Management & Leadership

3 Things Facility Managers Need to Do

3 Things Facility Managers Need to Do

  Facility Managers do a lot of things and sometimes those things get in the way of what they should be doing. They get re-directed by the latest trends and concepts and neglect to focus on the fundamental things that drive results and improve what we do. Instead of spending so much effort always responding […]

By February 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
The Skills Gap in Facility Management

The Skills Gap in Facility Management

  I recently held a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting for the Certificate in Facility Management at Ryerson University for which I am the Academic Coordinator. It is a continuing education program for people in the Facility Management industry to develop and upgrade their skills. The PAC was formed for a program review to identify […]

By February 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Facility Management as a Leadership Role.

Facility Management as a Leadership Role.

The role of a Facility Manager has been transforming yet it still has a long way to go. As an important yet somewhat invisible function of most organizations, the Facility Manager has a significant impact on their organization’s success and financial results. Yet often, the role of the Facilities Manager is seen as being just […]

By July 27, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
You Don’t Need A Seat at the C-Suite Boardroom Table

You Don’t Need A Seat at the C-Suite Boardroom Table

It’s a common misconception that Facility Managers need a seat at the C-Suite table along with the COO, CEO, CFO, CIO, and the other top executives. Quite simply you don’t. And in most organizations, you won’t. The nature of what we do as Facility Managers, while important to your organization’s success, simply won’t warrant a […]

By March 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
You CAN Work With Architects For Good Facility Design

You CAN Work With Architects For Good Facility Design

  I was discussing the issues of design not working well for operations with a very experienced Facility Manager I know and he gave me a great example of how he got the Architect on-board with operational design requirements for a new Facility. You may have seen my previous posting “Architects Dream – Facility Managers […]

By January 14, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Forget Big Data for FM Decisions – Start With Little Data Instead

Forget Big Data for FM Decisions – Start With Little Data Instead

You’ve probably heard about Big Data. That’s what your credit card company collects, Google has and even your grocery store uses. For Facilities Management, it’s best to start smaller. Many FM’s don’t even have the basic information they need to manage and make good decisions, mostly because they either don’t have an FM system or […]

By November 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
3 Things Facility Managers should do today

3 Things Facility Managers should do today

Facility Managers are always getting things done around their facility, whether its responding to a complaint, dealing with space issue, organizing a move, coordinating maintenance or delivering customer service. It almost feels like you are on a treadmill, moving ahead but never really getting to the end. It’s a fact of life in the Facilities […]

By September 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Architects Dream – Facility Managers Nightmare

Architects Dream – Facility Managers Nightmare

        There is nothing special about cleaning hard to reach windows with a pole system, and this looks pretty typical until you look closer. (see the full size image below) This is in the new and very beautiful Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar.  I transited through the airport on my way […]

By July 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Critical tools for Budgeting Facility Management Costs

Critical tools for Budgeting Facility Management Costs

Budgeting is a crucial task for Facility Managers. Since we manage a significant part of our organization’s costs, the budget is important to the organization both to validate the amount spent and to manage it. When I talk to Facility Managers, the annual budget process they have to go through is always a tedious, time […]

By April 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

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