Flashback to My Most Read Blog: Do I Still Feel the Same Way?

Flashback to My Most Read Blog: Do I Still Feel the Same Way?

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.

5 Lessons CRE Professionals Can Learn from SaaS Companies

5 Lessons CRE Professionals Can Learn from SaaS Companies

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.

3 Things You Should Know About Culture Mapping (It’s a Thing)

3 Things You Should Know About Culture Mapping (It’s a Thing)

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.

Thoughts on Why Company Organization is a Big Culture Driver

Thoughts on Why Company Organization is a Big Culture Driver

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.”

Meeting Expectations: Smarter Customer Experiences

Meeting Expectations: Smarter Customer Experiences

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.

Augmented, Immersive, Alternate: What's YOUR Reality?

Augmented, Immersive, Alternate: What's YOUR Reality?

The emergence of Pokemon Go has drawn a lot of attention to the potential of augmented reality and other technologies that seem to blend the real and virtual worlds. These ideas have been floating around for a while, but it looks like practical uses are being found that will have an impact on all of us, beyond gaming. And they take the market by storm. I was out to dinner with my daughters and when we left the restaurant they started chasing the Pokémon and it ended up that there were over 50 kids running around in virtual world. (Some not even looking for cars when crossing the street!)

The Forgotten Companies

The Forgotten Companies

Larry Schachter has spent three decades in the real estate industry.   For the last fifteen years, he’s held senior technology roles at Tishman Speyer, Acadia Realty Trust, and CompassRock Real Estate LLC (the former manager of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village in NY).  Larry recently took on the role of Principal in the New York Office of Open Box Software.  Open Box has a 15 year history of providing custom software and technology services exclusively to the Real Estate industry.  The company is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

These 10 College Majors Have the Fastest Salary Growth

These 10 College Majors Have the Fastest Salary Growth

The one economic reality that so many twenty-somethings are facing is student debt. Americans currently owe $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 44 million borrowers. In fact, the average Class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up six percent from last year. These people will start their careers with an Average monthly loan payment of $351.

5 Thoughts from a CRE Guy on Amazon Go

5 Thoughts from a CRE Guy on Amazon Go

You may not have noticed yet, but Amazon just reinvented the entire retail and payments experience with the introduction of Amazon Go. The system combines technologies like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, sensors, and image recognition to eliminate things like checkout lines and shoplifting. Next up … robots will push your cart and bring the groceries to the car, and maybe even shine your shoes when you're there! (Remember the movie I, Robot?)