I’m fascinated by workplace design. Not humdrum gray carpeted rows of cubicles, but seriously cool, built to inspire, visionary work spaces. That’s why, a little while back, I shared a video of my own “war and peace” workspace.
Your physical environment can make a huge different in not only how you perceive your job, your mission and your company, but the way you do your work, the solutions you create and the people you bring into your process. Which is why I loved the new book, I wish I worked There, by Kursty Groves.
It’s a big, hardcover book, wall-to-wall with pictures reveal some of the coolest, most creative, offbeat, designed-to-inspire workplaces in the word. And, we’re not just talking home-offices, we’re talking some major companies with huge multinational offices. It gave me a ton of ideas for Renegade HQ.
Here’s a taste…
You can see hundreds more like these in Kursty’s book, where she also shares a lot of insights about how the physical setup of your working space impacts output, collaboration and creativity. One of the things that surprised me, too, is that some of the biggest, “stodgiest” brands, ones I never really associated with creativity or playfulness had some of the most interesting, offbeat workspaces. And, my favorite by far was the office with the equivalent of an indoor park in the middle, where a lot of the people seem to hang out barefoot and in shorts and t-shirts.
Anyway, if you’re looking for ideas to create a very cool workspace, you’ll find plenty in I Wish I Worked There.
[FTC Disclosure: I got a review copy of this book comped. Didn’t pay a dime. And, I feel kinda bad about it, cuz I’d have paid for it at the local bookstore if I’d know it was so cool. Oh, and those links to the book on amazon, they’re affiliate links. If you buy the book using them, I get stupid rich, start eating foie gras and slamming back all sorts of other foofy-fare, wearing ascots and speaking in third person! Consider yourself warned!]
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