Where Real Work Gets Done….

A new paradigm shift in work spaces?

I tweaked Chris Brogan’s blog to fit me.  I just love his insight….

I do most of my work at Panera, Borders and Barnes and Noble. Although I have 2 “official” offices, it is rare that you will find me in either for too long.

Why?

* “Bookstores have books, which are full of ideas. When I work here, I can pluck a book off the shelf, get an idea, and get a new perspective on my project.

* Bookstores and cafes have fresh food and lots of people anxious to serve me the food. It means I can focus on what I’m doing and not worry about the sustenance part.

* Bookstores have big parking lots and lots of room to hold brief, cafe-shaped meetings with a few people. They’re not the best place to conduct official business, but they’re perfect for brainstorming and idea gathering and status delivering.

* Bookstores are usually staffed with pleasant people who don’t do what I do, so they’re willing to chat for a few minutes, but won’t bury me in the details.

* Cafes and Bookstores are actually fun.

How come so many people still go to the office? People’s biggest answer usually relates to collaboration. It’s harder to get stuff done when everyone’s spread out.

The second answer seems often to be “we can’t tell when people are working or not.”

That’s the one that bugs me. It just means that management and measurements need tweaking.”

More coffee?

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