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Summer Book Club 2018

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards

Do you feel awkward at networking events? Do you wonder what your date really thinks of you? Do you wish you could decode people? Follow along with our virtual book club as we learn the science of people.

Summer Book Club 2018

The Power of Moments by Chip & Dan Heath

Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact. Follow along for 12 weeks in this virtual Book Club as we explore what makes a "defining moment."

May 22, 2018

What's Your Six Word Story?

Stories told in just six words. Can you tell your (or your client's) story with such brevity? If you can, you'll be one step closer to understanding what your BROKENNESS + WORK = HOMECOMING.

March 13, 2018

Dear Billionaire, I Give You a D-Minus

In our society we typically avoid giving negative feedback like the plague. In the rare instance when we have to give it, we tip-toe around it to lessen the blow. But what if we were all a little more outward with negative feedback? These hard conversations are often the impetus for GROWTH^3 both for the individual and the organization.

March 6, 2018


What would one of the world's greatest minds have brought to commercial real estate? Leonardo would have brought his relentlessness to understanding that OUR VISION < TRUE VALUE.

February 27, 2018

Is genius born or made?

Walter Isaacson's profile of Leonardo da Vinci provides some surprising conclusions toward YET I > BUT THEY

January 30, 2018


What if doing more meant doing less? UC Berkeley research indicates less is required to do more. As we establish firm wide goals for 2018, we're reminded that BROKENNESS + WORK = HOMECOMING.

November & December 2017

Finishing Strong

We studied a number of resources to help us finish the year strong reminding us that the PAIN OF REGRET > _________________.

November 7, 2017


What is the big idea that will change real estate forever? Even if we lack the solution, it is valuable to understand the question--reminding us that GROWTH^3.

Halloween, 2017

300 of the best brokers in the world walk into every bar in Chicago

Here's what we learned last week at SIOR's Fall World Conference.

October 17, 2017

Would you rather be efficient or productive?

Google research determined that efficiency is too small a goal. Productive teams aren’t built from a sum of efficient parts. DTSpade partners contemplate how to sacrifice efficiency for productivity and how ( I + MY NEIGHBOR ) / MY LOVE

September 26, 2017

Employer's new metric to answer where: Underemployment

Better than employment depth, companies are looking for employment depth charts in new places reminding us that growth^3.

September 19, 2017

What could SIOR possibly teach me?

This week, our team will review what brokers learned at the Charlotte SIOR training.

September 12, 2017

Leadership REALLY before you're in charge


August 29, 2017

Leadership before you're in charge

Does anyone really have control here? This timely interview from Andy Stanley’s Leadership Podcast reminds us that OUR VISION < TRUE VALUE.

June 27, 2107

The Future of Work from the man who hired 30M workers

Jeffrey Jorres led Manpower Group for 15 years and envisions another level of resource allocation in the future. Throughout the summer we are IMAGINING OUR CITY and reminding ourselves that OUR VISION < TRUE VALUE.

June 13, 2017

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney Imagines Our City

What does the city of your dreams look like? What does it smell like? Wayne Rooney's pregame ritual will guide us to better understanding YET I > BUT THEY.

May 30, 2017

Can a company really be good?

Is is enough to make money or do growing companies have more responsibility than that? Leading us to ( I + MY NEIGHBOR ) / MY LOVE.

May 16, 2017

Are you trying to be the hero of my story?

It's natural to see ourselves as the hero of our own story, but what if being the hero makes it impossible to reach our goal? That's when you try the guide in this great video from Donald Miller at Story Brand.

May 9, 2017

So it turns our we're on the leading edge

At the 2017 SIOR World Conference, we heard a presentation that floored the audience. the presenter did a few things better than us, but it proved our belief that GROWTH^3.

April 25, 2017

Moving from scarcity to abundance

How do we help Client (and ourselves) imagine our city as it can be? One way is cultivating an environment for a growth or abundant mindset. With these eight tactics we cultivate an abundant mindset because the PAIN OF REGRET > ______________.

April 11, 2017


What is it that’s holding you back from realizing your greatest potential? Elite athletes and executives have coaches, often psychologists who understand the mind and how experiences can limit you. At DTSpade, all Partners have access to our own PhD psychologist who helps us understand what skills we can lean on and what landmines we need to navigate around in order to reach out highest performing potential. This week, we’ll meet with a half-day session on teambuilding with our Industrial Psychologist.

April 4, 2017


What is the secret to happiness? I’m sure I don’t know, but the University of Texas’ Raj Raghunathan applies data to show that increasing your skill at something you love is a great indicator of increasing happiness and reinforces our belief that BROKENNESS + WORK = HOMECOMING.

February 7, 2017


What if providing great service isn’t enough? What if the experience and satisfaction of knowing how excellently a Client has been represented is just as important as the results? If you drive the finest automobile ever made, but no one bothered to tell you the excellence that went into crafting it, have you really gotten your full value? The Experience Economy helps understand the levels of excellence required in SERVICE = HONOR.

January 31, 2017

Never Bet Against Hope

If given the choice between more revenue/pay or a true hope in the future, which would you choose? We’ve learned from Kahneman that we’re risk avoiding with gains and risk taking with losses, but studies show that hopelessness creates all sorts of problems for societies. The very value BROKENNESS + WORK = HOMECOMING exemplifies the hope that we see on the solution side of our equation.

January 10, 2017

Money Balling Real Estate

Israeli economists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman (respectively awarded the McArthur Genius Grant and the Nobel Prize for Economics for their work in the field) created hundreds of experiments proving that rational and intelligent people make irrational decisions under certain circumstances. If our Clients are the good guys (and they are), understanding how those on the other side of the table can be convinced to make irrational decisions is part of DTSpade’s training curriculum and an example of GROWTH^3.

