Presenting to Upstate SC IFMA Chapter – “More Than Glorified Janitors?”

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Most facility departments are under-funded and under-staffed.  They act as modern-day MacGyvers trying to resolve the decline of aging systems and the increase of operational demands with a piece of gum, a ballpoint pen, and a paperclip – sound familiar?  This lack of resources and seeming disconnect with management perpetuates the costly firefighting cycle in which many organizations find […]

FREE Webinar – Digging Out of Deferred Maintenance – August 25th

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An all too common encumbrance for facility organizations is the anchor of deferred maintenance and aged systems, relegating facilities to a perpetual state of firefighting.  In this session, we will discuss simple steps to digging out of this pit and progressing the department in a value-driven, proactive direction through establishing and selling a predictable, manageable […]

From the Grounds, Up – Selling the Value of Facilities

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There has been much deserved emphasis on getting facility management to the C-suite, which is necessary for our industry to realize success.  However, all efforts expended earning our way to the executive level, can be quickly dashed if facility staff and contractors are not on-board with our initiative.  Thus, it is equally imperative that we […]

Realizing the Value of Facilities

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As published in the October 2015 edition of Buildings Maintenance & Management magazine.

Fellow Facility Professionals – It’s Time to Raise the Bar

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As published in the September 2015 edition of Buildings Maintenance & Management magazine (page 32 – 34)

Playing the “Green” Card – How to Make Green = Green in Facilities…

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It doesn’t matter if you are a tree burner, tree hugger, or anything in between.  If your organization says “green” or sustainability is important to them, then it is important to you.  Does that mean you begrudgingly implement such programs?  No, rather leverage those corporate goals and objectives to solicit the resources you need to […]

Under-staffed? Under-funded? How do you get what you need for your Facility Management Program?

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Most facility departments are under-funded and under-staffed.  They act as modern-day MacGyvers trying to resolve the decline of aging systems and the increase of operational demands with a piece of gum, a ballpoint pen, and a paperclip – sound familiar?  This lack of resources and seeming disconnect with management perpetuates the costly firefighting cycle in […]

Politics and Facility Management – Wanna Win, Gotta Play

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When you hear the word “politics”, what comes to mind?  Finger-pointing, gridlock, partisan, money, under-table deals, scandals, etc. – all-in-all, politics has a negative connotation.  However, according to Merriam-Webster, politics is defined as “activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government.”  The key […]

Selling Your Business Case – Closing the Deal…

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As we discussed in FM360’s previous article, The In-Your-Face Business Case , it is one thing to assemble your business case; it is another to sell it… Selling your business case (or any other proposal to management) starts long before you enter the meeting room to present your case.  “Selling” is an on-going, active effort […]