Living on an island…

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This weekend I’ve been in Guernsey (pop 62,000) for a BIFM Channel Islands training day, where I was presenting on various topics to a fabulous group of FM professionals, many of whom had never met each other. I had not stopped to consider that Guernsey is such a small island and much closer to France than to the UK. I have …

Create, maintain and protect your professional reputation

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By Liz Kentish. There are many challenges when it comes to climbing the career ladder. On your quest for recognition and respect, you’re bound to encounter the occasional fire-breathing dragon. It doesn’t matter who you are, there will always be that one individual, armed with a dismissive glance or a crocodile smile, who can send your confidence into a downward …

What I learnt this month… stubbornness

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By Liz Kentish. Sometimes you learn something without realising that there is something to be learned. This something had to be pointed out to me even as it was happening. Before I tell you what it is, I must explain that I have been accused or commended (depending on whichever way it was being demonstrated) by people of this before. …

Cognitive dissonance: Why you keep eating doughnuts

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By Kentish and Co associate, Tom Robinson. I’ve been exploring the role of cognitive dissonance at work. Started by Leon Festinger’s work, it flies in the face of the widely held belief that people are ‘true’ to their beliefs… Cognitive dissonance theory states that people strive for internal consistence and psychological comfort. It says that people who are “psychologically uncomfortable” …

The 4 unlikely tricks for public speaking success

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Public speaking is something a lot of us dread – it doesn’t matter how successful you are or how good you are at your job, the thought of standing up in front of a room full of people and delivering a speech can be daunting. Liz Kentish, Managing Director of people development firm Kentish and Co, spoke exclusively to Business …

Company news

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Liz and Tom opened the BIFM WIFM conference on the 10th January with a talk on cognitive dissonance, and got everyone fired up and ready for a great day.

It’s a Yorkshire thing (with thanks to Simon Fogg)

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I kind of remember always wanting to learn how to build a dry-stone wall, but perhaps I made up that memory? It may have been a more recent urge, but nevertheless I found myself, last June, on the outskirts of Sheffield. There were four of us and the farmer, truth be told we were four townies who looked horrified to …

Long-service versus encouraging a healthy turnover of staff in the FM sector

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Dave Kentish’s response to the question below originally appeared in FMJ In today’s transient society fewer employees are staying with their employers for long periods of time. Do you think it is important to encourage long service? What are the advantages to long-service versus encouraging a healthy turnover of staff? Does rewarding long-service go against age discrimination principles? Many young people …

How to create a professional reputation

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Spend time rewiring your brain, and finding the right collaborators, and you could reap the benefits in 2017, says Liz Kentish There are many challenges when it comes to climbing the career ladder. On your quest for recognition and respect, you’re bound to encounter the occasional fire-breathing dragon. It doesn’t matter who you are, there will always be that one …