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Better questions to ask a job candidate

July 19, 2017


Job interviews can be truly enlightening for an employer—if they’re done right. Too often, employers find themselves asking the same old tired questions (“what’s your greatest weakness?”), leading to the same old tired answers (“if anything I work too hard”), …

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Changing minds, Part One: Changing others’ minds

May 24, 2017


We’ve all been there. You’re in a meeting and you’ve put forth an idea or a suggestion. You’ve done your research. You know your stuff. And yet, someone still objects. They don’t like your idea and have a different approach. …

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Decision-Making, Part One: How to Avoid Fatigue

February 1, 2017


As a facilities manager you are constantly faced with making decisions—some big, some small. These decisions take their toll throughout the day. Researchers have a term for it: decision fatigue. Studies have shown that the mind has a finite amount …

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The aging workforce

December 14, 2016


It’s been called the Silver Tsunami. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by 2024 nearly one-fourth of the labor force will be 55 or older. Compare this to 1994, when employees 55 and older represented only 11.9% of the …

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How to run better meetings

Tips to Run Better Meetings

March 10, 2016


Employees and managers alike loath meetings, often complaining that meetings get in the way of actual work. Sometimes, however, meetings are essential to getting the job done. Here are some tips on how to run fewer and better meetings.

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The Soft Skills Facilities Managers Need to Succeed

The Soft Skills Facilities Managers Need to Succeed

February 22, 2016


During our series of leadership articles, you may have wondered why we’ve placed an emphasis on soft skills, like time management and leadership. Facilities managers are task-oriented professionals. When the C-suite needs a job to get done the right way …

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What is a Facility Manager?

What is a Facility Manager?

January 26, 2016


When you talk to friends and family about being a facility manager, have you ever struggled to describe what you do? Don’t worry if you had to think about it for a few moments. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) …

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Improving Your Management Style

Improving Your Management Style

December 28, 2015


When was the last time someone asked you, “What’s your management style?” You were probably asked that question during a job interview so a future employer could get a better read on how you’d perform, not only in a crisis …

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