First impressions from Davos

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Greetings from a snowed-in Davos. I’m excited to be here at the World Economic Forum. It’s a great opportunity to step back, listen and learn from a diverse range of leaders in business, government, academia and NGOs who are shaping agendas around the world.

This year’s annual meeting is focused on “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.” This theme came through loud and clear in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech announcing the agreement between Canada and the 10 other remaining TPP members for a new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).” He said, “the pace of change has never been this fast, and the pace of change will never be this slow again.”

JLL started the day, and the conference, talking about the impacts of this change with our annual panel event. We had a full house join us as our Global CEO Christian Ulbrich moderated the discussion entitled, “The Future of Work: Why human experience in the workplace is critical to CEO success.” To warm up the panel and the room, I presented our latest Future of Work research on Human Experience.

Our panel included top leaders from Kaiser Permanente, ManpowerGroup, AARP and Carnegie Mellon University. The discussion helped crystalize the significant shifts that have occurred, and are still happening, in the world of corporate real estate and workplace. Driven by pervasive digitization, changing workforce demographics around the world and what I think of as the consumerization of everything. More than ever, CEOs are looking to use their real estate and workplace assets to enable transformation in their organizations. Tapping into the experience of their people and truly unlocking their human potential is core to any leader’s success.

One panelist pointed out that research shows people who have real purpose and meaning in their lives live on average 7-8 years longer than those who don’t. That’s pretty striking, and something worth thinking about as we work to leverage workplace to deliver meaningful experiences that can have a powerful impact well beyond the office.

JLL Davos Breakfast Panel

Our JLL delegation continued the conversation with a number clients and prospective clients. It’s a great environment to connect, discuss issues and opportunities, and grow relationships, and I look forward to connecting with more leaders in the coming days.