It wasn’t too long ago that this CRE guy gave his thoughts on Amazon Go and everything that goes with that. But, as quickly as Amazon moves … it’s time to update that blog with, you guessed it, more thoughts.
Online retailers like Amazon have completely transformed the way we go shopping. We now have access to a 24-hour selection of everything we could possibly want, and the expansion of warehouses and logistical hubs mean that our biggest retailers can ship our items to us quicker than ever. If you've fully embraced the online marketplace, you're not alone. Millions of people are ditching brick-and-mortar stores for internet shopping, and big box companies are feeling it.
Did you ever read those “choose your own adventure” books when you were a child? I always loved the fact that I was able to exercise some control over the fate of my favorite character just by turning to a certain page. Well, if you did love those kinds of books then I have some good news for you: Netflix is taking that concept and bringing it to the television.
Remember back in the old days when job positions were more specialized? Managers and data entry clerks rarely performed the same daily tasks at work – before cross-training became the biggest buzzword in HR, that is.
More often than not, when we talk about creating a positive and healthy workspace, we go straight to the needs and expectations of millennials without looking at the psychological factors of the job. Yes, things like flexible hours and even more flexible vacation...
Big data, a profession once referred to as “sexy” by the Harvard Business Review, is believed to be the next big thing to disrupt commercial real estate. While some may argue that real estate has taken a more conservative approach to the data-driven model than other industries, things are starting to pick up in the field.
About a month ago, my LinkedIn profile was accidentally suspended. Shamefully, for the good part of an entire afternoon, I found myself constantly checking my phone to see if the issue had been resolved —to see if I was re-connected with the world. FOMO entered my brain, and I felt completely hijacked.
We’ve all (at one time or another) been in a meeting that could have easily been avoided with an email, and we’ve likely all had that one meeting-happy boss who calls meeting after meeting with no specified agenda. Unfortunately, I sometimes put myself in that category. I feel like this meeting culture is growing more and more, and I often see it at companies of all ages and sizes —no matter what the industry.
Phil Kanfer is National Director of Business Development for WiredScore, the company behind Wired Certification, the world’s only rating system for digital connectivity in commercial buildings. Learn more about how Wired Certification helps businesses identify office buildings with best-in-class connectivity at wiredscore.com
The Internet is a big place —a place where content creators of all types can share their knowledge, expertise and life lessons with the world. From commercial real estate to all around great blogs, these are some of my must-follow favorites.
Almost a year ago, I wrote my most read blog to-date … Out with Millennials: You Can Thank Me Later. In it, I argued that we needed to stop using the “M” word because the negative connotation wasn’t doing us any good. And, that —since this generation is well on its way to dominating the workforce— we should make an effort to get to know them better. We decided to focus on their fresh perspective and unique gifts, ditch the “M” word, and to get back to work.
With progress in technology and data accelerating, the commercial real estate industry is changing quickly. But smart commercial real estate professionals aren’t looking for new jobs...they’re adapting. In order to stay relevant, CRE professionals need to think beyond the “this is the way we do things” mindset and get creative in their approach to marketing, leasing and managing assets.
Will a robot take your job? It might sound like a question out of a sci-fi movie (it probably does because it is) but, it’s quickly becoming reality. While I’m a futurist at my core, in my heart I feel that robots should only take jobs we CAN’T do. I believe they should support us to be better … not to be gone!
A recent McKinsey article suggests that over the past twenty years, academic insight and real-world experience have demonstrated that when companies channel their competitive and collaborative instincts, embrace diversity, and recognize the needs and emotions of their team members, they can reap dividends in performance.
According to the Harvard Business Review, change management has been a recognized discipline for over half a century. Yet, despite the unbelievable investment companies have made in tools and training, most studies show that 60-70% of organizational change projects fail —and this failure rate has gone unchanged for decades. The saying failure is not an option as you can see is not working here.
If you’re a regular reader, you know that I like to help empower the commercial real estate community with all things technology —I love to share what I’m learning, what I’m using, and what I’m hearing. Almost to a fault.
This excerpt from a recent NewCo article really struck a chord with me. It said — “A job is just the beginning. To win talent, companies must compete on purpose, authenticity, and with a message that resonates. Millennials are now the largest force in the global economy, and they have a markedly different view of work: purpose and “making a difference in the world” are central in their work-related decisions.”
The unbelievable speed at which technology is infiltrating our daily lives has created an era where customers are empowered. They can browse and purchase what they want, where they want, whenever they want. We are so much more demanding now that we have a voice that can travel through social media and make an impact on product and services. In fact, today’s consumers expect companies to quickly innovate in accordance with their changing preferences, as a new study by Salesforce suggests that 70% of consumers agree that technology has made it easier than ever to take their business elsewhere.
A recent TechCrunch article suggests that if businesses don’t pay attention to the growing AI trend, they’ll find themselves playing catch-up for years. I couldn’t agree more! We are at a “tipping point” —as Malcolm Gladwell wrote so elegantly in his bestselling book. A timely and great read for where we stand in the evolution of our industry.
In 2006, Google hired Stacy Sullivan as Chief Culture Officer, and the C-Suite was changed forever. Okay … that might be a bit dramatic, but bringing someone into the C-Suite whose sole duty was to keep a watchful eye on culture was revolutionary at the time. They were disruptors. They knew that not only was technology changing at the speed of light, but people were to.