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  The IDI Team

Triple the Benefits from
Your Facility Redesign Project

For many companies, workplace is a significant business expense. According to the IRS, rent and depreciation expenses average six percent of total costs across all US corporate returns.

For most businesses, however, payroll and related expenses are even greater. Payroll-related costs average 14 percent across all US corporate returns, more than twice rent and depreciation.

As a result, workplace innovations that improve both labor productivity and workplace costs offer triple the potential business and financial benefits compared to projects that only reduce workplace costs.

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Ten New Standards for
Meeting Room Design

In California, Leland Stanford or Charles Crocker sat at the head of the table celebrating the completion of the transcontinental railroad. In New York, J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller managed the vast wealth of their banking and industrial empires. In North Carolina, James Buchanan Duke presided over the cultivation of countless acres of tobacco.

During the latter half of the nineteenth century, these men and others like them defined success in America and, coincidentally, established enduring fashions in meeting room design. A long, narrow table, elegantly crafted from a single piece of wood, dominated each room and focused attention toward the sole individual seated at the head of the table. Tall, straight-backed chairs, upholstered with luxurious hides, conveyed the status of all present and punctuated the formality of the proceedings.

Today, nearly 150 years later, meeting room use and practices have changed dramatically. Although some meetings still demand boardroom levels of formality, more often business meetings take place to engage, motivate, connect, and inform both customers and the workforce.

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Ten Things High Performing Managers Know About Organizational Design

In March 1990, a groundbreaking article by Michael E. Porter, a Harvard Business School professor, was published in the Harvard Business Review. Titled, "Competitive Advantage of Nations," the article cited findings from a multi-year study into the results of the world's largest trading countries, collectively accounting for 50 percent of all world exports in that era. Results highlighted the importance of innovation in promoting and maintaining what Porter called our national competitiveness, or our relative ability to develop and maintain economic strength on a world stage.

Often in business, headlines and simple messages gather momentum while the rich detail of the message is lost. During the two intervening decades, innovation and national competitiveness have become tightly linked in the American business press, undoubtedly leaving many Americans to believe that our country's economic future is determined not by their work but instead by a small number of high tech companies, R&D experts and product development specialists.

However, what Porter's research actually demonstrated and what he reported was this.

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About Intentional Design Inc.

We are a privately-held company headquartered in Silicon Valley, south of San Francisco. Our core competencies are organizational design and development and strategic change management. While evolving in form, our practice has been in continuous operation for more than 22 years.

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