Jones Lang LaSalle EMEA Research
This being my first CoreNet summit, I did wonder what the atmosphere would be like. Would it be conservative and preoccupied with ongoing economic anxieties and operating challenges? Or would it be excited and energized, and eager for a new phase of change and transformation in corporate real estate.
The programme certainly seems to focus on sharing solutions to the many challenges that have been thrown at the CRE executive in recent years. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing how one of the sectors most impacted by operating turbulence and change – Financial Services – has adapted, at two great-looking sessions. One of them being the ‘Extreme Makeover’ on Tuesday!
I’m expecting the workplace to be a huge theme. With many firms having ‘dug deep’ and extracted a lot of the obvious cost from portfolios, more significant moves will be needed to drive productivity and performance – not only from real estate – but people too. Our latest Research report assesses some of the behavioural changes CRE leaders will need to embrace as part of this shift, and I’m keen to hear the views of the wider industry on how this debate is moving.
I look forward to reporting back on the overall mood tomorrow – not to mention the results of my ‘Extreme Makeover’.