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Small changes add up to bigger ones

Small changes add up to bigger ones

Most of us are aware that change rarely happens overnight. In fact, change often doesn’t happen at all! Many of us sit quite happily in our comfort zone, overthinking the impact of change and worrying about the alternative to the status quo… Others rush into change...

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Mentor Power is No Myth

Mentor Power is No Myth

When Odysseus was away building wooden horses outside the walls of Troy, he left his trusted friend Mentor to watch over his son and heir. This is recognised by many as the birth of mentoring. In the centuries since Homer penned the Iliad and the Odyssey, the process...

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Playing by the Rules

Whenever there is a largescale catastrophe, anywhere in the world, thousands of facilities managers give silent thanks that the disaster didn’t take place in their building, says Julie Kortens. The apparent cause of the fire was a fridge that caught fire in one of the...

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Announcing the Choice Chance Change conference 2017

Announcing the Choice Chance Change conference 2017

Konnected People's Julie Kortens is thrilled to be organising a conference on Thursday, 23 November with Victoria O’Farrell of Motivational Voice. The Choice Chance Change conference has an amazing line up of speakers, including the brilliant, TIMES No. 1 best seller...

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Julie awarded Honorary Fellowship at BIFM awards AGM

Julie was thrilled to be awarded her Honorary Fellowship at the recent BIFM awards Annual General Meeting, alongside three other members. David Batley, Steve Gladwin, and Polly Plunket-Checkemian were  also officially awarded the Institute’s highest accolade during...

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Fire and Security Matters: Playing by the rules!

I'm delighted to be writing  for a new publication: Fire and Security Matters. Here's my first column. Fire and security have always been vital to facilities management and essential to keeping people safe. As such you’d think that everyone would appreciate the...

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Carving out FM’s path

By Julie Kortens.  I can’t believe my term as chairman is nearly over and, before stepping down, I’d like to take this opportunity to say a few words. It wasn’t until I became chairman that I truly understood the complexity of professional bodies. Some say BIFM...

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I’m standing down as Chairman of the BIFM

After three amazing years I am standing down as Chairman of the BIFM on 31st December. Below is the formal announcement from BIFM. Stephen Roots Announced as Next Chairman of BIFM The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has confirmed that Stephen Roots,...

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Speaking at CIFMers conference in Madrid

I had the privilege of speaking at the CIFMers conference in Madrid earlier this year. It was an amazing experience. The conference was really well attended and both an informative and collaborative event. My contribution was a session on contractual relationships:...

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Thinking of going it alone?

This article 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...

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‘Wanna join the workplace culture club? – in FX magazine

As discussions about the importance of ensuring that your workspace reflects your culture gather pace, here are a few recollections from my time at Channel 4 where boundaries were pushed really early on. Click here to read the full article in FX magazine. If you want...

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