Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

May 1st, 2017

Credit: iStockEach 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!

At These Startups, HR Comes Before the Ping-Pong TablesRather than scale hastily, handful of tech firms focus on getting office culture right—the first time

"Amid recent workplace troubles at Zenefits, Uber Technologies Inc. and elsewhere, a handful of founders are taking a different tack and formalizing their workplace culture as deliberately as they build their products—sometimes before they have enough staff to fill a conference room. The hope, these founders say, is that a more motivated, well-oiled workforce will attract top talent and avoid troubles down the road."

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Optimism Improves Among CRE Execs, Despite Uncertainties"The U.S. CRE market is looking at a rising level of confidence, stiffer competition from single-family residential for the nation’s housing dollar, and concerns over rising prices and falling cap rates, according to the eighth annual Akerman U.S. Real Estate Sector Report, released last week."

Photos: Atlanta’s Bank of America tower redo aims to lure ‘top tech talent’"Standing 55 stories and 1,023 feet, the tower is still the 11th tallest building in America (with no equal in the Southeast), but it’s been traditionally considered the domain of mahogany-paneled law firms. With refreshed amenities and potentially more techie tenants, new owners and management hope to change that.”

Why Being Early to Meetings Is Hurting Your Reputation, According to a Green Beret"there is one thing you can do that screams, “This is a person I want to work with” to any of the hundreds of people you come in contact with on a daily or weekly basis. It is a tactic many great leaders employ. It’s simple, it’s free and it is effective: Be on time.

"Don’t show up five minutes late. Don’t show up 15 minutes early. Show up on

The Worst Way To Open A Meeting Is One You Probably Use"Do you want to start or should I? This is the worst possible way to open a meeting. And, yet, it is also among the most common. Epidemic, actually. I think it must be contagious.

Why is it bad?Because it opens the door wide. It's an invitation to talk. It lets the horses out of the barn. Anyone with a topic that seems relevant to the group, whether a beef or a great idea, can take advantage of the vacuum to make a suggestion. Even if you address the question to a specific person, it doesn't prevent others from chiming in while they have the chance."  www.forbes.comYour success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!Ken