October 27, 2021
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Why shipping containers are showing up in backyards
Consumers trying to save money on pools and recycle items no longer used for their original purposes are turning to shipping containers, which often only carry cargo one-way from Asia to the US. The shipping container pools also have an advantage over conventional models because they can be transported when owners move.
Full Story: Axios (10/26) 
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Change Management That Works
United Airlines executives formed a "bounceback team" to assess rebound scenarios as they evaluated the course of the pandemic, acknowledging its unpredictable timeline. The airline is moving forward with plans to expand its domestic flight schedule now that demand is reemerging.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (10/21) 
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A world peering beyond the horizon of the pandemic needs economic growth, a sustainability focus and an emphasis on inclusion, but these three imperatives don't always support each other, contends this McKinsey analysis. "As in the pandemic, we will need multiple experiments, unprecedented speed in scaling successful ones, and broad participation across actors," the analysts write.
Full Story: McKinsey (10/26) 
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Large businesses such as General Electric, PepsiCo and Sony aren't known for moving fast, but each solved challenging business problems through agility hacks that circumvented standard operating procedures, Amy Edmondson and Ranjay Gulati write. They note that teams carrying out "agility hacks" homed in on their purpose, got sufficient buy-in from leadership and "followed a systematic, disciplined process of rapid trial and error aimed at producing results within a tight time frame."
Full Story: Harvard Business Review (tiered subscription model) (November/December 2021) 
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People - Planet - Profitability
Investors are increasingly looking for real estate projects that prioritize sustainability, with the trend driven in part by new standards and more accurate monitoring tools and data. Examples of the sustainable movement include Hudson Pacific Properties' Epic solar-powered office building in Hollywood and Prologis' use of green bonds on warehouse projects.
Full Story: The New York Times (10/26) 
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Going Digital
Internet speed in the US changed for the better since the start of the pandemic due to efforts by states to implement improvements through programs such as the Wyoming Broadband Council and a project in Kentucky that resulted in adding more than 3,000 miles of fiber cables.
Full Story: VentureBeat (10/26) 
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