should just close up shop now, and put an end to the pain. www.forbes.com

Alexa and Cortana May Be Heading to the Office
“Whether for work or home, intelligent assistants are part of a trend that has brought voice-control capabilities to such devices as cellphones, connected cars and certain home appliances. Apple Inc. (AAPL) introduced voice-recognition technology to customers’ pockets with the release of iPhone 4s with Siri in 2011.” www.wsj.com

How To Use Your Digital Footprint To Advance Your Career
In today’s world, your social media presence is essential. The content you share represents who you are and what you stand for—it is your digital footprint. With one google search of your name prospective clients, employers, and co-workers can get a snapshot of your history.

Surveys show employers check LinkedIn as the most popular channel (96%), followed by Facebook (56%), Twitter (41%) and Instagram (7%). It’s a common misconception that you should only focus on your social media presence if you want to be an influencer. In many cases having no online presence can hinder your chances for employment or future collaborations even further.” www.forbes.com

At These Startups, HR Comes Before the Ping-Pong Tables
“Even with five to 10 people, if you don’t get the right culture going early, it’s almost impossible to get right later,” says CodeFights Chief Executive Tigran Sloyan. Quickly adding staff without building the right team can hit, not help, the bottom line of an early startup, he said.

These efforts test the conventional wisdom that spending time on HR policies drags on startups’ growth. Uber, for instance, had recruiting staff and a team to handle administrative HR functions in its earlier years but didn’t hire its first senior HR chief until 2014, when it had about 600 employees.”  www.wsj.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

May 1st, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

At These Startups, HR Comes Before the Ping-Pong Tables
Rather than scale hastily, handful of tech firms focus on getting office culture right—the first time

“Amid recent workplace troubles at Zenefits, Uber Technologies Inc. and elsewhere, a handful of founders are taking a different tack and formalizing their workplace culture as deliberately as they build their products—sometimes before they have enough staff to fill a conference room. The hope, these founders say, is that a more motivated, well-oiled workforce will attract top talent and avoid troubles down the road.” www.wsj.com

Optimism Improves Among CRE Execs, Despite Uncertainties
“The U.S. CRE market is looking at a rising level of confidence, stiffer competition from single-family residential for the nation’s housing dollar, and concerns over rising prices and falling cap rates, according to the eighth annual Akerman U.S. Real Estate Sector Report, released last week. www.cpexecutives.com

Photos: Atlanta’s Bank of America tower redo aims to lure ‘top tech talent’
“Standing 55 stories and 1,023 feet, the tower is still the 11th tallest building in America (with no equal in the Southeast), but it’s been traditionally considered the domain of mahogany-paneled law firms. With refreshed amenities and potentially more techie tenants, new owners and management hope to change that.” www.curbed.com

Why Being Early to Meetings Is Hurting Your Reputation, According to a Green Beret
there is one thing you can do that screams, “This is a person I want to work with” to any of the hundreds of people you come in contact with on a daily or weekly basis. It is a tactic many great leaders employ. It’s simple, it’s free and it is effective: Be on time.

“Don’t show up five minutes late. Don’t show up 15 minutes early. Show up on time.” www.entrepreneur.com

The Worst Way To Open A Meeting Is One You Probably Use
“Do you want to start or should I? This is the worst possible way to open a meeting. And, yet, it is also among the most common. Epidemic, actually. I think it must be contagious.

Why is it bad?

Because it opens the door wide. It’s an invitation to talk. It lets the horses out of the barn. Anyone with a topic that seems relevant to the group, whether a beef or a great idea, can take advantage of the vacuum to make a suggestion. Even if you address the question to a specific person, it doesn’t prevent others from chiming in while they have the chance.”  www.forbes.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

April 24th, 2017

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Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week!

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All
“Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.” www.theatlantic.com

How Airline Workers Learn to Deal With You
To many travelers, these and other onboard incidents from just the past couple of weeks represent an airline industry out of control, with power-hungry personnel who bring down the hammer if they sense even a whiff of wrongdoing.

People who work on the industry’s front lines, however, consider themselves first responders of the airport and the skies, awkwardly embracing the newfound expectation that they’re as responsible for passenger safety as those who pilot the jets. They do so, many say, without proper staffing or resources, and amid managerial suspicion and passenger disrespect. www.nytimes.com

Can “Returnships” Help Women Restart Careers?
“Outside of work, I started to notice something as I entered my 40s – female friends and colleagues were leaving their careers for a period of time to focus on their children and finding it difficult to restart their careers. Their attempts were thwarted by bias from recruiters and hiring managers who were reluctant to consider a candidate with a career gap or someone who wanted something less than a full-time role.” www.forbes.com

Here’s What I Learned at 52 about Age, Wisdom, and the Tech Industry
“Wisdom is about pattern recognition. And the older you are, the more patterns you’ve seen. There’s an old saying I love: “When an elder dies, it’s like a library has burned down.” In the digital era, libraries — and elders — aren’t quite as popular as they used to be. But wisdom never grows old.” www.hbr.org

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?
“So, what the heck is going on? The reality is that overall retail spending continues to grow steadily, if a little meagerly. But several trends—including the rise of e-commerce, the over-supply of malls, and the surprising effects of a restaurant renaissance—have conspired to change the face of American shopping.Here are three explanations for the recent demise of America’s storefronts.”  www.theatlantic.com

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!

Ken

 

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