August 15th, 2016

Credit: iStock

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 Surging Popularity of Co-Working
“The workplace is shifting from cubicle farms and cloistered offices to open-plan layouts that nudge employees into greater collaboration and communication. Meanwhile, millions of Americans have been freed from the shackles of clocking in to a 9-to-5 job, free to make their hours and choose where to spend them.”


Think Amazon’s Drone Delivery Idea Is a Gimmick? Think Again
“It isn’t just secretive, the way Apple is, but in a deeper sense, Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce and cloud-storage giant is opaque. Amazon rarely explains either its near-term tactical aims or its long-term strategic vision. It values surprise.

To understand Amazon, then, is necessarily to engage in a kind of Kremlinology. That’s especially true of the story behind one of its most important business areas: the logistics by which it ships orders to its customers.”

Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things
“A 20-year study conducted by a psychology professor at Cornell University, reached a powerful and straightforward conclusion: Don’t spend your money on things. The trouble with things is that the happiness they provide fades quickly. There are three critical reasons for this…”

How to Make Your One-on-Ones with Employees More Productive
“One-on-one meetings with direct reports often feel more hurried and disorganized than they need to be. It’s important to check in regularly with each of your employees, but how can you make the best use of the time? How can you make the meetings more productive and collaborative? What do you need to change as the manager and what do you need to ask your direct report to do differently as well?”

11 Skills Every 24-year-old Should Learn Before It’s Too Late
“The age 24 is a fun time of your life. You’re likely out of college, maybe for a couple of years, meeting new people, and getting your feet wet in the real world. But it’s also an important time because around age 24, you have unquestionably entered adulthood and your choices could influence the rest of your life.”

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