The car, it’s been said, is king in America. In most places, life is impossible without one. Even in most dense cities, presumably the places where it would be easiest to live without a car, municipal codes often include requirements for a certain number of parking spots per person for any new building. But a new neighborhood in Tempe, Arizona, will be an outlier, by fully prioritizing people over vehicles. If you want to live there, you have to agree to not have your own personal automobile. advertisement advertisement Culdesac Tempe, a 1,000-person development set to open fall 2020, bills itself as the “world’s first post-car real estate developer.” Founders Ryan Johnson and Jeff Berens say they want to provide people the option of living a car-free lifestyle. The mixed-use Culdesac Tempe neighborhood is a $140 million project, capitalized by traditional real estate investors, and will include a dog park, restaurants, market hall, grocery … [Read more...] about If you want to live in this new Arizona neighborhood, you can’t own a car
Most renters go into a new rental situation pretty blind about the landlord. It might be possible to look up previous code violations on the building, but harder to know whether the landlord is going to be the kind that takes months to get to emergency repairs or a nagging bed bug infestation. And in many cities, the housing or building department doesn’t inspect unless in response to a complaint or history of complaints. advertisement advertisement But what if landlords were licensed just like restaurants? When you go out to eat in many cities, you expect to see a sanitation grade that is based on a recent inspections. This provides more transparency to diners who don’t want to eat from a kitchen with rats or slightly-too-warm refrigerator. Toronto is working on establishing such a landlord licensing system, a concept that was backed by the mayor earlier this year. The city’s plan would involve regular inspections of all apartment buildings with more than … [Read more...] about What If You Could See A Rating For Your Landlord Before You Signed A Lease?
Managers often have backgrounds in the disciplines of their reports: financial analysts become financial managers, software engineers become product managers. But my first job out of college was as a startup founder. That meant I had to start managing people immediately—without any direct experience in the trenches or subject matter expertise. advertisement advertisement Unsurprisingly, I made a lot of mistakes. I didn’t know the ins and outs of my employees’ day-to-day tasks, so the trust between us started off rocky. But I learned that I could add value by creating an environment that let the team do its best work. When I took the time to understand the team’s context and gain its trust, the result was a dynamic, productive, problem-solving team. Since then, I’ve taught myself to be proactive about managing a team whose domain isn’t in my area of expertise. Here’s what I do to learn and build trust when I’m not an expert: 1. … [Read more...] about How to manage teams when you’re not the subject matter expert
Your ability to think strategically is the most important leadership trait you can have–more important than your innovativeness, influence, communication skills, or ability to get things done. advertisement advertisement According to 60,000 managers from more than 140 countries, it makes you one of the most highly effective leaders. This does not mean that other traits are unimportant, but if you want your team to excel, you need to share your strategic thinking skills with them. To understand how you can do this, my colleague Charmian Hall and I interviewed 15 experts anywhere from university professors to CEOs who have thought deeply about this challenge. Here is our checklist from this panel of brilliant minds for what you and your team can do now to raise their strategic thinking capacity: Your People 1. Connect your people with what matters. Entrepreneurship guru Michael Gerber suggests you ask questions like, “What is the most important thing to you? What … [Read more...] about 9 Ways To Share Your Strategic Thinking Skills With Your Team
Adam Hasler looks like a footloose millennial. He’s worked as a model, waited tables, and lived all over the world. But at 28, there’s more to his résumé than meets the eye. advertisement advertisement He earned a dual degree in history and international relations at American University. After graduating, he and two partners–boosted by a $10,000 stake from his parents and an investment from a local restaurateur–took over the coffeehouse where he had worked since age 19: Modern Times, inside the Politics and Prose bookstore, a beloved Washington, D.C., institution. “I was 22 and naive,” he says now. “We got our asses handed to us.” Still, working 16-hour days for weeks on end, “living on cookies and beer,” Hasler and his partners increased the shop’s revenue in three years from less than $200,000 to $500,000. Stacy Brown-Philpot, 36 1997 First job: Pricewaterhouse-Coopers 1999 Second job: Goldman … [Read more...] about The Four-Year Career