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Strategy Moves Organizations from Desire to Achievement
February 21, 2014
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Steven McKissick
One of the most important but overlooked aspects I find with CRE organizations from every industry is the lack of a clear, defined, and well implemented CRE organizational strategy. A wise man once commented that desire is the starting point of all achievement. For Corporate Real Estate organizations, what is achievement? Backing up a few steps, what is a CRE organization’s desire? What is the strategy that will help realize the acheivement? All of us have heard or used phrases like, “enterprise scalability,” “best practice,” or “synergize.” Like...
Look Forward, but Beware the Horns
January 31, 2014
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Mark Schaffhausen
Last weekend I participated in an event that put me in a very reflective mood. It was a Pamplona-inspired “bull run” that took place near Houston. It was supposed to be in December but was delayed due to the weather. When I signed up, it seemed like an interesting way to end an interesting year. It felt a little different, to me, doing it at the beginning of the year. It was also an interesting juxtaposition after spending part of the previous week at a company retreat discussing future goals and how to get there. I found myself thinking a lot about the other runners’...
Big Data – Another Perspective
January 16, 2014
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Phil Wales
There was a recent article in WIRED magazine about the growing power of data in driving decisions. What I found of interest in the article was not the impact of big data and the ingenious use of that data to solve problems, but what happens after we come to rely on such data. There is a cautionary tale for those of us who focus on analytics in our world that I will share in the rest of this blog. The 4 Stages of Data Analytics 1. Pre-Disruption – This is the stage before algorithm-powered decision making, and the one so many of our real estate client organizations are in. Decisions...
Project Survival through the Holidays
December 12, 2013
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Jon Lee
The team is gathered in the conference room for the meeting. “We’ll start in five,” the project manager announces, “We can’t start without Tim; he’s the key player for this meeting.” “Tim’s on vacation, he’ll be back next week,” states a team member. The rest of the team is anxious, their regular day role calls, end of the year activities are backed up and need to get done. The project manager is visibly stressed, the sound of deadlines are whooshing by in her head. Dedicated project resources need decisions made before the...
Giving Thanks
November 27, 2013
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Phil Wales
I once heard it said that if a man isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. Well, I am here to tell you that I am acutely aware of how blessed I am. My blessings start with my family. I know that I am lifted up by their love and the faith we share in our creator. I am also thankful for the opportunity to do what I do each and every day. I do not take it for granted that we live in a uniquely enabling country where I have been free to start an organization that has grown into the premier workplace consulting organization that...
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