Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

March 27th, 2017

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Credit: iStock

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 Dirty Secret That’s Making Major Construction More Expensive 
“With all of these different factors involved in removing dirt from sites, it is no wonder contractors have been devoting greater resources to trying to make the process more efficient. As major projects break ground every year, it keeps becoming harder to find new places to dump the dirt, compounding the logistical challenges contractors face.” www.bisnow.com

“The revelation of how sales people actually spend their time paves the way for management based on facts, not myths. It makes clearer what combination of coverage, alignment, and behaviors generates the best outcomes. And it gives frontline managers a specific agenda for coaching and training, all in the service of inspiring greater productivity for the entire sales team..” www.hbr.com

Research: Stale Office Air Is Making You Less Productive
“….research adds empirical evidence to a long-recognized phenomenon. Ben Franklin once professed, “I am persuaded that no common air from without is so unwholesome as the air within a close room that has been often breathed and not changed.” We’ve all struggled to concentrate in a conference room that is stuffy and warm. When a window or door is opened and fresh air comes in, it breathes life into the room. Businesses would benefit from recognizing this and taking action to optimize their air quality for employees’ health and productivity. www.hbr.com

How Big Data Improves the Real Estate Industry
The vast big data ocean contains billions of pieces of information and the ultimate goal is to find meaning and patterns. It decreases the risk traditionally associated with real estate business, empowering us to make informed decisions based on facts and figures. We have a chance to obtain greater insight into markets and trends that shape them.” www.inman.com

How the ‘Airbnb for Pets’ Became a $70 Million Business
“The company’s success has been good news for Rocky the fearful goldendoodle, who no longer has to spend her time in kennels. Hirschhorn, speaking while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, says that she’s currently boarding with a DogVacay sitter. “From the pictures I’ve gotten of Rocky at the beach, on a hike, and passed out in her bed,” he adds, “I’m pretty sure she’s having as much fun on vacay as we are.” www.inc.com

Richard Branson’s 5 a.m. Workout and 5 Other Morning Habits of Successful Billionaires
“Get your head in the game If you think you have a lot on your plate, just imagine what it’s like to wake up every morning and face running one of the world’s biggest businesses. The secret is to have a thoughtful morning routine.” 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

March 20th, 2017

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Credit: iStock

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!

Millennials are Forcing America’s Largest Corporations to Kill Traditional Suburban Office Parks
“…developers still have to decide if their buildings align with what employees are asking for, and doubly so as the desire for certain elements of the ‘urban experience’ have bled into the suburbs. If businesses choose not to adapt to those changing preferences, as…research suggests they should, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if tenants begin to jump ship. The cities that have strong downtowns and are successful in attracting corporate relocations and millennials to live nearby will have an unquestionable edge. “In those metropolitan areas, the suburban campus will be less successful.” www.businessinsider.com

It’s 10 AM. Do You Know What Your Sales Reps Are Doing?
“The revelation of how sales people actually spend their time paves the way for management based on facts, not myths. It makes clearer what combination of coverage, alignment, and behaviors generates the best outcomes. And it gives frontline managers a specific agenda for coaching and training, all in the service of inspiring greater productivity for the entire sales team..” www.hbr.com

High Above, Drones Keep Watchful Eyes on Wildlife in Africa
“Popices launched with a new offering: indoor spaces. Their portfolio includes restaurants, cafes, a hotel, and even a converted house-boat. Baker tells us that each space offers different perks, but that “if you compare it to Airbnb, we basically guarantee members a bed (desk + chair) and all the other extras depend on the location they choose. www.https://allwork.space.com

How The Top Real Estate Tycoon In LA Overcame MS To Achieve Success
“Pardee took a year off from working to focus on her values and what was most important to her. She attended the LifeForward program through the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, which gave her the tools to get her life under control. “I was able to hone in on what was important to me in each area of my life – personal, family, friends, business and community. I had to make a commitment to live within my values and be true to myself. I had to learn to give up things I could not change. I made visions boards for my life that incorporated creative ways to live in the moment and truly appreciate every day. Rather than letting the MS diagnosis set me back, I took control of my life and made an actionable plan.”www.forbes.com

