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What is Your Competitive Advantage and Why You Should Keep it Fresh with Rita McGrath (podcast)

Today’s special guest is Rita Mcgrath a featured speaker at the crew network annual convention in Bellevue, Washington. Ms. McGrath is an author, business strategist and professor at Columbia Business School. In this show, Rita and I discuss identifying your competitive advantages in business, why those advantages are not sustainable without reinvigorating and refreshing them. As it relates to a competitive advantage, such as Polaroid’s instant cameras, the responsibility of management is to constantly cultivate new, next generation and stronger competitive advantages, no matter how strong you current advantages seem. The bottom line is not to sit on your laurels.
Does this philosophy only apply to businesses?

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Is Your Building Healthy and Why You’re Dying to Find Out

Do you know what makes a building healthy or sick? Do you know the costs associated with both? Do you even know what a healthy building is?

In this show, we talk with two of the most respected experts in the industry, SIMON TURNER, CEO and Managing Director of the Western Region of Healthy Buildings and CAROLYN RICKARD-BRIDEAU, partner and office president of “Little”, an expanded services and architectural firm, who will answer those questions and more. For those who think about how to make buildings perform better, it’s not just about electricity and water usage. It’s also about how we as humans interact with our environment and in particular those buildings that we spend much of our day in.

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CREW Network Annual Convention Preview with Gail Ayers and Should Men Attend (Quick Answer: Absolutely Yes!)

In preparation of this year’s CREW Network Annual Convention in Bellvue, Washington from September 30th through October 2nd, I interview Gail Ayers, CEO of CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women). In case you haven’t noticed yet, I am a huge proponent of diversity in commercial real estate and a supporter of CREW Network.

In this radio show, Gail talks about:

Her many successes as CREW Network CEO over the past 11 years;
The many programs and advantages afforded to CREW members; and
What you can expect if you attend the convention;
Gail and I also discuss whether or not this is a women only thing or whether or not men should consider attending also.

As an attendee last year, I can tell you, from my own experience, guys should absolutely attend. The predominantly female attendees are warm, inviting and “inclusionary”. The mere fact that this seems to be a well kept secret among male commercial real estate professionals is reason alone to attend. The guys haven’t gotten it yet.

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The Essential Elements for Rebuilding a Community After a Disaster ~ Resiliency and The Role of the Architect

Sherry is the Executive Director at American Institute of Architects Foundation. She spoke at Greenbuild on the topic of Resiliency in the 21st Century. I thought it was a great title, but I need help from Sherry to explain the term “resiliency” in the context of the Greenbuild conference and the theme of sustainability. This interview is Sherry’s explanation. The key point that Sherry got across to me was that the goal was not just to rebuild, but learn the lessons of the disaster and to rebuild so that the community, not only comes back, but thrives and continues to thrive in a way, likely not imagined before the disaster.

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Trend to Urbanization According to Maria Sicola, Head of Research, Americas, Cushman & Wakefield

Maria Sicola and Cushman & Wakefield see a continuing economic recovery, particularly in the central business districts of the gateway cities, such as Boston, New York and San Francisco as well as energy markets, including Houston. As these markets continue their strong economic growth, the growth should start spreading to the secondary and tertiary cities. Urbanization appears to be a…

CREFC West Coast High Yield Real Estate Finance Summit

What Is CREFC and Why I Am Attending the West Coast High Yield Summit

Stephen Renna, The President & Chief Executive Officer of CREFC explains what CREFC is and its evolution. Here is a hint, “CRE Finance Council”. Don’t make me explain what “CRE” stands for. It’s an acronym, Look at the title of our radio show. Enough said. I was particularly impressed with our discussion on how the council transitioned from a CMBS focused organization to an organization touching on all aspects of real estate financing, particularly at a time when other organizations were retracting during the recession.

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Are You Making the Best Use of Your Time & Skills? Hiring an Assistant or Outsourcing

Have you just been bursting to give advice to other brokers on how to do things right? Well, now is your chance. We are going to help Allen Buchanan best prepare for bringing his son-in-law into the real estate business.

Rather than our usual format, we are going to treat this radio show as a problem solving forum where the listeners become the heavy participants and become more the speakers than the listeners.

Among other things, we will discuss: How to best prepare for a new trainee? What can or should a trainee do both over the short term and long term? Best training practices? How soon should they join organizations such as Boma and CCIM? How much should they be paid and how effective is the bonus or commission system? How to best involve them in social media and when?

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Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy – What You Need To Know

No matter what your thoughts on the future economy, if you are a commercial real estate professional, you must know and understand how bankruptcy can effect commercial real property and the landlord/tenant relationship. What are the factors, law and strategies that you may want to consider before a tenant or landlord files for bankruptcy. If you are a tenant, how can you protect yourself if the landlord files for bankruptcy protection? What is a real estate specific bankruptcy and when should a tenant consider this option? These and other issues will be discussed during this radio show.