Workplace Transformation is a Journey!

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This fall, our Charlotte office capped off our Five Wines Workplace Series with a champagne toast. As we explored our previous Fine Wines topics – Wellbeing, Return on Innovation, Flexibility, Mobility, and Culture, it was clear that leading, managing, and communicating change is paramount to the future of workplace. Our September presentation focused on that subject and highlighted simple strategies that can reduce apprehension and encourage and support the journey!

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Trends and Influencers
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Innovations Award for Visual Merchandising by Kikki.K, London, United Kingdom

Our Brand Experience Studio recently curated a collection of stores that identify emerging global retail trends, referencing benchmark projects conceived at the intersection of visionary and ambitious thinking. The examples explore innovative and award-winning approaches, technologies and materials that make up todays retail environments and we invite you to view the presentation online. Before you do, a little background and some highlights on the Retail Design Institute’s 45th International Store Design Competition & Gala celebrating those influencing our Industry …

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The Other Side of the Generation Gap

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It seems like each day I stumble onto an article, blog post, or special report about the Generational gap in the workplace.  It starts out productive for all points of view : how Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers and Millennials can work together… and then it takes a sharp turn and becomes a tutorial for dealing with young people.  Typically, these how-to’s are sugarcoated in lots of “compli-sults” (insults shrouded in a faux / weak compliment, e.g. “stuck in their cell phones, but great with technology!”), and generalizations about one of the most diverse generational ranges in history : 1981-2000 covers a lot of ground.  Think about that : right now, Millennials range from 14 to 33 years old.  Some of us are divorced parents by now, and some can’t even drive.  When the recession hit, we were somewhere between 8 and 27.

As a response to these seminars (often lasting several hours) and dime-a-dozen lessons, I’d like to turn the tables for one moment and look at it from the other side of the equation.  As a Millennial, how do you deal with Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers in the workplace?

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November 10th, 2014 | Comments Off | Beyond Architecture
Communication Breakdown: The Great Divide

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Gen X.  Baby Boomers.  The Silent Generation.  And Gen Y aka Millennials aka Digital Natives.  Four generations in the workplace.  It’s a topic we’ve all heard about, especially all the data, surveys, and trends.  But what do we do with all that data?  What is it telling us?  What adjustments do we need to make in how we communicate?  Thanks to Building Design + Construction Magazine, I recently had the chance to explore this topic with 50 other A/E/C industry leaders.

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October 7th, 2014 | Comments Off | Beyond Architecture
Caution: Trend Bender Ahead

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My iPhone alarm goes off.  I open one eye to turn it off.  While still waking up and still horizontal (portrait orientation-lock changed my life), I repeat this ritual: scan my email, a semi-conscious cyclopian student of retail. With zero filters to block the flow of information from directly flooding my neocortex, I thumb through a half dozen retail industry news feeds that say the same thing: Online, Ecomm, Social Media, Big Data…. blah, blah, blah…zzzz. Hit the snooze button for nine more. READ MORE

September 3rd, 2014 | Comments Off | Retail Therapy
At Least One These 8 Random Things Will Make Your Life Better

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A few of my favorite web sightings. In no particular order.

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July 8th, 2014 | Comments Off | P.S.
If I had $1,000,000…Or Not

Even if you don’t have a big budget, there are still ways to make your project look like a million bucks. We have been working on many projects for non-profit organizations and some TI work where the build out budget leaves little room for expensive embellishment, or perhaps because of the “times”, clients are hesitant to spend money on their interior finishes or just want to save money. READ MORE

February 8th, 2013 | Comments Off | Work It
Desk Swap: Are You Up For It?

As a member of Little’s marketing team, I sit among four incredible women. To be honest, I can’t imagine my day without having them a stone’s throw away. We collaborate, we find solutions, we learn from each other and, on occasion, we like to think we’ve solved the world’s problems (not a rarity among any group of women). How could I give this up – even for only a short time? I’m not certain that I can, but I’m going to give it a shot. In 2013, I want to begin sharing the enthusiasm for desk swapping.

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December 20th, 2012 | Comments Off | Work It