I was in a business roundtable the other day when the moderator suggested that in order to get to know one another better - and potentially set the stage for a more meaningful connection - that we tell a story about ourselves…
Leaders everywhere are asking themselves questions about how to get their organizations back on track in the coming days, weeks, and months. But if they want better answers, they need to ask better questions.
Companies (and employees!) were forced by the pandemic to work remotely almost exclusively. Very few companies had policies, procedures, collaboration tools and structures to make the transition – and yet here we are all working remotely…..
Office spaces should give working adults the same advantages as great playscapes give to children; to experiment without boundaries, to build trust and relationships, to fill us with energy, to break down judgement, to silence our inner critic, and to trigger creative thought.
Design thinkers refer to a challenge that presents itself with incomplete or contradictory information and vague paths forward as a “wicked problem”. Our mission at OPX – making good companies work better – is the epitome of a“wicked problem”.
Managing Partner Steve Polo was featured on Federal News Network’s “What’s Working in Washington“with Jonathan Aberman on January 16th, 2019. To learn more about how running a business isn’t just taking a good idea and running with it.
In volleyball, points are scored by placing the ball where the opposing team is not. Coaches often urge players to look for where the other team isn’t for serving and hitting opportunities to score points.
Now, I’ve been fortunate enough to never have worked in an environment quite as hostile as Mad Men’s Sterling Cooper (or have ever had a boss quite like Mr. Draper), but I have felt underappreciated in the workplace.
For me the quest for constant improvement is a good indicator of a life-learner personality type. The natural curiosity of a life-learner can form the basis of a very powerful design tool if fed by the honest feedback of clients and end-users.
Imagine that you went to work in a different office every day. Some days you felt like working at the office near your house, and sometimes when you wanted to be in the city, you went to an office downtown.
For the first few years of my career, I worked for a design firm that specialized in multi-family housing, i.e., living spaces which are typically inhabited between the weekday hours of 5pm-9am and the weekends.
Scenario planning is like predicting the future, but won’t tell you tomorrow’s weather or who will win the World Series. Scenario planning’s value, if done correctly, is derived from its ability to provide information on all possible futures from any given decision.
OPX recently had the pleasure and honor to donate our time and design services to helping Community Support Services (CSS), a Gaithersburg-based nonprofit that provides services and support to children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
One of the greatest leaders of our time, Nelson Mandela, was buried on December 15, 2013 in his home village of Qunu in Johannesburg, South Africa.Good fortune gave OPX a special connection to Nelson Mandela.
No, not necessarily in the red suit, overweight, bearded form; but in our field, jolly ol’ Nick is a necessary spark of joy. The twinkle in a designer’s eye that then leads to an idea that’s followed by a thrill pursuit a of the unknown – that is real.
On Monday, May 4th SmartCEO held their first annual Skyline Awards event in Bethesda, MD to honor companies in the Commercial Real Estate industry that are sharing landscapes and changing skylines for the better. OPX is proud to be a Skyline Awards Finalist, honored for our Integrated Operating Environment (IOE) work.