September 12th, 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!

Big-Box Warehouse Sector Breaks Records in Demand, New Construction
“Modern big-box distribution centers have experienced a massive comeback, with a record number of facilities now under construction nationwide and developers scrambling to repurpose buildings in major markets to appeal to e-commerce tenants.”

Why Leaders Need To Be Great Storytellers
“What’s your favorite movie? I’ll bet you can enthusiastically tell me all about it, even if you haven’t seen it in years. Stories are like nutrition for our souls. We remember them and love them. They have deeper meaning for us. On YouTube, there’s a wonderful video clip of a group of marines belting out the lyrics to the theme song from Disney’s “Frozen”. Who would have thought combat soldiers could relate to a Disney princess?”

The Secret Ingredient for Exceptional Mental Toughness
“It’s a myth that we’re at the mercy of an unending onslaught of information. Actually, we make choices about where we direct our attention every day, says neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, PhD, a psychology professor at McGill University. Sometimes, we just need to be more selective about where our attention goes.”

Inside McDonald’s Bold Decision to Go Cage Free
“(McDonalds CEO) Easterbrook had good reasons to delay—but he had even more reasons to plow ahead. McDonald’s risked losing its customers in the long run. The era of mass-produced and processed food that it helped create and came to embody was falling out of favor fast, especially with coveted millennial consumers. “There used to be a day when industrial food was viewed as safe and therefore better,” says RBC Capital Markets analyst David Palmer. “The pendulum has swung pretty hard over to the other direction.”

We’re the Only Plane in the Sky
“Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history. Shortly after the attacks began, the most powerful man in the world, who had been informed of the World Trade Center explosions in a Florida classroom, was escorted to a runway and sent to the safest place his handlers could think of: the open sky.”

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