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8 Innovators & Leaders We Can All Learn Something From

December 12, 2017 Leave a comment

None of us can operate in a vacuum. We learn and grow from our experiences and are influenced by the people we surround ourselves with. I was once told that if you found out who someone’s five best friends are, you will know who they are before you met them. I’ve been fortunate in my life and career to be surrounded by some of the most unique, hardworking and innovative people —and I really believe that it is true: you should surround yourself with people who are going to push you to greatness.

With the amount of time we spend on social media —from LinkedIn to Instagram and everywhere in between— I think following (surrounding ourselves) with innovative and inspirational people on social media can have the same quality impact. That said, here are a few of my favorites …

#1. BILL BELICHICK

Not a huge social media user on his personal accounts, Bill Belichick still keeps us inspired through the Bill Belichick Foundation on Instagram. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, you’ll find some great stuff here.

#2. JEFF WEINER

As the CEO of LinkedIn, Jeff shares some great articles on his personal LinkedIn page and publishes his own content quite frequently. From business to leadership, there’s lots of great content here.

#3. ELON MUSK

A crazy innovator trying to make big changes, Elon has a strong presence on both Instagram and Twitter. These accounts are great ways to keep up with all the fun stuff he’s working on.

#5. STEVE JOBS

This wouldn’t be a complete list without mention of Steve Jobs and all the wonderful things he did in his lifetime. While there are no active accounts bearing his name, the Apple Instagram page frequently reminds us of their founder.

#6. NEIL PATEL

An innovator in the marketing space, Neil has been recognized as a top web influencer by a number of publications. He’s also the co-founder of KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg, and Hello Bar. His Twitter account is a great one to follow.

#7. GARY VAYNERCHUK

Known by his followers as “GaryVee”, this guy tells it like it is and takes no prisoners. His Instagram is filled with inspirational content, and his Twitter is fast-moving with tips on everything from marketing to wine.

#8. GRANT CARDONE

Arguably one of the biggest entrepreneur influencers online, Grant’s Instagram is filled with short video clips and quotes to keep you inspired in your daily life and business adventures.

These are just a few that give me energy when I read what they say. The key is also to surround yourself with people in your everyday life that deliver that same experience. I was fortunate to have a father and a mother that I get that same experience from. They have taught me so much throughout all the phases of my life.  I know we all spend our lives pursuing our own identity, but never forget that we get amazing gifts from those who we connect with in each and every moment of our lives.

Who are some of the inspirational and innovative people you follow on social media? Or, who has been a great inspiration to you that DOESN’T have social media? Share your “top list” in the comments.

This article originally appeared on the Jon Schulz website.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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4 Tips for Fueling Your Pipeline for the New Year

December 5, 2017 Leave a comment

During the holiday season, business sometimes slows down as our focus turns to parties, shopping and spending time with family and friends. So what can we do to make sure we end the year on a positive note with a strong final quarter?

Here are four tips for fueling your pipeline for the New Year.

1. Send holiday cards

In today’s digital age, sending a holiday card over snail mail might seem old-fashioned, but that’s exactly why it works. The receiver has to open it, and holiday cards are usually so pretty that people often display them proudly for others to see. Choose a design that will stand out from the rest of the cards and will express your holiday sentiment. It’s a thoughtful way of getting your name in front of your clients and it’s an easy way to express your gratitude for their ongoing business.

  1. Throw a holiday or end-of-year party for your customers

Everyone loves a good party! Splurge on extra good food, live music, or some special drinks. Treat your clients to a holiday extravaganza they’ll never forget. They might even brag about it to other people they know, and word of mouth is a powerful marketing medium.

  1. Ramp up your personal phone calls

Hopefully, you’re prospecting consistently and strategically, but if not, now is the time to check in with a client or contact just to say hello. The holidays are a perfect time to make a personal phone call and wish someone happy holidays. Everyone likes a little extra holiday cheer and to feel important to someone else.

A quick five-minute phone call might make a big impact, and don’t forget to ask for a referral when you have their undivided attention. They just might know someone else that needs a friendly commercial real estate broker.

  1. Evaluate your technology and make sure it’s up to speed

This might not be the actual fuel for your pipeline, but having the right technology is essential to maximizing the efforts above. You should organize your data with a CRM of course, but you should also have a tool to prospect and build relationships. Take advantage of any down time to explore new tools that can help you be more productive.

