Monthly Archives: September 2010

Behavior & Space to Manage Agile Work

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Our world of work is agile.  How many people move around in a day?  Everyone moves; even if just to go to get coffee, or lunch, or other.  Some of us are in the office 50% or less.  The 8 to 5 day in corporate America is so far gone that the memory has nearly […]

What It Takes To Be Great

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I recently read an article (Fortune, October 19, 2006 “What it takes to be great”) proclaiming that great success was equally proportional to great effort.  The articles thesis is:  “You are not a born CEO or investor or chess grandmaster. You will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years. […]

Food Enhancing the Work Experience

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At the base of Maslow’s Hierarchy of human needs are the biological and physiological needs.   Food is part of this bottom tier.  As you move up the pyramid of the hierarchy into psychological and self-actualization levels, words like “relationship”, “creativity”, and “achievement” appear.  Consider the impact that food has on qualities of life such as […]

Why Strategy in Design?

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Why would an organization invest time and money in a strategic design approach that creates change and potential turmoil?  What is wrong with the ways that many organizations today are delivering space to their people? There is an excellent chapter in the new book The Commercial Real Estate Revolution which sums up the intent and […]

E.A.C.H O.P.

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At our house we don’t call ourselves “human beings”.  Instead we call ourselves “human becomings” because change and growth is so constant and ever present in our lives. When giving a talk recently to our regional conference for the American Institute of Architects, I shared how interesting our human reaction to change is to me…the […]

Leveraging the Power of Imagination

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge” Albert Einstein. Like Tim Brown from IDEO, we have found that it is more effective to initiate the act of design by taking design out of the hands of the designer and putting it in the hands of those most impacted by the design.  On a recent project we […]

Listening For Possibilities

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 I am allergic to unproductive meetings.  I tend to break out in a rash and need to leave immediately to seek relief.  The author Scott Hunter is particularly poignant in describing the problem with meetings. Because of what typically happens…people mostly hate meetings. What happens: as soon as someone presents an idea, everyone else listens […]