Guest Post: How Important Is Building An Online Persona for Late Adapters?

 Written By Scott Lesizza, Co-Founder and Principal of Workwell Partners I read somewhere that unsolicited advice is the strongest sign of arrogance. And to an extent, I agree.  So what I’m sharing is what has worked for me in the past. I’m not a huge fan of the “5 reasons that XYZ will make you better”. Perhaps in sharing some of what has worked for me (through trial and much error!) maybe I can help a few people avoid mistakes that I have had to learn the hard way. Karma will find a way to return the favor. I am 42, and pretty much missed the Facebook and Twitter hype by five years. My thought at the time was that both were for the self indulgent. Truth is – they can be, but only if used incorrectly. I pretty much avoided them on principal; Big mistake. But it’s never too late. By taking the advice of […]

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Weekly Roundup

Here are some notable, entertaining and interesting stories we enjoyed this week. Happy reading! The Best of Last Year: The 10 Coolest Office Spaces Of 2014 (Fast Company) Business Tips: How to Be Totally Present and Productive (Entrepreneur) Winter Blues Begone: Three Ways to Make Winter at Work More Bearable (Bloomberg Businessweek) Top of the Heap: Foster + Partners named world’s most admired architect for ninth year in a row (Dezeen) “Fabulous” New Beginning: Fab CoFounder Bradford Shellhammer Is Launching Design Sales Site Bezar (Fast Company) Advice for Creating Seller-Doers: Take the “Selling” Out of Sales (ENR) Healthy & Happy: Creating Healthcare Environments That Improve Health (Healthcare Design) Why the Doorman Is Lonely: Nearly one-quarter of NYC apartments are non-primary homes (NY Times)

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New Lines & Products for 2015

Cheers to another year! Our team is looking forward to another great year in the contract furniture and workplace solutions industry. As we ramp up the year ahead, we’re excited to share some of our vendors newest collections and products. From practical office solutions to sleek healthcare goods, we know this is just the start of some great products to come out this year. A debut at the 2014 NeoCon Showcase, Nucraft’s Kai conference line is now officially available for order. The sleek and beautiful table brings function with available power and data capabilities that can be added, moved, or removed with minimal aesthetic impact (pictured below, middle). With a variety of finishes and matching credenzas, the Kai is a well-made and stunning addition to any conference room. Over at Gibson, they have added two lines to their portfolio, which have helped them to round out their offerings. Notable addition, Enwork, offers height adjustable workstations, benching […]

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Furniture for the C-Suite

Furniture selection requirements can vary greatly depending on application. When it comes to an open floor plan where associates are looking to collaborate, benching and open lounge areas are most common. On the opposite side of the spectrum, when considering what should be selected and installed on the C-Level Suite, there are a lot of options that can help elevate the aesthetic and express creativity through furniture. C-Level Executives often have passionate and determined views on what the spaces they are in most frequently should look like. When choosing furniture for these executives, several factors such as budget and quality should be considered to help promote a great look and environment, while being special for these decision makers. Below are some of the most important pieces for the C-Suite, including some of the favorite products and lines we often see interest in. Executive Desks Paoli “Fuse” – An updated version of a classic executive desk, Fuse […]

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Interesting Industry News

A Look Into the History of One of Manhattan’s Most Iconic Avenues: Park Avenue, Interrupted (NY Times) Holiday Trivia: 18 Things You Didn’t Know About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (Thrillist) A Royal’s Real Perspective on Urban Design: Prince Charles reveals 10 principles for “more mature view” of urban design (Dezeen) Downtown’s Positive Outlook: Public has embraced gorgeous new World Trade Center (New York Post) Bronx Real Estate Update: FreshDirect to finally break ground in South Bronx (Crain’s New York Business) Whimsy & Wizards: Harry Potter-themed hotel launches in London (Luxury Listings NYC) An Urban Update to the World’s Wonders: These 7 cities are the new ‘Urban Wonders’ of the world (The Real Deal)  

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7 Stories To See Today

Move Over Manhattan: This Outer Borough Neighborhood Was Just Named the Hottest In the City (Bisnow) “Sitting Is the New Smoking” Is So 2014: 3 workplace trends to watch for in 2015 (Fortune) Social Media Smarts: Why Every Facilities Manager Should Be A Facebook Expert (Work Design Magazine) The Bold, Beautiful, and Strange: 5 NYC building oddities (Luxury Listings NYC) City By the Sea: SHoP Architects Reveal Restoration Plan for New York’s Seaport District (Arch Daily) Bring It To Brooklyn: B’klyn to get first spec office building in decades (Crain’s NY Business) The Creative Process: Watch a Designer Who Really Knows What He’s Doing Create a Logo From Scratch (AdWeek)

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Monday Industry Update

Happy Monday all! With another week ahead of us, we’ve gathered some interesting pieces and newsworthy articles to keep you updated as we get working today. Check them out below: A Design To Give You Wings: Surprising Red Bull Offices in New York Designed in a Modern, “Low-Key” Tone (Freshome) A Lesson To Learn In Design: David Rockwell’s Secret To Creativity? Asking “What If” (Fast Co. Design) Hudson Yards Tenant Update: Gary Vaynerchuk’s ad firm takes large space at 10 Hudson Yards (The Real Deal NY) 2020 Olympic Stadium Design Update: Zaha Hadid on “embarrassing” criticism (Dezeen) To Open By Christmas 2016: A First look at a Second Avenue Subway station (New York Post) All For One & One For All: USGBC and BCSE Join Global Effort to Further Energy Efficiency (Otto) ’Tis the season – for $4 million-plus homes: Luxury contracts break record in November (The Real Deal NY) Head In the Clouds?: Technologies For What It’ll Take For Humans […]

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Guest Post: How To Break A Sales Slump and Get Your Mojo Back

 Written by Scott Lesizza, Co-Founder and Principal at Workwell Partners Mojo..  Every society has a word or term for it. Webster’s describes it as: “a power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective, successful, etc”. The word itself invokes images of some mystical force. Sometimes it’s referred to as being in “the zone” or “on point” and on the flipside, “The Yips” when we lose it.  So, what can you do to get out of a slump? If there is one thing I have learned in my professional (and personal) life is that the highs and lows run in spurts. The beauty of highs and lows is that you would never be able to appreciate the good times without occasionally experiencing the bad – and losing one’s mojo. Here are a few tips that I use when I need to get my mojo back: Take a few days off. Coaches […]

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Site Feature: Atlas Holdings

Project: Atlas Holdings Location: Greenwich, CT Timeline: January – September 2014 Architect/Designer: HLW Key Features: Height Adjustable Executive Desks, High-Impact Lounge Spaces, Reclaimed Wood Pantry Table Manufacturers: Haworth, Airhaus, Bernhardt Deisgn, BuzziSpace, Clarus, Coalesse, Davis, Herman Miller, Holly Hunt, Humanscale, Janus et Cie, Keilhauer, Kusch Seating, Minotti, Modworxx, Nucraft, Restoration Hardware, Stylex, Vitra About The Project: Atlas Holdings, a private equity firm with headquarters in Greenwich, CT has a diversified portfolio as unique as it’s recently renovated space. Converted from an old residential space, the office incorporates a cozy, residential feel while maintaining all of the amenities of a  modern workplace. Workwell worked closely with the client to ensure precision in design and finish to match the carefully curated look the team was aiming for. The result was a cohesive space featuring high-impact lounge areas, height adjustable executive desks, and a show-stopping reclaimed wood pantry table.  

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