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Observations About Work
June 25, 2014
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Phil Wales
I see our clients – and our own employees – working hard and with increasingly busier and busier calendars. Working harder and longer hours is sometimes necessary and thus may be interpreted as a sign of value or commitment. But that is not necessarily true. Busy is not the same as effective. Even worse, those same people can get bogged down, tired and disillusioned believing those around them are not pulling their share of the weight or the “systems” are not helping as they should. The reality is often very different. We can easily get caught up doing urgent stuff and...
Standardize on a Standard: The New ISO 55001
May 13, 2014
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Steven McKissick
One of my favorite sayings – and if I am fortunate enough to work with you, you have probably heard – is “the best thing about industry standards is that there are so many of them.” I did not coin that phrase and cannot remember who in my past did, but it continues to be a true statement. There are some great standards in our industry and a significantly strong business case why organizations should adopt a standard, no matter which one. With that said, I am not going to use this blog, today, to go through each of the standards and tell you which is best, nor am I...
Hammering Down a Plan for an IWMS Implementation
May 05, 2014
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Alecia Chandler
My husband and I purchased a home last summer with the intention of doubling its square footage this summer – location, location, location! What started as a great idea in theory has turned into a true test of project management. My husband kept telling me I had plenty of time to finalize the floor plan and select materials. However, given my previous experience and current occupation, he was forced to answer my questions about closet locations and flooring preferences much earlier than he would have liked!  When considering any project, whether it be a home renovation project or...
The Role of Workplace Planners in an Evolving Workplace
April 14, 2014
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Richard Jordan
My work has recently involved participating in the design and development of a Customer Relationship Management organization for one of our clients. Part of that organization involves the development of a workplace planning function. The need for a CRE-dedicated planner who is close to the client and integrated into the facilities organization has always been clear; this is the critical connection between the strategy of the CRE organization and the tactical delivery of the business unit client needs on a daily basis. I have worked in an organization that did not have this role in place, and...
Got an IWMS Strategy? Now Take the Next Step.
April 09, 2014
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Steven McKissick
To continue the story from my previous blog, Strategy Moves Organizations from Desire to Achievement, I wanted to highlight some critical next steps in the process. First, if you have a strategy, congratulations! That is a tough first step. The next steps are important and provide a blueprint for implementation. Quickly, let me define “implementation” for the context of this blog. Implementation means putting into place the changes in people, process, and technology required to move the organization to align with the CRE Strategy. I will admit, in case you are not an avid reader,...
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