Brand values: what do you stand for?
Tuesday 17th October 2017

Brand is a simple word for a simple concept with which we are all familiar. Everything for sale is branded but the concept extends far beyond that, even to 'personal brands'. Labelling stuff has its advantages in a busy world.

Value for a new age
Wednesday 27th September 2017

Not since the end of the Cold War has the future seemed so uncertain. Faith in age-old institutions is dwindling and the global hegemony feels a little less stable.

Breaking free from the echo chamber
Wednesday 23rd August 2017

The ultimate aspiration for any FM function is to align itself with an organisation's core business. This is a sound bite facilities management professionals hear often.

Adding value
Tuesday 8th August 2017

Is this the most important goal in facilities management? Has value become the key deliverable and success in delivering it the key message for the industry?

Trusting your gut
Tuesday 25th July 2017

The head and the gut are often presented as antagonistic anatomical forces that compel a person to act either on reason or emotion. Yet science tells us that this is a false dichotomy.

Working out the future of work
Tuesday 18th July 2017

If there was ever a thing that might be needed it's probably a review of modern working practices. If there was ever a thing that might be difficult to do, it's probably a review of modern working practices.

It's the ethos, not the stats
Thursday 22nd June 2017

I have been fortunate enough to meet some innovative leaders in their inspiring corporate offices over the past couple of weeks. All very different businesses, but they do have one big thing in common: a clear commitment to their people.

Election chatter
Friday 16th June 2017

Buried beneath the clamour of the snap election and its surprising results last week was a story about something called the Naylor Review.

Leading the charge?
Wednesday 24th May 2017

Facilities management is nothing if not a place of change. Policies, practices, expectations and FM companies themselves shift and develop. Could one, Mitie, in the headlines as much for bad news as good in recent weeks, be showing us the way forward?

Looking back to see forward
Thursday 11th May 2017

I realise not everyone finds the history of FM as engaging as I do, but it is nevertheless interesting, instructive and occasionally surprising.

What's it all about?
Monday 27th March 2017

There was a brief but spirited Twitter discussion last week in which some highly experienced FM players debated the relationship between workplace and facilities management. The two are grappling for primacy at the moment, at least in some quarters.

Lies, damned lies and big red buses
Tuesday 7th March 2017

In a recent blog post, workplace commentator Simon Heath criticised The Stoddart Review for its assertion that a 1% productivity gain could add £20 billion to the UK economy.

The long view
Wednesday 1st February 2017

A new year is a time for looking forward, of course. But looking forward is inevitably built on a foundation of looking back, at things left undone and things that perhaps aren't going quite as planned. And then there are regrets.



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