Homebuilder and designer Kim Gordon is taking the Southern California housing market by storm. Her homes sell quickly and secure a price that is $1 million to $2 million above comparable properties in the area. She took an unconventional career path and built her business without a formal college degree in architecture or design. Instead she used her passion, vision, guts and determination to make her dream a reality. Gordon shares her thoughts on what entrepreneurs need to do to succeed in the business world today.
You glance at the to-do-list on your desk. There are eight simple tasks and one challenging project. You have already put off the project for a couple of days because it’s complex and will take most of your day, if not your entire day, to complete. Nothing on the list is due immediately. What do you do? Some executives knock out all of the smaller projects first and save the intimidating job for the end of the day. The thinking is that you will be more productive and ready to tackle that behemoth job. Unfortunately, that’s the wrong choice. Executives should be focusing on the most important or challenging tasks first thing in the morning, according to experts.
The New Year has come and gone. It’s almost February and many business leaders are already wishing they had another vacation or an extra day off on the horizon. Coming back to work after a long holiday break can be challenging. Those first few days back you may hit the ground running—catching up on emails and the work that was missed—but shortly thereafter many executives hit a wall. You can call it a post-vacation slump or post-holiday blues, but the result is the same. You will wake up feeling unmotivated and dread going to work. Fortunately, there are a few strategies that can help business leaders overcome that slump, stay productive and reenergize their work routine.
It’s an intriguing portmanteau, but what does this new term—bleisure—actually mean? Defined simply, it is a blending of business-oriented trips with personal time. For instance, an account manager may be sent to Paris for a client meeting and decide to extend the trip over the weekend to shop the Champs-Élysées. By combining business with leisure, she is participating in the bleisure trend.