Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Inspires

Photo courtesy of Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

On Wednesday night, CBRE/New England sponsored and attended the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Annual Meeting. It was a wonderful night of networking and it was particularly incredible to welcome Team Hoyt into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians. New York Times columnist and best-selling author Thomas Friedman gave an inspiring keynote speech and we wanted to share some of the big takeaways that rang true to our philosophy here at CBRE/NE.

Average is over. In today’s hyper-connected world, it is no longer good enough to do what you always did and think that you will continue to break new records and achievements. People and companies need to constantly invent/reinvent their unique value and contribution.

In order to stay ahead, you must:

  • “Think like an immigrant” – Operate with a strong sense of hunger and motivation as if everything could be taken away from you in an instant.
  • “Think like an artisan” – Have a custom-made focus and pour your heart and soul into your work everyday so that at the end of the day, you are proud enough to carve your initials and stamp on it.
  • “Always be in beta, because if you think you’re finished…you’re finished” – Approach your work with a constant strive to create, innovate and make things better. Once you think you’re finished…your competition with leave you in the dust.
  • “PQ plus CQ is always greater than IQ” – PQ (Persistence Quotient) plus CQ (Creative/Curiosity Quotient) will always trump IQ.
  • “Find your extra” – Be in a state of constant invention to find your unique value-add.


Were you at the event? If so, what were your biggest takeaways?

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