April 18th, 2016

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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!

If Work Is Digital, Why Do We Still Go to the Office?
“What early digital commentators missed is that even if we can work from anywhere, that does not mean we want to. We strive for places that allow us to share knowledge, to generate ideas, and to pool talents and perspectives. Human aggregation, friction, and the interaction of our minds are vital aspects of work, especially in the creative industries. And that is why the quality of the physical workplace is becoming more crucial than ever — bringing along watershed changes.” www.hbr.org

Ford’s Iconic Michigan Headquarters to Get Makeover
“Here are 10 brand-damaging mistakes that will kill your LinkedIn profile’s effectiveness whether you are job-hunting, looking to build your business or just looking to grow your network and your credibility.” www.forbes.com

Four Lessons From A Millennial’s Dream Boss
“Academics, entrepreneurs, and management thought leaders have been trying to decode what it takes to effectively lead Millennials since they arrived into the workplace a decade ago. Carey Smith, CEO of Big Ass Solutions (formerly Big Ass Fans, and named so because customers would see their immensity and say, “Woah, those are some big ass fans”) clearly has a beat on leading this generation. The company’s name is emblematic of both Carey’s sense of humor and what he does, and doesn’t, take seriously. Without investors, the organization remains obsessed with delighting customers and growing employees. Customers come first—no matter the cost. ” www.forbes.com

Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired
“Treating workers as if they are widgets to be used up and discarded is a central part of the revised relationship between employers and employees that techies proclaim is an innovation as important as chips and software. The model originated in Silicon Valley, but it’s spreading. Old-guard companies are hiring “growth hackers” and building “incubators,” too. They see Silicon Valley as a model of enlightenment and forward thinking, even though this “new” way of working is actually the oldest game in the world: the exploitation of labor by capital.” www.NYTimes.com

Ten Of The Best Businesses To Come Out Of Shark Tank
“ABC doesn’t rank the top success stories to come out of its hit reality show “Shark Tank,” where aspiring entrepreneurs make funding pitches to the “sharks” pictured here. We reached out to the six main sharks, combed through clips and interviewed more than 25 contestants, who track fellow Tank alumni, to come up with this list of 10 of the best businesses to graduate from the show.” www.forbes.com

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