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Lisbeth Calandrino

Think of your brand as a “matching set of luggage”

17July14

We are all different; sometimes we think it would be better to be like others. The minute you think this way, you lose your competitive advantage or your personal brand. Maybe it comes from high school when we really wanted to fit in. Actually who wouldn’t want to be a set of Louis Vuitton luggage?
It’s [...]



 
 
Lisbeth Calandrino

Rose colored glasses and other things that don’t make sense

16July14

I was at Capital Vacuums recently talking with owner, John Gregory. I bought some of his great cleaning products, and on the way out he handed me some “rose-colored glasses.” He laughed and said they would help, but they won’t make anything better unless I have a rosy attitude. He also said a friend told him he [...]



 
 
Stephen Frey
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Stretching Organizations: Choice and Alternative Work Settings

15July14

It’s high summer and time for some fresh perspective about choice and workplace alternatives. It’s time for a few nutritious ideas to stimulate you and your organization’s thinking. Recently on vacation I visited Steelcase and Herman Miller’s headquarters in the Holland and Grand Rapids area of Michigan. I saw some seriously compelling and refreshing design [...]


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Wes Morgan
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Boomer Bummer

14July14

There are a lot of us who were born between 1947 and say 1962. We were against the status quo, and we wanted justice and equal rights. The post-World War II period was a time of unprecedented prosperity in the United States. Our parents built homes and bet big time on the American Dream. It [...]



 
 
Bruce Kirsch
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How to Select a Discount Rate for a Commercial Real Estate Investment (Part 4)

11July14

Should we in fact be doing this? Will we just end up complicating our analysis, and end up being precisely wrong?
It’s certainly debatable. Certain instances would be more suited to this extra work than others. For example, let’s say we are developing the Starbucks, and it will take us 12 months to design, entitle and [...]


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How to Select a Discount Rate for a Commercial Real Estate Investment (Part 3)

10July14

The second way to think of the discount rate is that it is often defined as the opportunity cost of making a particular investment instead of making an alternative investment of an almost identical nature. Opportunity cost is a slippery concept, though, because we need to subjectively conclude what that “alternative investment of an almost identical [...]


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Bruce Kirsch
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How to Select a Discount Rate for a Commercial Real Estate Investment (Part 2)

9July14

How should we think of the discount rate?
To complicate matters, there is unfortunately more than one way to think of the discount rate.
Part 1
The first way I like to explain the discount rate is that it reflects your level of confidence in the occurrence of a projected future dollar value ending up being exactly what [...]


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Bruce Kirsch
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How to Select a Discount Rate for a Commercial Real Estate Investment (Part 1)

8July14

How do you determine the discount rate for your analysis? This is an easy question to ask and a somewhat tricky one to answer. My thoughts are below. Sound off in the comments section.
First of all, what is the discount rate?
The discount rate is first and foremost an annual rate (expressed as a percentage) that is [...]


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Lisbeth Calandrino

Do you Know the Rules to Play the Success Game?

7July14

Recently a friend of mine told me I was hostile. At first, I was a little bit miffed, and then I laughed. In my own mind, I think he is pretty hostile, but it takes one to know one.
Each of us has our own way of dealing with the world. It reminded me of the [...]



 
 
Stephen Frey
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Mission Driven Design Powering Business (Part 2)

3July14

As architects, designers and workplace strategists, we feel the more closely you embrace your mission, brand and values in the design of your office, workplace, manufacturing facility and more, the more likely you will cultivate a more engaged and motivated work community setting you up for long term success. We adjust this approach to each [...]


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