Sunday, June 28, 2009
We are all in the business of making lemonade these days. I am hearing more anecdotal evidence that the beginning of the end of our current economic mess is in sight, but I am not yet a believer. Several of my friends in the design and construction industry point to an uptick in proposals but none of them are yet signing much new business. They interpret the increased RFP activity level as a sign that good things are about to happen. Maybe. Or maybe it’s a sign of people wishing and hoping good things will happen. Who knows? Time will tell, and I hope it tells a happy story.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
When globalization developed momentum it quickly over ran most organization’s ability to track operational and portfolio data in a coherent manner. Recall also that the break up of the
Soviet Union both added political instability and introduced new business energy into the Eastern European region. Stir that pot just a bit and you have one very interesting recipe. CRE/FM teams raced to support business expansions in an often times chaotic environment. Making it more difficult was the lack of comparative data. Forget about trying to normalize against Western measures, we often couldn’t normalize between two Eastern countries. Each, it seemed, had their own business calculus. They measured space differently and often something as simple as that had no standard within a country.