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