The last quarter of the year can be your best or worst. It’s up to you to put in a little extra effort to fuel your pipeline for the New Year and to end 2017 stronger than ever.

This article originally appeared on the Apto Commercial Real Estate blog.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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6 Gadgets to Get the CRE Tech Lover in Your Life

November 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Now that technology is becoming integrated into CRE, one of the best things about working in the field is all of the cool things you get to play with. From gadgets that help you stay organized and prepared in your day-to-day life, from big boy toys like drones and cameras that make fieldwork fun, here’s a list of the best accessories to get as a gift for that special real estate tech nerd in your life.

  1. PANASONIC LUMIX FZ300 DIGITAL CAMERA

An important part of working in real estate is going to job sites and taking professional photos of properties. Used to, snapping that perfect picture meant lugging around a bulky DSLR camera and various lenses, but with the Lumix FZ300 you’re able to take ultra-high quality real estate photos without the need for expensive lenses and heavy cameras.

  1. NIXON MISSION SMARTWATCH

Never let your special someone venture outdoors unprepared again by getting them the stylish Mission smartwatch by Nixon. This durable timepiece syncs up with Android and iOS devices to provide the wearer with a number of helpful functions, like setting reminders, answering messages, calling an Uber, and providing GPS navigation.

  1. APPLE WATCH

Apple Watch functions similar to the Nixon, but it’s for iPhone users who love everything Mac. The Apple Watch comes in a number of different styles, so finding one that matches your tech lover’s preferences shouldn’t be hard at all. In fact, with the introduction of wireless charging for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, we’re talking a whole new game with endless possibilities.

  1. DJI PHANTOM AERIAL UAV DRONE QUADCOPTER WITH GOPRO MOUNT

Drones aren’t just for hobbyists these days, they’ve also become important work tools for a lot of real estate professionals. With a good drone and some steady flying, you can take incredible pictures and record some really good footage for your virtual tours. If you know a certain someone who takes a lot of pictures and videos of commercial buildings, the DJI Phantom is definitely a good choice for a gift. But remember, the GoPro is sold separately.

  1. ANDROID AND IOS BLUETOOTH WALLET BY ERISONIC

Know someone who’s always running out the door forgetting their wallet and keys? Well, Erisonic’s Bluetooth Wallet solves one of their problems by sending a smartphone alert whenever you’ve misplaced or forgot your wallet, making it an excellent gift for anyone who frequently leaves the office and is a little scatterbrained.

  1. ANKER PORTABLE CHARGER POWERCORE

Not many things are more frustrating than having your cell phone die on you halfway through the workday. And in a field like CRE, your smartphone or tablet is more than just an electronic device – it’s your lifeline. These mobile gadgets are how professionals schedule their days, review documents, and coordinate with clients, so a dead phone can be terrible news for productivity. Fortunately, Anker’s PowerCore is able to charge your smartphones and tablets multiple times throughout the day if needed, keeping you well-connected to the outside world.

The holiday season is coming up and any of the gadgets on this list would make a perfect addition to tech geek working in real estate. What do you have on your list?

This article originally appeared on the Jon Schulz website.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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How Much You’ll Need to Run to Offset Thanksgiving Meals

November 21, 2017 Leave a comment

 

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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The Peak Time of Day for Everything You Do

November 14, 2017 Leave a comment

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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Use Your Seat to Get Ahead at Work

November 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Want to boost your performance at work?

Pick out a colleague who is really good in an area where you want to improve—and move your desk next to him or her.

Proximity to high achievers can lift people’s performance in various jobs, via inspiration, peer pressure or new learning, a growing body of research shows. The findings offer a silver lining to anyone annoyed at the current fad of flexible office-seating arrangements; employees can use them to their advantage.

Simply sitting next to a high achiever can improve someone’s performance by 3% to 16%, according to a two-year Northwestern University study of 2,452 help-desk and other client-service workers at a technology company.

The study is the first to tease apart different aspects of performance in an office job and analyze spillover in each. Productive employees—those who finished tasks quickly—raised the output of slower colleagues by 8%. Effective employees, who could handle customers’ problems without referring them to co-workers to finish, lifted their neighbors’ effectiveness by 16%. Quality workers, who received high ratings on customer surveys, inspired 3% improvements in colleagues’ quality ratings, says the study, published last year by the Harvard Business School. Researchers analyzed data from personnel files, seating-arrangement reports, task-tracking software and customer-satisfaction surveys in several U.S. and European offices of the company.

