Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles to Help You This Week

August 7th, 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!

Inside Uber’s New Approach to Employee Performance Reviews“In the past, it was like, ‘this is what you’re good at, this is what you’re bad at, here’s a score,’ ” Uber Operations and Logistics Manager Nicole Cuellar told me.

Cuellar, one of the 600 employees who participated in Uber’s focus groups on reimagining the performance-review process, described Uber’s T3 B3 process. T3 B3s, which Cuellar referred to as “Travis’s brainchild,” detailed an employee’s top three qualities/strengths and the bottom three things one could improve on.“It was this very exhaustive process of putting on paper what you’re good at and what you’re not good at and, in particular, in context of our cultural values,” Cuellar said.Some of Uber’s cultural values entail “Always Be Hustlin,’ ” “Toe-Stepping” and “Let Builders Build.”“Hustling meant being dependable and working hard,” Cuellar said. “Being an owner, not a renter, meant you took your work seriously and didn’t ask a million questions when executing.”

[tweet_box design="box_09" float="none"] It’s an irresponsible act for me to give feedback to someone if I’m not trying to have them improve. [/tweet_box]

What You Can Learn From Jeff Bezos About Building For The Future“I very frequently get the question: ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common one. I almost never get the question: ‘What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?’ And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two — because you can build a business strategy around the things that are stable in time.” - Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEOy."

[tweet_box design="box_09" float="none"]You can build a business strategy around the things that are stable in time. Jeff Bezos[/tweet_box]

You Are Considered a Consumer, Even at Work"Design is facilitating the acceleration of an experience-driven world by creating places that bring new people and ideas together. In an era where technology is propelling—and sometimes hurling—us forward, convention is unimpressive. Connecting with people on every level—their values, priorities, emotions and intellect—is necessary as their journeys unfold.

The Fabulous Life of Google Cofounder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page“Larry Page is one of the most powerful people in the world.The quirky, soft-spoken computer scientist cofounded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998 and now, almost 20 years later, still runs its parent company, Alphabet. So who's the man behind Google and how did he get to where he is today?Here's his story.” www.businessinsider.comCould A Bus With Sleep Pods Replace Airplanes?"If you ever have to travel a long distance — say, Washington, D.C., to Atlanta, Detroit to Chicago, San Francisco to Los Angeles — you might be stuck with only bad options: a flight from an airport with chronic delays that's hard to get to, or an Amtrak train ride that costs three times as much as a flight.Well, now there's a new option on the horizon: a double-decker bus with pods for sleeping. It's called, simply, Cabin. It's an overnight service — like a red-eye — designed for people who love going places, but hate being in transit." www.npr.orgYour success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!Ken