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

 

Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

April 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!

Solving The Mystery of Government Owned Real Estate
“Governments own and lease more commercial real estate assets than any other entity around the world. The trouble is no one knows exactly how much. Two new tech companies are working to make it easier for real estate professionals to discover and work with government assets.” www.forbes.com

Don’t Get Dragged Away: Learn These Three Basic Facts About Airline Overbooking
If your flight is overbooked and not enough passengers volunteer to take a later one, you could end up being denied boarding. So if you’re not in a rush to get somewhere you might be tempted take the $200 minimum voucher, without realizing that you enter into a contract of carriage every time you purchase a flight, and this contract outlines the legal expectations on you and on the airline. You could be owed more compensation than the minimum $200.

Specifically, if your domestic flight arrives one-two hours late, you’re entitled to 200% of your one-way fare, with a cap of $650. On international flights, you’re entitled to that if your flight arrives four hours late. If your domestic flight arrives more than two hours late, you’re entitled to 400% of your one-way fare, with a cap of $1,300. If international, you’re entitled to that if your flight arrives more than four hours late. So before taking a travel voucher and giving up your seat, stop and consider that it may be preventing you from receiving the greater compensation you would be due if you ended up being denied boarding. www.forbes.com

LinkedIn’s Recruiting Head On Why The First Think He Does In Every Job Interview Is Hand Over A Marker
When LinkedIn’s head of recruiting, Brendan Browne, interviews someone for a job, one of the first things he does is hand over an erasable marker and direct the candidate to a whiteboard on the wall.

He’ll ask the candidate, regardless of position, “What are you most passionate about? Using the whiteboard, explain to me the process of how it works.”

If that seems open to interpretation to you, it’s because it’s supposed to.” www.businessinsider.com

Amazon’s Free Shipping Pushes Small Retailers to Compete
“There is no universe where you can beat Amazon’s shipping prices,” said Stefan Weitz, chief product and strategy officer at Radial, which handles online orders from about two-dozen warehouses and clients’ stores. “I don’t have to beat Amazon. I have to get close enough to provide a service level to my customers.” www.wsj.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

April 11th, 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!

Downtown Brooklyn’s Dearth of Office Space Beckons Tishman Speyer
“Twenty-first-century real estate is defined by a ‘live-work-play’ dynamic,” said Rob Speyer, the president of Tishman Speyer. “Brooklyn has mastered ‘live-play,’ but now it needs world-class office space for ‘work.” www.nytimes.com

Should CEOs Respond When Employees Complain About Them Online?
“If the decision is to reply to employee criticism, CEOs should remember that a response over social media is not just a response to the critical employee — it’s a message to everyone who comes across it, including potential shareholders, customers, and employeeI mas. As a general rule, simplicity and humility go a long way.” www.hbr.com

Your Accountant Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself
I married mine – tell me about it. www.wsj.com

10 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter
Hate your commute? Struggle to motivate yourself to hit the treadmill? Perhaps both these problems (and many more) have the same solution. Why not turn these odds and ends of unpleasant time into opportunities to learn by popping on a podcast? That’s how many luminaries like Bill Gates manage to find time to feed their brains despite their insane schedules, after all.

All you need is a few good suggestions of where to start. A fabulously useful Quora thread responding to a questioner who wanted to know “What podcast has made you smarter?” offers tons of great ideas covering topics from design and spirituality to health and entrepreneurship. Happy listening!” www.inc.com

Why Delta Air Lines Paid Me $11,000 Not To Fly To Florida This Weekend
10 things to know about getting bumped off a plane and how to get compensated handsomely.  www.forbes.com

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

Ken