What Animal Corresponds To Your Sales Personality?

I recently asked a few people from our sales team a series of questions – both serious and lighthearted – about being in sales. One of the more casual and playful questions posed to the team challenged them to think about which animal most closely relates to them as sales people. This question is one that many people have come across in the interview process, as well as reading in various leadership articles. So what were their responses? Check out what they said below, contrasting to other popular answers. Lion Chameleon Rabbit Lion Jaguar I wasn’t surprised with the two lion responses – I think that responses including different types of felines are sometimes the most commonly found. Felines are often graceful and calculated – two things that sales people should consider strengths when carrying themselves and chasing business. One of the the greatest strength of lions is their ability to travel, hunt, and remain in […]

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Office of the Future… How About the Office of the Present?

 Guest Post, Written By: Scott Lesizza, Principal at Workwell Partners I have spent the past six months attending seminars, reading articles, and listening to just about everyone share an opinion on what the office of the future will look like. It seems that almost everyone that you speak to has an opinion on what offices will look like 10 years out. I’ve heard everything from finding ways for people to work in outdoors spaces or bringing the outdoors “indoors”, to creating spaces that are a home away from home – all great concepts. But what about those folks we call “clients”? You know, the ones whose leases are up and need to move within the next 6 to 12 months and are looking to create a space now that does not become obsolete in five years? The ones who understand that it might be cool to go and work from a hammock in ten years […]

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7 Stories We’re Reading Today

A Second Chance: Extended 2nd Life for a Mosaic Mural That Was Lost for Years (New York Times) Getting the Most Out of Your Network: The One Thing You Should Do After Meeting Anyone New (Commercial Observer) A Bright Future: How Today’s Young Architects Are Building the Future (The Wall Street Journal) London Calling: World’s first glass sky pool will be suspended 115 feet in the air (Inhabitat) Art + Architecture: Zaha Hadid Unveils High Line Installation (Archdaily) Funny on Film: The Worst Times NYC Was Featured In A Music Video, Ranked (Gothamist) Next Generation of Awesome: 8 Powerful Ways To Mold Children Into Leaders (Inc.)

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Workwell’s Sales Team Grows With Three New Hires

Over the past few months, Workwell has been expanding our team, making key hires to help drive our growing business. Most recently, our team has grown with the addition of three positions on our sales team. With the hiring of a Director of Sales, A&D Account Executive, and Director of Business Development, we’re excited to continue to provide exceptional service with a well-rounded, consultative, passionate team. Michael Schmieder joins the team as Director of Sales, bringing over nine years of experience in sales management in the commercial interiors industry to Workwell. Having worked for Formica Group for over 14 years, Michael’s skills include Strategic Planning, Team Development, and Relationship & Account Management, and will be an asset to Workwell’s growing team and business. Michael has studied Industrial Design Degree at Pratt Institute and has also studied Marketing and Industrial Distribution at The New School and Purdue University, respectively. As Workwell’s A&D Account Executive, Vera Hawkins’ 22 years […]

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Designing Offices For Introvert + Extrovert Needs

Here at Workwell, we love the consultative process with many of our clients looking to improve their office space for their teams. It’s an opportunity for our designers and account executives to provide advice on what would work best for each individual client’s needs. Something that we’ve heard more and more from clients, as well as many industry experts, is the need to design these spaces with both introverts and extroverts in mind. For myself, I like to say that I’m in introvert trapped in an extrovert’s body. I love social interaction, networking, and meeting new people, but while I am working during the day, it’s a little bit of a different story. If you frequent Workwell’s office, you may find me seated at my desk with my headphones in, listening to music while I plug away at my desk. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I sit on a bench configuration within our space […]

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Interesting Articles from Around the Internet

Preparation Is Half The Battle: The Top 5 Questions to Prepare for in an Architecture Job Interview – ArchDaily Famed Collaboration: Zaha Hadid Teams Up With Pharrell And Adidas For A New Sneaker Design – Co. Design How To Get Healthy: Ways To Give Your Staff the Tools for Optimum Health at Work – Work Design Magazine Summer Fun: What to Expect at Next Month’s NYC Summer Streets – Untapped Cities A Look at Local History: A Piece Of The Original Penn Station Is Still Standing On 31st Street – Gothamist Add These To Your Summer Reading: 14 Literary Classics You Didn’t Know Could Help You Become a Better Entrepreneur – Entrepreneur Hefty Price In the Hamptons: Take a tour of the most expensive house for sale in America – Business Insider

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Site Feature: Return Path

Project: Return Path Location: New York, NY Timeline: February – July 2014 Architect/Designer: Spector Group Key Features: High Impact Collaborative Areas, Privacy Collaborative Booths, Open Floor Benching Configuration, Height-Adjustable Desks Manufacturers: Haworth, Humanscale, Nienkamper, Slyde, Allermuir About The Project: Return Path, an email intelligence company with headquarters in New York City recently moved office locations and wanted a space to reflect their innovative and creative brand. A priority for the space was to encourage collaboration and impromptu meetings using open and high-impact areas. Click through the gallery below:  

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“From Head To Heart To Hand”: Architecture & Furniture

Every year, Haworth holds a Dealer Day on the Sunday before NeoCon to celebrate their dealer network with workshops, a cocktail party and a tour of the Chicago Showroom. While the party and tour are a great opportunity to network and meet other dealers from around the world and see the new NeoCon spaces, it’s really the workshops that stand out to me. As a marketer, I often find myself interested in the creative aspects of the interiors industry like design, architecture, art. One of the workshops this year merged these creative concepts and explained what furniture dealers and manufacturers can do to leverage their skills to successfully create what not only beautiful spaces, but functional ones as well. Will Bruder, President of Will Bruder Architects based in Phoenix, took the time in the workshop to share some of his successes, as well as lessons learned in creating spaces throughout his career. The talk, titled […]

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What We’re Reading

The Times They Are A Changin’: The 115-Year Evolution Of The American Home, Illustrated – Co. Design Awesome Design In This Dutch Workplace: Ateliers transforms old technology museum in Delft into flexible open-plan office – Dezeen Cool Map Things: This Is How NYC Would Look if It Was Created in Inception – Curbed NY Find Success & Love What You Do: 4 Ways to Find Out What Your Strengths Are – NY Observer Big Name Brands: Fascinating facts about 10 of the world’s best-selling products – Business Insider History In Lower Manhattan: Bowling Green in Manhattan’s South Ferry, The Oldest Public Park in NYC – Untapped Cities Holiday Preparation: 9 travel apps to make your Fourth of July weekend even better – Mashable

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Top NeoCon Trend: [Re]Mix of Materials

In our first two NeoCon blog posts, we discussed how color and technology were major players at the showcase. Our final favorite trend takes a look at how mixing materials can take a piece of furniture and completely change it’s look and purpose. Material Mix-Up: Chair Backs While walking around NeoCon, we noticed several manufacturers were showcasing their seating products with unique new details. Specifically, we saw a trend of wood veneers and other casing shells on the back of the chairs. Andreu World’s Best of NeoCon Gold Award-Winning Flex Executive Conference Chair (pictured left) is a great example of the power that mixing materials can have on the aesthetic of the piece. With a walnut veneer back, the Flex Executive adds a special touch to the chairs positioned around the conference table, contrasting with the light gray upholstered fabric seat. Paoli’s CO|HO chairs offer a seating solution that is both comfortable and beautiful, with an exposed […]

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