Kentish and Co featured in Women in Trade & Business Magazine

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“Victoria O’Farrell, Simi Sandhi-Whitaker, Bianca Angelico, Liz Kentish and Cheryl-Anne Sanderson are just a few of the fun, passionate and beautifully spirited women working in facilities management.” Kentish and Co’s very own MD Liz Kentish and associate Victoria O’Farrell are featured in the fantastic Women in Trade & Business Magazine’s Autumn 2016 edition, which is about gratitude. Grateful for that! …

Women in FM Question Time

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FM might still be a male-dominated profession, but it’s a mistake to think that male FMs don’t understand what it’s like to be in the minority. At the recent Women in FM Question Time event #askwifm, each of the panellists, had to say something about themselves that very few people knew. Ross Abbate, MD of Macro, delighted the 40-strong audience …

Mother and home work versus the facilities manager

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Whilst I take a short breather over a cool glass of wine on a Sunday evening, I reflect on the previous week’s events in my role as a mother whose recent work-life was within FM. In both roles I have facilitated my client currently my partner (and service user children) in focusing on the supportive functions in their lives. My …

How other people see you part 2 (Which face do you wear)?

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Following on from my blog the other week about how other people see you. (With the illustrations of my face) I have had some interesting feedback which although put in different ways all came pretty much to the same conclusion, which is: “I would love to be myself all the time but I don’t feel confident enough, so on many …

Shall I be Mum?

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Over the past few weeks the role of women in the workplace (and more specifically on the Board) has been in the news. Our recent Women in FM event with Dr Mirella Visser created a huge debate about what success really is – and many agreed it was not necessarily being in a ‘senior’ role. Whatever your take on success, …

Who has inspired you?

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International Women’s Day took place this week – I asked my friends, clients and colleagues to tell us about the women, working in FM, who have inspired them. Here are some of their comments: Claire McDonald says, I have found the contract manager at my site a great inspiration. Caroline Laver came back from maternity leave to become the manager …

Coaching masterclass – what works?

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Last week, I co-facilitated a Women in FM session, which allowed the audience to experience for themselves the power of coaching. Using several fast, focused tools, we quickly identified what’s going well and how to do more of it – and areas for focus during 2011, along with small, manageable steps to achieve our goals in those areas. Here’s some …

Positive politics for powerful women

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On Wednesday night our Women in FM group was delighted to welcome Michelle Brailsford, of Jupiter Consulting, as our guest speaker. Michelle challenged and enthralled us on the topic of politics for women in the corporate world, and described how it’s about survival of the savvy. Here are her top 7 tips for ‘playing the game’. 1. Build powerful alliances …

Are you a woman in FM?

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So, you’re working in FM and you just happen to be a woman – so what? Are things really any different for you than they are for any man working in the same sector? Well, you tell me. Coaching both men and women in FM has led me to believe women have a different perspective on the world of work. …