Going on day 2 at Avenue Business Center

Today I’m actually doing double duty.  I’ve been at my old office in the morning and will be working out of my office suite at Avenue Business Center. Although it is nice to see my colleagues in the real estate office, I am becoming more aware of the benefit of having my own space from which to work. Despite the moniker of “shared space”, having my own office changes my outlook on getting work done and also permits me more control over the environment in which I work. Not to mention the fact that I am exposed daily to a variety of other business professionals and their respective talents – essentially, Avenue Business Center is creating a melting pot of Chicago professionals and I have the privilege of being part of it.

Anticipation for my first day as an executive suite tenant

Following a lunch meeting with an organizational psychologist and a SCRUM master to discuss social networking and business development techniques, I’m officially moving in to Avenue Business Center this afternoon. It’s so exciting to take the opportunity to experience the social environment that shared suites can offer, as well as getting to experience the “day in the life” of my clients. I’ll continue to provide my thoughts and feelings as I experience the “suite life”.

Movin’ on up… exploring shared office space in Chicago

When I worked at Microsoft, we often spoke of “dog-fooding” or “eating your own dogfood”, with the idea being that employees were encouraged to test early versions of new software, like pre-release Office or Windows, in order to ensure that it was ready for prime time.  In the world of commercial real estate, I have decided to do the same.  On behalf of the small business segment of my clients, I will be moving in to an executive suite/shared office space so that I can walk a mile in their shoes.  Over the next thirty days, beginning tomorrow, I will be spending a good portion of my office time at Avenue Business Center, located at 500 N Michigan – which is conveniently right along both the #144 and #146 express bus lines from Uptown.

I will be operating GameTime 24×7 – one of my newest business ventures – out of this office in an effort to understand the key elements of shared office space, the concerns or challenges that my clients might find when looking for such space and the social benefits of co-located offices.  By experiencing this first-hand, I expect that I will be able to better serve my clients going forward.  This blog will be the venue from which I share my observations and thoughts over the coming days.