Amid the hurried pace of the typical facilities management workday, it often seems as if there is not a moment to spare. Making time for thoughtful, reflective, and critical thinking, however, is one of the most important assets in your leadership toolkit.
When organizations set out to implement large change initiatives, culture is always on the agenda. Culture, however, is merely a label used to summarize organizational beliefs and behaviors. To change culture, change the organization’s beliefs about itself and the way it acts as a result.
When our youngest was seven years old we gave him a police siren for his bicycle for Christmas. For two days he chased every visitor that came down the road on the way to our house, even pulling one of them over and suggesting that only a smuggled piece of Mom’s mince pie would stave off a speeding ticket. That, as it turned out, was the beginning of a career.
I now take it as a given that there isn’t a whole lot we can take for certain anymore. I do know that the love of my wife and children is unshakeable, that the sun will always rise in the east, and that I am unlikely to ever acquire a taste for broccoli. Beyond that, much of life seems to be like the proverbial bowl of jelly I keep trying to nail to the wall. But the fact that I cannot foretell the future and therefore prepare for it perfectly, does not mean that I cannot be prepared for the future.
Business Continuity is a critical function for all facility managers, yet many if not most delegate it to consultants who are not knowledgeable of organizational culture, alignment, or strategy. Business Continuity planning is best done by facility managers who are most intimate with the imperatives of their business, its priorities, and mechanisms.
Desire to do one’s best in all circumstances is a powerful motivator. Last week I attended a ministry conference which drew hundreds of people from around the globe to a small host church and saw first-hand how desire influences performance. The conference was awesome, but equally impressive in its own way was how the local congregation served the attendees.
One of the best explanations of what happened to the recycling business comes from 99% Invisible. If you are a fan of the podcast as I am you know it is dedicated to exploring and explaining design’s influence on social and everyday matters, and what lies unseen below the surface.
Regimen and rigor combine to elevate preparation, a necessary part of any endeavor we undertake. In today’s pace, however, they are too often overlooked or given short attention. The results can be unfortunate or even unsettling. In the worst cases, failures to act through diligence have far reaching and impactful consequences. The opposite of this equation is just as true, however. When applied with serious intent, regimen and rigor lead to better outcomes and less regret.