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The five golden rules of people management

People management is one of the principal skills that any leader needs to have. And yet it is also one of the most difficult to master. People are far more complex and unpredictable than almost anything else we deal with in business. Their behaviour is hard to influence, and even harder to predict and plan for.

And as leaders, we all need to work hard on maintaining our people management skills too. Being a good people manager isn’t about learning a few tried and tested methods, and then just sticking to them. It is about continual development. It’s about having the […]

By |October 1st, 2019|Leadership|0 Comments

How to develop your strategy to become a thought leader

Thought leadership is a term that many of you will be familiar with. It seems that everywhere we look, someone is now promoting themselves as a thought leader in their particular sector.

As long as there have been experts in anything, there have been thought leaders. And more recently, the concept of thought leadership has increased in importance – especially with the growth of content marketing. There’s a great examination of how these two ideas work together, here. Today, attempting to become a thought leader in a particular area is now recognised as a valid strategy for building your own personal […]

By |September 14th, 2019|Leadership|0 Comments

Future-proof your real estate portfolio

We all share a sense that the world we live in at the moment is an uncertain one.

Take the prediction from the experts at Absolute Strategy Research, that there is a 45 per cent chance of a global recession in the next 12 months.

Or, the projections from the US National Academy of Sciences that suggest that we might see sea level rises of 2 metres by 2100, potentially displacing hundreds of millions of people. Or, Pew’s projections that the global population will rapidly grow to a staggering 10.9 billion by 2100.

These are just a sample of the kinds of predictions […]

By |September 4th, 2019|Real Estate|0 Comments

Selling real estate at the right time

In my experience, success in real estate investment often comes down to two very basic things: knowing when to buy, and knowing the best time to sell real estate. In fact, it is a decision that is at the heart of every kind of investment strategy. As markets rise and fall, timing is everything. But knowing when to hold on to a piece of real estate – and when to get rid of it – is a fine art.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share just a few thoughts on how I think about this challenge. Of course, much […]

By |August 27th, 2019|Real Estate|0 Comments

A guide to risk for investors

As an experienced investor, I’m often asked about risk. It’s a fascinating area, and one that is in many ways intensely personal. Some people are naturally attracted to risk, while others are far more cautious. Both groups can, in my experience, be just as effective as investors as the other.

But first, here’s a quick explanation of what risk actually is, in investment terms.

At it’s most basic level, risk is ‘uncertainty’ – that quality of the unknown that every potential investment contains. And that word ‘quality’ is actually an important one for me, because it underlines that risk is, in many […]

By |August 12th, 2019|Investment|0 Comments

Shopping centre design best practice

What does it take to create a shopping centre for the 21st century? How do we go about designing spaces that cater to the needs of a new generation of customers, born and raised in the era of online retail? Here are a few thoughts.
Principles of shopping centre design best practice
I’ve been involved in a lot of shopping centre projects over the years, such as Via Vallejo in Mexico City. I’m not an architect, but as a real estate investor I have a vested interest in understanding the principles behind shopping centre design best practice. And as an investor, the […]

By |August 6th, 2019|Shopping Centres|0 Comments

Beyond Mexico City: Where to invest next in real estate in Mexico

For many people, their interest in real estate investment in Mexico often begins and ends with Mexico City. This isn’t surprising, given the scale and potential of the capital city. And yet it is also a huge missed opportunity for investors, according to real estate investment expert Miguel Sánchez Navarro Madero.

“Mexico City quite rightly gets a lot of attention from real estate investors,” Miguel tells us. “There are an enormous range of options there for any real estate investor. Whether you are interested in investing in a shopping mall or a residential block, you’ll find it in Mexico City.

“With 20 […]

By |July 29th, 2019|Real Estate|0 Comments

What does being a leader mean in the 21st century?

It won’t have escaped your attention that we live in dramatically changing times. In almost every aspect of our lives, it feels as if there are fundamental transformations taking place.

Change is the only constant. We are seeing a breakdown in traditional trade and political relationships globally. We’re seeing the subsequent uncertainty in the financial markets as they react to this new environment.

And then of course there is the greatest disruptor of all – technology – which is transforming almost every aspect of our lives. From the opportunities of AI to cloud technology, tech in all its forms has a huge […]

By |July 24th, 2019|Business, Leadership|0 Comments

How current and future technologies impact bricks and mortar shopping centres

Real estate investment expert Miguel Sanchez Navarro Madero posted recently about the challenges that bricks and mortar retailers face from online. If you haven’t seen it, take a look here – it’s well worth a read. In that post, he outlined some of the very real issues facing physical stores in the coming years.

The rise of digital retailing is having a particularly powerful impact on shopping centres.
The future of shopping centres
Take the latest research from the experts at Credit Suisse. They predict that up to a quarter of US shopping malls will be gone in the next five years. So, […]

By |July 8th, 2019|Shopping Centres|0 Comments

The biggest factors that can affect real estate value

It is one of the hardest aspects of real estate investment to master: how exactly do you assess the true value of a property or a piece of land? There are a huge number of different factors that can influence the value of real estate – so which ones should we focus on and attempt to assess? Here are my thoughts on just a few.
Demographics matter
One of the biggest stories in the Mexican real estate market in recent years has been the effect of the increasing numbers of young people within the population. Almost half of our population is now […]

By |October 19th, 2018|Real Estate|0 Comments