Is our ability to communicate effectively being diminished by technology? I read this really interesting article on Forbes recently about how intergenerational communication failures are creating havoc in the hiring process. The author, Jack Kelly, talks about how there is an inherent difference between how job seekers and representatives at companies (hiring managers, recruiters, etc.) desire to interact with each other.
Imagine you’re back in the workforce looking for a job (or maybe you’re one of my younger readers just starting their career), what are your expectations for working remotely? Is being able to work from home a deal-breaker?
Some people might think it’s crazy that Google created a 20% program that allows its developers to spend 20% of their workday on a creative project of their own —but, not me. I’m a huge believer in encouraging and rewarding team member creativity!
Cracking the code on company culture can be tough. And, once you’ve got a good culture rolling, the last thing you want is for that culture to be tarnished by “bad apples” or team members who are bucking the flow.
There’s a quote that goes something like: “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring …”
Whether you left your last retreat feeling closer to your colleagues or you left feeling like you wasted your time, the bottom line is quality collaboration starts with a focus on individual motivation so forget everything you know about team building.
“If you’re selling a product, you’re now selling trust.” I read that in a recent HBR article on the topic of cybersecurity and how it’s now putting trust at the center of competition. Read that sentence again. Cybersecurity is making trust a differentiator in business.
Unless you’re a real, true unicorn, there’s so much more that goes into a product or service finding longevity than just “building it.” Perhaps the most important factor? Sales. Sales execution, to be exact.
I want you to think back to the last time you started a new job. What was the onboarding process like? Did you shadow a colleague to learn the day-to-day? Did you sit at a kiosk and watch a training video? Did someone hand you a big file folder of printed documents to read at your leisure? Maybe you had no onboarding at all?
Generation Z is quickly entering the workforce and is bringing many changes and ideas that millennials didn’t.
We get it – everyone is busy. We go to work and we are chained to our desks (or today: our laptops and iPhones) with mounds of work to get through and we form routines and things eventually become mundane and ultimately boring. Things don’t have to be this way, though.
Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Ozzie and Harriet. (Kim and Kanye, for my Millennial friends) … I bet you could name at least five more things that are just not quite as amazing without the other. But, I doubt “residential” and “commercial” would be the first two words that come to mind.
AI is a hot topic. Everyone seems to believe that robots will take all of our jobs and that the workplace will never be the same once AI truly latches on, but this just isn’t the case.
Let me ask you a question. Do you use Siri? Or, Alexa? (So … do you think anyone will name their kid Alexa again?) Do you run around “Hey Google”-ing your way through some of life’s most basic questions? If the answer is “no” and you’re not already using voice assistants, I’m going to go ahead and make a bet — you will be soon.
For those of you that are new around here, we define AI as the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. But, in order for AI to “work” we have to have data to inform the machines (called: machine learning) and those large data sets are often referred to as Big Data, which is defined differently by almost everyone I talk to.
If we’re not doing the things we need to do to grow our business or take the next steps in our careers or personal lives, chances are there is an underlying fear holding us back.
If we’re being honest, my to-read list is quite a bit longer than this — but these are some of my favorite must-reads for the year. Some are newer than others, but all have a unique lesson that intrigues me. From living a well-balanced life to taking cues from some of the biggest names in business, I’m looking forward to diving into these.
If you’ve been in business long enough, you’ve likely heard of an “elevator pitch”. For the younger generation reading this … think of an elevator pitch as the face-to-face equivalent of the 150-characters you get in your Instagram bio to explain who you are and what you do.
Given the amount of time and energy we’re giving to our inboxes … I have to ask: Are you an inbox-zero kinda person? Or, have you basically given up? Does your email icon on your phone show 12,738 messages unread?
One of the most interesting ways it’s impacting commercial real estate, in my opinion, it’s the way VR and AR are changing the visualization of space.