Personal development

  • Encouraging your staff to play sport – especially if they haven’t done so in a long time – could lead to injuries and affect business operations, says Adam Gomes.
  • Volunteering at a senior level presents unique challenges and, more importantly, benefits one’s professional development, says Steve Roots.
  • Including people with learning disabilities and differences in the workforce can yield great results, but the way tasks are explained requires fresh considerations, explains Kerrie White.
  • Vicky Lopez offers advice to women looking to succeed in a male-dominated industry.
  • Lax password security could be dangerous for you and your business, says Clive Taylor.
  • People are nervous about having conversations about race but silence is detrimental, says Meg Horsburgh.
  • Be prepared for a counter-offer when resigning, says Claudio Rojas.
  • We need to know what motivates us and our colleagues to get the best from each other, says Victoria O’Farrell.
  • Tim Chadwick reveals how to turn an operational problem into a business.
  • Mistakes happen so leaders need to know when to give second chances, says Alistair Craig.
  • Anne Lennox-Martin discusses best practice in succession planning.
  • Negotiating budgets is never easy but there are ways that FMs can strengthen their case for finance and leadership, says Justine Cooper.
  • FMs under pressure often say ‘yes’ to mollify the client or occupier’s demands, but it’s not always the best answer, says Chandra Hughes.
  • Stamping out workplace bullying is a challenging task and requires the right set of personal skills, says Fergus Roseburgh.
  • The role of a leader is to create conditions for employees to thrive, says Claire Curran.
  • It’s an oft-uttered sentiment that FMs only receive attention when something goes wrong, so it is important to ensure that the team is thanked for a job well done – even if you have to ask for it, says Laura Birnbaum.
  • Procrastination seldom serves us, but we can overcome it with a combination of enjoyment and rewards, says Victoria O’Farrell.
  • Jamie Harris speaks to Russell Wood – an ambitious facilities manager who has climbed his career ladder “about five or six years sooner than expected”. His company, Close Brothers Asset Management, has been rewarded through putting its faith in him. Here, he details what he’s learned along the wa...
  • Tom Booton was an officer in the Royal Navy before discovering FM and spending more than 10 years working for Mitie and Anabas before taking his current in-house role as head of corporate real estate at The Law Society two years ago. We ask Tom to share his experiences.
  • Getting ‘buy-in’ on a particular project or initiative often rests on how well you present your case. You may also be required to speak to potential clients, or present to an external audience to share best practice with peers.