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BDG's Gill Parker and Colin Macgadie are attending MIPIM Read more
Gill Parker, BDG's Chief Executive and Colin Macgadie, Creative Director, will be at MIPIM during week commencing 13 March.
MIPIM is the leading real estate event for property professionals. An exhibition and programme of conferences and events held annually in Cannes, France, it provides a platform for leading Real Estate professionals to connect across all sectors.
We are delighted to be sponsoring the FX Cocktail Party on the Tuesday evening and co-hosting our regular breakfast at the Armani cafe (email email@example.com for further details).
Also look out for our project reviews in the MIPIM edition of the Architects' Journal and New London Quarterly.
For contact details:
Gill Parker (+44 7767 463648)
Colin Macgadie (+44 7795 247972)
BDG welcomed the fastest British woman and all round inspiration Dina Asher-Smith to its studio Read more
BDG welcomed the fastest British woman and all round inspiration Dina Asher-Smith to its studio to share her experiences at competing at an elite level. Dina Asher-Smith, not only holds the British records in the 100m and 200m sprints but became the fastest teenager ever at 60m at the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Last year Dina took home a Bronze medal from the Rio Olympics for the 4x100m relay at the mere age of 20: all whilst completing a History Degree at Kings College London University. Dina is also the 2016 European Champion at 200m, the 2014 World Junior Champion at 100m and 2013 European Junior Champion at 200m.
Dina gave the audience an insight into the average day of an Olympian and what it really takes to be great in your field whether it be athletics, business, or design etc.
Picking your passion and journey in life is the most important step. Finding what triggers that smile on you’re face will make success that much easier, Dina said life is all about enjoyment and loving what we do! And Dina’s elaborate grin whilst talking about athletics and racing spoke for itself; her career is the right one for her.
Dina admitted that it is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making better decisions on a daily basis. Almost every habit that you have, good or bad, is the result of many small decisions over time. Dina stressed the importance of marginal gains, the success of that one moment is achieved through constant hard work and preparation. There is no simple quick fix to become an Olympic Athlete.
Andy Swann, BDG, asked Dina the question we were all thinking whilst we gawked at her achievements so young. Do you ever feel as though you are missing out on the experience of being young? Which Dina solidly replied with, no. For Dina the bigger picture is far too important and brings her more joy than staying out late drinking. She prides herself on picking good company and shared her thoughts on the importance of having a solid group of people around who are the perfect influences for your personal journey.
Dina gave us one last secret to her success - keeping perspective. It’s important to remember what you’re goal is and why you want to achieve it. Keeping in the back of you’re mind where you want to go and how you’re going to achieve it is key to staying motivated even on those cold dark days when you do not want to get out of bed.
Last but not least, Dina reminded us all to enjoy it. Life is too short to be putting your all into something you do not love. Make sure you find your passion and be the best you possibly can at it.
The Ideal Worker
BDG's Change Consultant contributes to the Evening Standard article on left-right brain thinkers Read more
The Ideal Worker
BDG's Change Consultant, Andy Swann, is featured in Lucy Tobin's article in the Evening Standard discussing how the ideal worker is now a mix of both a left and right brained thinker.
Andy has found that more companies are bringing in complex psychometric testing to establish who are the left-right brained candidates. The ability to think differently is a skill increasingly being targeted by employers and their requirement to match the right people to their organisation. The traditional job interview may be replaced with 'Apprentice' style tasks or work-trials, collaborative and interactive scenarios added to the mix to better identify these thinkers.
Left-right brain philosophies are also being incorporated into workplace design - with quiet concentration areas balanced with communal spaces that support creativity. But, Swann points out, “creativity can’t be manufactured. You can’t install a slide and assume you have a great company culture, a ping-pong table doesn’t automatically unleash creativity. Allowing information, ideas and inspiration to flow is essential — and often this is as much about the way an organisation structures itself as it is the environment it provides, or the individuals it employs. After all, what use is a great idea if it falls on deaf ears?”
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