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Supporting Capital Expense Decision-Making

Recently, I saw a facility management article that suggested ways facility managers can put budget excesses to good use. I can’t recall that I’ve ever had that problem. In my experience, facility managers are always juggling resources, be it money, people, technology, or time. If your experience is like mine, then you understand the importance of choosing the right investments.

Best Reads of 2021

It turned out to be a strange reading year and as a result I read less than my norm. There are two main reasons for this. First, I read and listened to two books, Live Not By Lies and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy multiple times each as part of research projects in preparation for presentations, so the work went much deeper than simply reading or listening. Each required hours upon hours of research, cross checking, and the like. As for the second reason my reading was reduced from previous years, I was simply burnt out from the research projects and needed a break. After nearly three months away from books, I returned in mid-October. Over the course of the year, I read twenty-six books, about half my norm. This tally counts the two books mentioned above as one apiece. As for what I read, the three top categories were Fiction (8), History (7), and Faith (5). The remainder are scattered between Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, and Biography.

Photo of the Year

I did not get out with the camera this year as much as I normally do. When I did, however, I had good results. My favorite image comes from the first few days of November and was taken close to home. I was looking for Fall colors and found them in an unexpected place, a small pasture hidden behind a group of large boulders. I saw a wee bit of red leaf peeking up over one of the rocks and thought, “I wonder what’s back there.” When I saw the entire scene, I was captivated.

Living A Resurrected Life

As Christians, we know and believe that Christ conquered death through his resurrection, after which he was transfigured and returned to Heaven, making way for the Holy Spirit’s arrival. This knowledge and belief assure us that when we experience physical death, we will join Christ in Heaven. That’s all good, as far as it goes.

The Advantages of Integrating Scenario Planning and Strategic Planning

Strategic planning has long been a core part of the Facilities Management set of deliverables. As the planning environment becomes ever more ambiguous, the utility of scenario planning increases. Including scenario planning as a part of your strategic planning process allows you to plan for a range of environmental conditions and establish signposts that will help you understand the journey as it progresses. Understanding, you can then anticipate and adjust along the way.

Book Review: The Age of AI and Our Human Future

One will be hard pressed to find three individuals of such prominence collaborating on a work of such importance, which is reason enough to give this book a turn. Henry Kissinger needs no introduction. Eric Schmidt is past CEO of Google, and Daniel Huttenlocher is Dean of the Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT. Their collaboration speaks to the breadth and depth of the topic’s importance.

I Am Thankful for Life’s Troubles

God’s mercy in our lives, his working in ways both small and large, and our hearts full of his love are all joyous reasons to celebrate his provision and presence. It is easy to celebrate the good things that come to us in life. It is not as easy to celebrate the hard times that come in life, the times that test, tempt, and try us. These may not be from God, but they are still reasons to celebrate when we overcome through them.

Protecting Operational Requirements Is A Development Project Priority

When development project program requirements run up against project budget constraints you can expect Value Engineering and program modification to occur in short order. When done correctly these activities can be beneficial, resulting in program adjustments that fine tune the project without sacrificing important program elements or operational requirements. That is not always the outcome, however.

Photo Shoot: Salt River

Here in Arizona’s Mogollon Rim country, we had unseasonably warm weather in October and some incredible sunsets. Put those two together and getting out with the camera had to happen. I settled on a spot I have visited before on the Salt River just south of Sagauro Lake. The outing turned into and exercise in flexibility when things don’t go as planned, something all photographers are familiar with.

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