Perspectives 2016

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PDR will host our annual Perspectives Forum on August 31st and September 1st 2016. Perspectives is an invitational gathering, curated to exchange ideas about the future of workplace strategy, and this year’s topic is Collegiate To Corporate: Workplace insights from learning environments. 

What can successful universities teach corporations about co-creation, technology, autonomy, flexibility, and responsibility?  How will we best enable our next generation of problem solvers? PDR’s Workplace Performance Practice, a workplace strategy thought leader, is excited to provide a platform that expands the collective knowledge of leaders focused on workplace performance and encourages them to implement their insight and experiences.

Think Big, Act Fast

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At PDR, we’ve always focused on the long view while staying tuned-in to the current state of market. We define the market as both the business climate where our clients operate and the real estate market’s response to it. It’s where we live, between business and design, which positions us to help our clients navigate through their evolving workplace journey that will ultimately influence their business success.

The best workplace solutions now behave more like software than hardware. High performance is the goal and workers require fewer boundaries and more freedom. 
Workers want choices — not either or, this or that, but yes and. Because work is increasingly dynamic they need workspaces that are agile: independent and shared, focused and collaborative. 

Building on our strategic approach to workplace and in response to a growing market need, we grow and improve our design business and diverse consulting services to best serve our clients. Moving forward, we remain true to our core mission: impacting business through workplace. 

Looking at the very near future, and particularly the demands of the Houston market, we recognize that Houston is a great barometer for understanding the global impact of the business climate on organizations. Primary issues facing companies today are quality and speed — companies need to make better decisions faster to accelerate innovation and bring it to market. 

Whether the workers are engineers and scientists or analysts and planners, business success depends on an individual’s ability to do their best work. To help our clients address these priorities, we engage in deep exploration of their specific issues within the context of universal business challenges and advise them on best options to achieve their goals. Drawing on our deep experience and expertise, and benchmarking their peers and icons, we open the door to more meaningful and intentional workplace strategies and solutions.

Not only are the demands of work changing — so are the demands of workers. The best workplace solutions now behave more like software than hardware. High performance is the goal and workers require fewer boundaries and more freedom. Workers want choices — not either or, this or that, but yes and. Because work is increasingly dynamic they need workspaces that are agile: independent and shared, focused and collaborative. Workspaces must support that dynamism not by constantly changing, but by providing workplace options that support all work modes and requirements. 

It’s a challenge that requires a fundamental change in behavioral and cultural norms. Clients want and need help navigating those changes to be productive and successful in the new environment as quickly as possible. 

I’m personally focused on maintaining excellence as we scale to meet demand. I keep my eye on key aspects of who we are and what makes us excellent: Leadership, Culture, Design, Innovation, Process, Reputation, and Research. 

At PDR when we say our talented people are our most precious asset, we’re serious. Our culture is enviable and we maintain a laser focus on nurturing it as we expand in size. Growth allows us to follow our passion — supporting workers at work as broadly as possible — and that continues to fuel our ability to be successful as we undergo our own changes. PDR is leaving a lasting legacy on the world of workplace and we feel a responsibility to continue broadening our impact.

It is a gift and a privilege to lead PDR. I could not be more excited about our future and the exciting years ahead of us.