Take ten million trees, 3.9 million people, 180 languages and dialects, the 7th largest stock exchange, the longest street in the world, and a renowned film festival. Throw in universal healthcare, the 8th largest LGBTQ2 pride parade, and the most rollicking Caribbean street festival anywhere, and you have Toronto. North America’s fourth largest city might also be its least understood and, with a broad mix of cultures, the hardest to classify. At times, the scene here can seem disparate, caught between affected grunge and unsettling flash, complete with a campy cadre of overdressed socialites. But then again, part of this metropolis’s beauty lies in its ability to make most anyone feel at home.
As Chief Executive Officer of the Creative Class Group, Rana Florida manages new business development, marketing, consulting, research and global operations serving such diverse clients as BMW, Converse, IBM, Cirque du Soleil, Audi, Zappos, and Starwood Hotels – to name just a few.
What is your morning routine?
I usually get woken up with a karate chop blow to the face; sometimes coming at me from both directions by 1 and 2-year-old feet. I will then untangle my hair from a puppy or cat wrapped around my head for warmth before tiptoeing like a ninja out of bed at 6 am. I will then check and respond to a crazy amount of work emails, both from clients and my team. I’m OCD, so will make sure every bed is made in perfect military fashion, the house in order, and dog, cats, babies all fed and dressed. I’m trying to take 15 minutes each morning to learn to meditate and clear my head before starting the workday.
Interview with Rana Florida. As CEO of the Creative Class Group, Rana is one half of the visionary global advisory firm that has transformed how we define and encourage prosperous and healthy cities and communities.
The CEO and founder of The Creative Class Group, Rana and Richard Florida, on the ongoing evolution of the creative consumer; rebellious leadership; and the future of travel.
During your Caribbean Cruise, you may dream of living in paradise, of packing it all up and escaping to the islands. While that’s a great fantasy, the reality of trying to make a living makes it less attractive. But there’s always Miami. No, really, Miami. It’s a great place to live. Just ask Richard and Rana Florida, the power couple behind the Creative Class Group.
The eight-part film series called “Unlock Art,” developed by London’s Tate Museum in collaboration with Le Méridien Hotels explains the historical and commercial precedents for contemporary art’s development with a whimsical, plain-speak delivery, offering a surprisingly in depth yet easily digestible overview of modern art.
Rana Florida in her book Upgrade shows readers how we all have choices to make in our everyday lives, and how we can transform our experience by envisioning the future we want and going after it.
Interview with Rana Florida. In her new book Upgrade, she discusses why the work force needs to change to accommodate accomplished and determined mothers who merely need flexibility and understanding in order to live the kind of life they want while raising a family and still working. Too much to ask? Impossible to have it all? Not necessarily.
David Hershkovits of Paper Magazine interviews Rana Florida on her new book, Upgrade.
Join us for our next Twitter chat Tuesday, October 8 from 8-9 PM EST with Rana Florida, CEO, Creative Class Group, @RanaFlorida. This week’s topic will be Habits of Successful Women.
The CEO of the Creative Class Group consulting firm has spent the past few years soliciting advice from visionaries across the board – PhDs and pop stars, CEOs and celebrity chefs. The accumulated wisdom appears in her new self-help book Upgrade: Taking Your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Here, Rana Florida shares some of her favourite strategies for success.
Rana Florida is the CEO of the Creative Class Group, an advisory firm that works with premier organizations on building economic competitiveness, cultural and technological innovation. Florida is also one of the leading thinkers on trends that are shaping the future of work and recently published Upgrade: Taking Your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary, in which she explores what makes innovative thinkers, creative leaders and CEOs successful.
The CEO of Creative Class Group shares a few principles that can mean the difference between settling for an ordinary career and living an extraordinary life.
Rana Florida — CEO of Creative Class Group and author of the Huffington Post column “Your Startup Life” — believes that there’s a more meaningful way to define success, both at work and in every other aspect of life. True success, as she sees it, is all about balancing productivity with passion and having a good time while you’re at it.
Is there anything more enticing than a promise to make your regular old life extraordinary? It was this premise that inspired Rana Florida to write her latest book, and the reason why a very swishy crowd gathered to celebrate the launch of Upgrade on Tuesday night. Held at the home of Suzanne and Mark Cohon, the party attracted a mix of Toronto’s most stylish and most social. It was certainly a who’s who of the city’s creative set—a group more likely to be featured as an Upgrade case study than those in need of the book’s advice.
Rana Florida, CEO of the Creative Class Group and one of the key thinkers on the future of work, has just launched her first book, Upgrade: Taking Your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary. After interviewing some of the world’s most innovative thinkers, creative leaders and CEOs – such as Tim Brown, Dan Pink and Zaha Hadid – Florida’s research concluded that there are 7 key principles that make these people so successful.
It’s a well understood expression in business: Stagnation is regression; businesses either advance or fall behind. Creativity does not just give businesses the competitive edge, according to Rana Florida author of Upgrade and CEO of the Creative Class Group (CCG), it is the competitive edge.
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terrace and sufficient room for their emerging art collection.
They found it, a modern, light condominium in a walkable urban
neighborhood with a spectacular view of Biscayne Bay.
Rana Florida Rana is the author of Upgrade: Taking Your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary. She also writes the Creative Spaces series for HGTV and the Huffington Post, where she highlights public and private spaces that epitomize creativity, innovation, design and new ways of thinking.
Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, Jérôme Sans and Richard and Rana Florida hosted an event to celebrate Art Basel and welcome Turkish artists Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir, also known as :mentalKLINIK, as the newest members of the LM100 family, selected by Sans, Le Méridien’s cultural curator.
Richard and Rana Florida have a swish party pad, a sense of whimsy and interesting friends. But their best dinner-party trick may be keeping their cool in chaos.
Drew Green, CEO and founder of SHOP.CA, is proud to welcome Rana Florida to SHOP.CA’s Board of Advisors. Florida is the CEO of the Creative Class Group, an advisory services firm that provides strategy, research, and consulting to businesses, communities and governments worldwide.
Richard and Rana Florida host an event to promote and celebrate green space and sustainable living with Go Wild at the Evergreen Brick Works event in Toronto.