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 faded. And the 20-somethings are looking around and questioning the value of work that is tied down in any way. The value of the desk, the office, the conference room, is over shadowed by the desire to move, connect and produce results in agile ways.
How does space, or more accurately “Workplace” support agile work today? Most space does not support work, and the proof is the millions of square feet our society builds, maintains and fills with the infamous workstations every year that, essentially,…
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. And not just any hard work, but work of a particular type that's demanding and painful.”
It was the idea of “painful” work that triggered my response. Hard work need not be demanding and painful to achieve great results. Hard work can be joyful, passionately driving more hard work and more results. There is no doubt in the old adages, “Showing up is half the battle”, plus “put your nose to the grindstone”, equals a baseline need for greatness - at least some…
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 these. Food is often an acknowledgement of achievement (an in a birthday cake). Creativity can be sparked from a good meal. Many of our best work relationships are built over the ritual of lunch. Food is a key component of a fulfilling and value rich work experience.
Humana Cincinnati’s Café at Eden Park
was designed to enhance the associate experience through the quality of food. The following article defines the goals and attributes of the new experience of food for the…
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 value of workplace strategy. The book is advertised to teach organizations that:
Building is a fragmented, adversarial process that commonly results in dissatisfied customers and frequently ends in disappointment, bitterness, and even litigation. The Commercial Real Estate Revolution tells you exactly why the current model is broken! Learn the 9 key principles and trends that the most innovative firms are using to change everything we know about building.
Chapter 14 exposes and defines “Key 9: Workplace Productivity”. The chapter is compelling…
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 irony that though it is and has been constantly part of our lives since the day we were born, people hate change
It was then that I saw a hand shoot up in the audience, and Charlie a colleague of mine said, “I really disagree with that. I think people love change. What they hate is the process they have to go through to make the change happen
After reflection, I had to agree. I liken Charlie’s idea…