Lead author Dylan Minor sees a combination of inspiration and peer pressure at work. He compares it to the impact of a charismatic leader. Also, high performers weren’t dragged down by low achievers nearby, says Dr. Minor, an assistant professor of managerial economics at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.

For skills that have no upper limits, such as creativity, sitting elbow-to-elbow with a star may spark bigger gains, Dr. Minor says. People who are working from home or on the road might find a Starbucks and surround themselves with caffeinated high achievers.

When Hoon Oh was hired last year as a creative director in the Philadelphia offices of the ad agency Allen & Gerritsen, “we started riffing off each other’s thinking” right away, says Hilary Sedgwick, who is also a creative director. Mr. Oh and Ms. Sedgwick were seated across the office at first but soon slid their desks together. Their boss Jennifer Putnam, chief creative officer for the Boston-based agency, says both are passionate about their work, and “they’re teaching that to each other and teaching that to the team.”

Jobvite, a San Mateo, Calif., recruiting-software company, often seats new employees next to a high achiever. “It’s a form of orientation,” says CEO Dan Finnigan. He has noticed engineers gravitating toward their strongest co-workers, or those with the freshest skills. “You can pretty quickly figure out who’s got the extra juice, or the greatest insight. People are drawn to it. You can almost see the pathways on the floor,” Mr. Finnigan says.

David Blacker seated a new hire near his desk on a recruiting team he led at a previous employer. Within a month, “I started to hear my words coming out of her mouth” as she built his techniques into her own interviews, says Mr. Blacker, managing principal of Venerate Media Group, a digital-marketing company in Tampa, Fla.

Weak teachers whose colleagues teaching the same grade in the same school were highly skilled posted sharper gains in students’ math and reading test scores, compared with those surrounded by weaker colleagues, says a 2009 study of 11 years of test data on third- and fifth-grade students and teachers at 1,545 North Carolina schools. The weak teachers may have learned by watching their peers, or been inspired by them to get more training, the study says.

Newcomers to a high-performing team also can pick up good work habits, such as meeting deadlines and listening carefully, says Marc Landsberg, CEO of the Chicago social media agency Social Deviant. When teammates’ cubicles adjoin each other, “those pods take on tribal effects” that can have a big impact, positive or negative, on the whole team, he says.

There are some catches. In sales, people can benefit from being teamed with star performers, says a 2014 study at Washington University in St. Louis —but only if their pay is based on overall team performance. When top salespeople at department-store cosmetics counters were paid based on their team’s results, they helped less-skilled teammates by handing off loyal customers and turning their skills to luring new clients. Low performers suffered when pay was based on individual sales, however: Stars kept loyal customers for themselves and discounted prices to pump up their own sales.

Working under a colleague’s watchful eye can be especially potent. Supermarket cashiers who worked where star co-workers could see them posted performance gains, says a 2009 study of 370 cashiers in six stores. They may have been afraid their high-performing colleagues would ostracize them or report them to the boss, or they may simply have wanted to be liked, according to the two-year study, which was led by Alexandre Mas, a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University.

This article originally appeared on the Wall Street Journal website.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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Tips on How to Deal with a Noisy Office

October 24, 2017 Leave a comment

With the rise of the open office has come the rise of what I’ll call the open office symphony: the consistent click-clack of a colleague who types a little bit too aggressively, the boisterous yammer of loud talkers, and intermittent laughs about something on Slack or Twitter or YouTube.

While I’m sure most of your coworkers are respectful and only err in their ways momentarily (hey, I’m guilty of the offenses myself), the din can make it difficult not just to focus, but also to hold meetings and collaborate. But the right design and problem-solving products can help. We spoke to four architects at firms that have designed offices for HBO, Uber, LinkedIn, and Nike about their tricks of the trade.

Buy Your Way Out of the Problem

The easiest way to block noise is to introduce physical barriers. Softer tactile surfaces can “trap” sound and reduce how much sound is reflected, and in turn, how disruptive noise is. This doesn’t mean building a fort out of heavy drapery. Designers have gotten pretty good at making acoustic panels very attractive, like Baux’s patterned acoustic tiles, FilzFelt’s natural felt panels, and Carnegie’s Xorel Artform panels. Certain textiles can even block sound while allowing for visual transparency, like Designtex’s Acoustic Sheers. Even lighting can be found in sound-absorbing iterations, like BuzziSpace’s BuzziPleat lamp.