How the ‘Airbnb for Pets’ Became a $70 Million Business
“The company’s success has been good news for Rocky the fearful goldendoodle, who no longer has to spend her time in kennels. Hirschhorn, speaking while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, says that she’s currently boarding with a DogVacay sitter. “From the pictures I’ve gotten of Rocky at the beach, on a hike, and passed out in her bed,” he adds, “I’m pretty sure she’s having as much fun on vacay as we are.” 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

March 13th, 2017

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Credit: iStock

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 Do Employees Stay? A Clear Career Path and Good Pay, for Starters
“At Glassdoor, we have ample data on workers’ job trajectories from millions of résumés that people have shared on our site. Looking at those résumés, we can gain insight into the reasons for employee turnover by comparing job transitions where workers stayed with their original employer with those where people left for another company.” www.hbr.com

Why We Don’t Value Flextime Enough
“Even when flextime is available, its attractiveness depends on how it is perceived by others, particularly by higher-ups. Employees may wonder, for example, whether they will be at a disadvantage for promotion if they don’t put in enough face time at the office during business hours. If we really are going to change the way that people think about the benefits of flextime, managers need to make it clear that there is no stigma attached to it.” www.wsj.org

Pop-Up Workspaces: The New Hype in Amsterdam
“Popices launched with a new offering: indoor spaces. Their portfolio includes restaurants, cafes, a hotel, and even a converted house-boat. Baker tells us that each space offers different perks, but that “if you compare it to Airbnb, we basically guarantee members a bed (desk + chair) and all the other extras depend on the location they choose. www.https://allwork.space.com

How The Top Real Estate Tycoon In LA Overcame MS To Achieve Success
“Pardee took a year off from working to focus on her values and what was most important to her. She attended the LifeForward program through the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, which gave her the tools to get her life under control. “I was able to hone in on what was important to me in each area of my life – personal, family, friends, business and community. I had to make a commitment to live within my values and be true to myself. I had to learn to give up things I could not change. I made visions boards for my life that incorporated creative ways to live in the moment and truly appreciate every day. Rather than letting the MS diagnosis set me back, I took control of my life and made an actionable plan.”www.forbes.com

The American Suburbs as we Know Them Are Dying
People in US suburbs are changing the way they shop, where they eat, and what they want in their homes.Malls are shutting down as e-commerce continues to take over, and the casual-dining chains that fed shoppers after a day of hoofing it through the mall are struggling to cope.” www.businessinsider.com

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

Ken

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

March 6th, 2017

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Credit: iStock

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!

‘Ugh, I’m So Busy’: A Status Symbol for Our Time
“The gleam of being both well-off and time-poor, the authors write, is “driven by the perceptions that a busy person possesses desired human capital characteristics (competence, ambition) and is scarce and in demand on the job market.” In a curious reversal, the aspirational objects here are not some luxury goods—a nice watch or car, which are now mass-produced and more widely available than they used to be—but workers themselves, who by bragging about how busy they are can signal just how much the labor market values them and their skills.” www.theatlantic.com


The Right Way to Start a Meeting
“If you want to have a more productive meeting, focus on a strong opening. A good start to a meeting is like an overture: It sets the tone, introduces the major themes, and provides a preview of what you can expect. Here are some best practices for starting your next meeting.” www.hbr.org

NAR: 2017 Will Be Strong Year for Commercial
Strengthening demand from smaller markets will help the commercial sector see stable growth and offer “decent” returns for investors in 2017, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ quarterly commercial real estate forecast NAR predicts that the national office vacancy rate will drop 1.1 percentage points to 12.1 percent this year. Job growth in the business and professional services sector is expected to increase the need for office space in 2017. www.realtormag.com

Why We Don’t Value Flextime Enough
“Workplace flexibility has obvious appeal as an alternative to the traditional 9-to-5 day. It allows employees to get to the doctor, stop for a haircut or attend a school assembly during the day and to wrap up work after the kids go to bed. And if employees value this flexibility, companies may benefit as well—by attracting better employees or making existing ones more productive, because they are happier on the job.www.wsj.com

Cities Embrace ‘Transit Hubs’ to Boost Business, Jobs
“Are transit hubs the new malls? Several major nerve centers of U.S. transportation—like Union Station in Washington, D.C., and Penn Station in New York City—are planning major overhauls that would transform them from pass-through structures into glittering corridors of restaurants, retail, and event spaces. Meanwhile, expanding local rail systems around the country are also sparking the development of new transit hubs, trying to take advantage of built-in foot traffic to boost business and job markets.” www.curbed.com

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

Ken