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3 Key Practices Help You Manage Office Space Standards in Facilities

3 Key Practices Help You Manage Office Space Standards in Facilities

I recently did a benchmarking study for a client who was trying to rationalize their office space allocation standards while planning for a major relocation. The relocation would result In a lot of change for many employees currently in a mix of old furniture and no real standards in older leased space. The study was […]

By February 21, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Leaders in Facility & Property Management Make Changes Today that Deliver Lasting Benefits

Leaders in Facility & Property Management Make Changes Today that Deliver Lasting Benefits

I recently conducted a benchmarking exercise using my Intelligent Benchmarking principles. The study clearly demonstrated why implementing change is how leaders in Facility Management beat their peers and deliver results for their organization.

By February 17, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Make Your Memos Hit The Mark – Featured Article in Buildings Magazine

Make Your Memos Hit The Mark – Featured Article in Buildings Magazine

My latest article “Make Your Memos Hit The Mark” is the cover article for the January issue of Buildings Magazine. This is a great US based magazine for both Facilities Managers and Building Managers.
While it’s nice to have your ideas and concepts features by a magazine like Buildings, I’m glad that Buildings is putting focus on the non-technical skills in the industry.

By January 27, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
How To Sell a CAFM / CMMS / IWMS system – Focus on Information

How To Sell a CAFM / CMMS / IWMS system – Focus on Information

Getting your senior management to approve implementing a system is tough, whether it’s Computer Aided Facility Management (CAFM) or a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). To start, they may not understand the Facilities Management function and it’s importance, so they may not recognize the benefits of having a system. Rather than trying to focus on […]

By January 22, 2010 6 Comments Read More →
Trade Shows and Conferences can Provide Solutions to Facilities Problems You Didn’t Know You Had

Trade Shows and Conferences can Provide Solutions to Facilities Problems You Didn’t Know You Had

When’s the last time you got out of your office? If you don’t attend Facility Management or Property Management related trade shows and conferences, you aren’t keeping up with the industry and your colleagues and you aren’t discovering solutions and products that will benefit your company.

By January 5, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Getting the most out of your FM Association

Getting the most out of your FM Association

Building a professional career in facility or property management means more than simply doing a good job for your employer. It also means getting involved in associations that represent your industry to expand your knowledge and learn from others. And, it doesn’t help to network with other professionals and service providers. If you look at […]

By December 15, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Why Your Organization Needs a Professional FM – Promoting Your Role

Why Your Organization Needs a Professional FM – Promoting Your Role

I had a chance to speak to a room full of facility and property management professionals about promoting their FM role within their organizations. In most of my discussions with facility managers, their profession doesn’t get as much recognition in their organizations as other departments or groups. It’s time that changed.

By November 22, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
IFMA World Workplace and Intelligent Benchmarking.

IFMA World Workplace and Intelligent Benchmarking.

I was pleasantly surprised at how many people attended my seminar on Benchmarking at IFMA’s World Workplace in Orlando earlier this month. As usual, I brought some take-home material for the audience, but I ran out. In fact, a number of people had to stand at the back of the room. I think it’s because […]

By October 25, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Manage Performance, Don’t Just Measure It at the IMEC Conference

Manage Performance, Don’t Just Measure It at the IMEC Conference

Performance isn’t just about measuring results. You must implement management techniques that use performance measures proactively to drive behaviour and improve results. Start with measurement data and KPI’s, understand their impact on employee and subcontractor behaviour and implement a management approach that influences behaviour and drives results.

By October 25, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

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