“A key question we ask per project is whether to celebrate the material as a design move with interesting color or texture, or whether we want the material to disappear and just reduce the movement of sound through a space without calling attention to itself,” says Patrick Bradley, a Project Architect at Studio O+A who has worked on offices for Nike and Yelp, among others. Some of his favorite moves? Arktura acoustical baffles for sculptural effects; K-13 spray-on cellulose that has “remarkable absorptive properties make the work space feel like the inside of a cloud,” he says; and fully upholstered seating nooks.

There’s an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to work-space noise, freestanding phone booths, like Jabbrrbox’s pods, and meeting rooms, like Steelcase’s Irys pod, can isolate noxious noise before it permeates an entire office.

Architect Your Way Into Silence

Most interior designers and architects would argue that the surefire way to reduce noise is to work with a professional to come up with a tailored solution for an office (hey, that’s what experts are for).

Denise Cherry, cofounder of the San Francisco firm Assembly Design, says acoustics have become a top priority for her clients, regardless of budget or scale. In years past, designing for noise was considered a luxury. While the woes of open offices are some of the most common complaints, she advises that sound transfer between conference rooms is an overlooked, but important, consideration. “If you can hear the conversation in the conference room next to you, you know they can hear yours,” she says. “And if you don’t feel safe to have a confidential conversation, it’s difficult to trust your work space.”

Her preferred noise-mitigating solutions? “Ones that are hiding in plain sight,” she says. “Wood ceilings with micro-perforations to deaden noise, felted or fabric wrapped surfaces that blend with their surroundings, or acoustic plaster, a material so subtle it essentially looks like drywall.”

David Holt–a design director at IA: Interior Architects and a senior associate at the firm, which counts LinkedIn, Bacardi, and Dyson as clients–says that the most effective strategy is to understand adjacency and how to organize people effectively. Seating heads-down, high-focus people away from more social and informal groups is key. But for spaces that are tight to begin with, high-back furniture can help create some division.

“Two wingback-style chairs facing each other are remarkably effective for a semi-private conversation,” Holt says. “It gets the acoustic absorption right where you need it, provides a bit of visual privacy, and the seating solution and the acoustic solution move together, for added flexibility.”

David Galullo–CEO and chief creative officer of Rapt Studio, a firm that designed for HBO and Dropbox–has noticed that his clients have accepted higher noise levels in open offices, but there’s still a need for privacy and quiet. His solution? Choice.

“Our strategies are less about minimization and more about offering a range of options for the level of distraction that is acceptable for specific tasks,” he tells Co.Design. “The mix of focus rooms, spaces that are programmed as quiet spaces, and various task-focused spaces built around a client’s individual processes are really the go-to strategy.”

One of Patrick Bradley’s go-to moves in designing offices is to divide an open-plan space into smaller sections. “Often we will break down what could otherwise feel like an open sea of workstations with screening partitions, or packs of new built rooms, to create smaller ‘neighborhoods’ of workstations,” he says. “Not only does this make you feel like you’re working in a smaller group situation, but it also offers your neighborhood some great breakaway opportunities right nearby.”

Add Noise (Hear Us Out!)

A light hum of activity can mask some of the more intrusive noises in an office–like a phone call–and can actually make work spaces nicer to inhabit.

“If it’s the kind of client where it’s a good cultural and practical fit, music playing at the right level does a good job of masking phone conversations and provides some mood and ambiance,” Holt says. “It’s a nice way to engage more senses in the design.”

For that, Bang & Olufsen has the BeoSound Shape, a modular wall-mounted audio system that dampens sound when it’s off. It’s really an architectural product more than just speakers: the ridged, fabric-covered units trap and muffle sound waves.

Galullo points out that there’s “no one size fits all” solution to noise, and it all depends on the culture of a space. Some companies swear by headphones, others frown upon them since they impede communication. What it boils down to is figuring out what people want. “When [I] asked where a young client goes for privacy, the response was ‘Starbucks,’ which is not unique,” Galullo says. “This, in itself is an example of the acceptance of ‘noise’ as a given, but redefines the word ‘privacy.’”

This article originally appeared on the Co.Design website.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs throughout the Boise Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime locations in the Boise metropolitan area. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

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