January 3, 2017

Day One

We start the year with our 2nd Annual Day One Prayer. Click through to see how you can receive an invitation to next year's event.

December 13, 2016


Harvard Business Review interviews Heidi Grand Halvorson on ways to build new habits into our lives and meet goals. This curriculum helps us to break typical patterns that we make automatically and lean into SERVICE = HONOR.

November 29, 2016

The Alchemy of a Life's Work

"This book was critical to my (Bryant Cornett's) journey to build DTSpade. It gave me permission to want & seek what had been imprinted on my heart since the beginning & helped us learn that OUR VISION < TRUE VALUE no matter how big our vision of our work really is."

November 22, 2016

Sharpening Focus with the psychology of golf

How do I reduce internal conflict? How do I live 3 weeks out? What should practice look like? Dr. Morris Pickens, golf psychologist on how BROKENNESS + WORK = HOMECOMING

November 15, 2016

How to Become Great at Just About Anything

Is talent or family connections or intelligence enough? What is the proper response to an unmerited gift? The fact is, that greatness is not born. It is made. This reinforces our value of GROWTH^3.

October 25, 2016

SIOR Fall World Conference in New York City

As America shifted into a war footing prior to WWII, the President asked the National Association of Realtors to create a designation that would quickly identify the best brokers nationally. America needed competent, skilled brokers with integrity to meet the nation’s objectives. SIOR continues to identify community-based real estate brokers who exhibit excellence in skill, education and execution. DTSpade’s participation in this organization is one way we exhibit SERVICE = HONOR in the marketplace.

October 11, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s April 5, 1968 Obituary

Having celebrated our Founders Day Dinner with the men of Trinity House in the place where Dr. King's body was prepared for burial, we reflect on how OUR VISION < TRUE VALUE

October 4, 2016

My Time With the Netanyahu Brothers

“When you are wounded, and alone, in the midst of a scorched field, surrounded by smoke — mushrooms of smoke from exploding shells, with your arm shattered and burning with a terrible pain,” he wrote to his parents, “then life becomes more precious and craved-for than ever. You want to embrace it and go on with it, to escape from all the blood and death, to live, live, even without hands and feet, but breathing, thinking, feeling, seeing.” writings of Yoni Netanyahu teach us about (I + MY NEIGHBOR) / MY LOVE

September 28, 2016

TED Radio Hour: Crisis & Response

How Bernie Madoff's victims' perspective teaches us that we can curate a perspective of YET I > BUT THEY

Summer 2016

I Need some Advice

25 Bits of Wisdom for Problem Solvers

June 14, 2016

60 Minutes: Sir Nicholas Winton "Saving the Children"

SNW shows the power of action and how our vision < true value

June 7, 2016

Three Ways to Think About ‘Is It Worth It?’

By Carl Richards - NYTimes

May 24, 2016

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Wendell Berry's excellence in how (I + my neighbor) / love

May 17, 2016

Finding a Job That Works for You


May 2, 2016

All Possibilities: The 'Purple Rain' Story

how Prince's determination teaches us YET I > BUT THEY

April 26, 2015

FASB Lease Accounting

HOW a dogged pursuit of service teaches us the Growth^3

April 12, 2016

Frank Sinatra Has a Cold

How GAY TALESE's 1965 article in Esquire shows the power of one person's actions and that YET I > BUT THEY

April 5, 2016

The Future Of Progressive Business Is Companies That Are Good, Not Just Doing Good

Responsible businesses today tout the idea of something called shared value and that the pain of regret is greater than what's on the other side

March 22, 2016

A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert

A true illustration of our place in the universe gives us a perspective on (I + MY NEIGHBOR) / LOVE

March 15, 2016

When Do We Become the Final Version of Ourselves

Dan Gilbert's TED Talk shows us that we're still becoming better and have a way to contribute to HOMECOMING = BROKENNESS + WORK

March 8, 2016

Managed by Q’s ‘Good Jobs’ Gamble

ADAM DAVIDSON's New York Times article teaches us how being just a little better leads to exponential growth^3

March 1, 2016

Atlanta Runs Better on DTSpade

How do you build an essential company?

March 1, 2016

Chinese Yuan Moves East Atlanta Property Values

How do big economic decisions affect us locally? Some of our first research.

March 1, 2016

May I Speak to Mr. Dudley

Where did the name Dudley Thomas Spade come from? Teaching us that SERVICE = HONOR

February 22 2016

The Weight of Glory

C.S. Lewis famous closing “The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbour’s glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. . .” shows us a glimpse of our neighbor and how to move into (I + MY NEIGHBOR) / MY LOVE

February 15 2106

Eyewitness account of Bloody Sunday March, 1965

An account of Sheriff Jim Clark and his deputies teaching us the danger of being on the wrong side of YET I > BUT THEY

February 2 2016

Why Work?

Dorothy Sayers shares a unique time in Britain when Service = Honor

January 26 2016

Playing Catch with Tom Brady

The Patriots quarterback has turned the simple act of catch into an exercise in excellence teaching us that brokenness + work = homecoming

January 19 2016

Larry Fitzgerald Kills Opponents With Kindness

The Arizona Cadinals receiver disarms defenders with kindness teaching us that brokenness + work = homecoming

January 19 2016

Roman Plumbing: Overrated

Ancient Rome’s toilets, sewers, and bathhouses may have been innovative, but they didn’t do much to improve public health. But Rome was Rome because it was a little bit better than everyone else teaching us that growth^3