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 …

Permanent employment vs. going freelance in the FM sector

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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 a career as an independent …

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 …

Please – don’t judge me

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I’ve been working with a client recently who, as part of our coaching, decided to undertake both 360˚ feedback with colleagues, as well as using our own ‘personal asset register’ – (check out our e-book The Hunt is On for more details) What has been really interesting, is how quick people are to judge – we read the word ‘workaholic’ …

Stress? What stress?

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I attended a great event this week – were you aware it was Stress Awareness Day? The event was run in conjunction with the Stress Management Society (www.stress.org.uk), and here is a snapshot of the key learning points. What is stress? Have you found that we tend to relate stress to our emotions, and how it makes us feel? In …

Summer solstice – it’s the longest day!

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I can’t believe we’ve already reached the longest day – where has the year gone to? Cast your mind back to January, and all those plans you made – I’d imagine many of you pledged to have a better work-life balance in 2011 – how are you getting on? Some of you may be saying ‘but work gets in the …

Am I becoming a workaholic?

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Those of you who know me will know I like to keep busy. Just over a week ago I had surgery on my shoulder, and since then have been confined to the house – not only because I can’t drive for a few weeks, but also because of the snow. I had a long list of things to do once …

Take some time out

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In the final of the World Logging Championships two loggers competed to see who could fell the most timber between 8.00a.m. and 4.00p.m. They set to with attitude and seemed to chop stroke for stroke until Peter stopped at ten to 9.00. Sensing his chance Paul redoubled his efforts. At 9.00 Paul heard Peter start to chop again. They seemed …