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The Ideal Facility Manager Quote

The Ideal Facility Manager Quote

This is a quote I’ve had in my files almost since I started my career in Facility Management over 20 years ago. Almost everyone in the Facility Management profession can relate to this. If you want this to print and hang over your desk or share with your colleagues, the download link to the PDF […]

By April 1, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Do you have an FM System Yet? Here are 5 reasons why your organization should support it

Do you have an FM System Yet? Here are 5 reasons why your organization should support it

I’m constantly surprised when I talk to FM professionals who haven’t implemented an FM system to manage their responsibilities, whether it’s CMMS, CAFM, IWMS or other systems for managing processes, space or maintenance. Having started my career over 20 years ago at a company who had an FM system back then, to not have an […]

By February 28, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Are you Connected to Knowledge and Experience in the Facility Management Industry?

Are you Connected to Knowledge and Experience in the Facility Management Industry?

I had a conversation recently with a client, the head of a large facilities department. We were talking about the difference between those who get involved and advance their knowledge and those who don’t. Which one do you think are more likely to get ahead in their careers and deliver results for their employers? It’s […]

By February 13, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Are your Facilities Decisions Uninformed? It’s time for a Change

Are your Facilities Decisions Uninformed? It’s time for a Change

For some reason. I’ve been seeing a lot of articles recently about using information for decision making. Some in our industry, but lots in other areas as well. What this confirms to me is that the Facility Management industry is a business function in addition to a technical or tactical function. The methods, approaches, skills […]

By January 30, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
FM Leaders Take Care Of Their Own Facility Management Department With Efficient, Effective Space

FM Leaders Take Care Of Their Own Facility Management Department With Efficient, Effective Space

Facility Managers often give themselves and their departments the worst space in their facility. It’s sort of like the shoe maker’s children not having shoes. We give good, productive space to other departments, including other support groups like HR, IT, finance and others. Yet we often neglect the needs of our own staff. In one […]

By January 18, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Managing To Advance Your Career In Fm  – Michel Theriault Interviewed by the Editor of CFM&D Magazine

Managing To Advance Your Career In Fm – Michel Theriault Interviewed by the Editor of CFM&D Magazine

In the December 2010 issue of Canadian Facility Management & Design magazine, the magazine’s editor Pamela Young interviewed me about Facility Management and about my new book “Managing Facilities & Real Estate” Here’s how she began the article: “Managing Facilities & Real Estate, by FM consultant and Strategic Advisor principal Michel Theriault, is hot off […]

By January 10, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Managing Facilities and Real Estate is risky : Are you making it worst?

Managing Facilities and Real Estate is risky : Are you making it worst?

We know that what we do is a risky business. Now, three men providing services to the Facility & Property Management industry in Canada face charges of criminal negligence causing death because of a tragic workplace accident. The maximum penalty is life in prison. It’s lucky that the property manager who hired them wasn’t charged […]

By December 16, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Building Tours: Make them about more than just architecture and construction

Building Tours: Make them about more than just architecture and construction

I’ve been on many building tours held through FM associations and while they are popular events for Facility Managers, often out-drawing the learning seminars, I think we often miss the most important thing about Facility tours and visits. Usually, the focus is on the architect’s vision, construction, materials, flexible furniture layouts, energy efficient elements and […]

By December 6, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Organizational Design for Facility Departments – Functional or Integrated

Organizational Design for Facility Departments – Functional or Integrated

I’ve been doing quite a few operational reviews and benchmarking exercises for facility clients recently. Something that keeps coming up is the optimal design of the facility management department’s organization structure. Through my career I’ve worked  in functional,  integrated and even matrix organizations. My facility clients are also a mix. In each approach, I saw […]

By November 16, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

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