Careers

How to choose a professional Coach

Realising that you may benefit from working with a professional Coach can be a pivotal moment in your career. It takes a certain self-awareness and introspection to recognise that you can enhance your performance and fulfil your real potential with some independent support. So, what should you consider when looking for a Coach? Decide what …

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Liz interviewed in ‘Facilitate Magazine’ in August

Facilitate Magazine interviewed several Specialists including Liz about the state of recruitment and what the IWFM’s ‘2019 Market Outlook’ report says about training in the sector – overall, it’s positive! Some highlights from her interview The FM sector is in quite good shape as the wider economic conditions remain strong – considerable growth ahead.” Clients …

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‘Introduction to the Facilities Management Profession’ event 1st May 2019

The IWFM People Management Special Interest Group organized this excellent event, hosted by Arcadis at Kings Cross. It was great to hear various perspectives on why Facilities Management is such a dynamic space, from six inspiring Speakers. The concepts of ‘the diversity of opportunities and chances to explore, underpinned by lifelong learning’ were made and echoed, …

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Give me a second chance

There’s been lots of talk recently, particularly on LinkedIn, about judging people, performance management (getting rid of someone) and not giving them a second chance.   I have a story to share, it had such an impact I’m certain it helped shape who I am today. In the 1970s my Dad worked for a motor …

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Learning to let go and delegate

David Kentish, director at the people change experts, Kentish and Co, gives us their four rules of how to let go and delegate. Rule 1. Don’t be a control freak: No-one can do this the way I do it or want it to be done This was my mantra when we first started our business in 2008. …

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Thank you Mr Laycock

I was 16 when I first got a Saturday job in Boots. My schoolfriend Simone and I joined at the same time. She worked in cosmetics, I was in the record department. I became very popular with all my mates who’d come in on a Saturday to browse the albums. A few months in I …

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Back to the future – the class of ’85

School holds mixed memories for me – 95% of the time I loved it, but it wasn’t all good. Some of you have heard me speak about my own journey, slaying dragons along the way, so you’ll know what I’m talking about. Anyway, a couple of years ago I was invited back to talk to …

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From the tools: The making of a manager?

Many facilities managers work their way up from a frontline job, while others arrive as fully fledged graduates. FMJ talks to senior FM figures, HR and people-change experts to find out what makes a great manager and leader Traditionally many people in the FM sector have ‘fallen into’ the industry and have ‘risen through the …

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Permanent employment vs. going freelance in the FM sector

Dave Kentish’s response to the question below originally appeared in FMJ. What are the advantages to giving up permanent employment in order to go freelance or to take a fixed-term contract? Is the FM market stable enough to go freelance and are there sufficient opportunities for this in the FM industry? Should you be contemplating …

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