Category Archives: Thought Leadership

Convergence Teams: The Power of Integrated Design

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By Patrick Donnelly and Chris Collett of BHDP; Valerie Garrett of Fifth Third Bancorp The benefits that an integrated design process can bring to building projects have been accepted for decades. Assembling a team with diverse expertise to collaboratively work on a project is intuitively understood to be a better approach than designing in a […]

Change Leadership and Change Management: There Is a Difference

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Successful implementation of a change management plan requires change leadership skills that smooth the way for all parties when most needed—at the inception. By Brian Trainer Here’s a typical scenario. An organization’s leadership creates a vision for a dynamic new workplace design, now awaiting construction. When the vision is shared, it will require a need […]

The Workplace of the Future

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STUDENTS LEARN TO BE COMFORTABLE WITH AMBIGUITY. BY DOMINIC IACOBUCCI AND AARON BRADLEY WHAT’S THE BEST way to prepare students for the rapidly changing workplace of the future? Teach them to address complex problems through ideation and creative problem-solving techniques. And, most important, help them recognize that some problems have no easy—or right—answers. That’s the […]

Making Sense of Sensors

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By Dominic Iacobucci and Brad Johnson A sensor is an electronic device that measures and captures data of variation in environmental stimulus. In today’s world, people encounter sensors throughout their day—at home, in the workplace, and at other locations. In a spatial workplace environment, sensors measure environmental aspects such as noise and light, while gathering […]

Preparing for a Cooling Economy

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Leverage your real estate portfolio for an eventual downturn in the market. By Chris LaPata Although the sting of 2008 may not register for some of today’s workforce, many clearly recall the excesses leading up to the Great Recession. To mitigate risk related to a corporate real estate portfolio, leaders must identify shifts in economic […]

Stop Designing Your Workplace Around Millennials

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Stop thinking about millennials when designing your workplace. Here’s what to think about instead. By T. Patrick Donnelly Research shows flexible workplaces that follow a lifespan of your employees are more important.  All too often, executives look at their office design and workplace environment with a narrow focus. Millennials. Millennials. Millennials. They will be the […]

Why Innovation Needs Its Own Space

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By Brian Trainer Innovation is the lifeline of every growth strategy. So much has been written about the subject that broaching it is likely to elicit an apathetic response; e.g. “we’ve heard it all before.” Yet amid all the theories and philosophies espoused as keys to innovation, one that deserves more exploration is the space […]

Lessons Grocers Can Learn From Department Stores: Introduction

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By Andrew McQuilkin Each month brings with it another new dominant headline on how one of our most frequent shopping experiences—buying groceries—will be forever changed. Curbside pickup. Driverless cars delivering to our homes. Automatic checkouts. The technological rush shows a willingness by the largest chains to ensure they outmaneuver upstarts and avoid suffering the same […]

Designing For Innovation In The Workplace

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A facility focused on research spurred steel manufacturer AK Steel to craft spaces conducive to collaboration and inspiration. Companies have long focused on fostering collaboration among employees, envisioning it as a solution to lagging innovation. To that end, architects have designed more and more open workspaces, where employees now easily and frequently interact. But it […]