Although I am not in the traditional FM, what I love about the workplace transformation space is that feedback is immediate. Love it or hate it, you don’t have to wait around very long to see if you’ve hit the mark.
Very non-traditionally. I joined Cisco 10 years ago and was tasked with helping on customer identity and define technology strategies, specifically around collaboration technology. What I quickly realized was that many of the projects we were involved in were not collaboration technology initiatives, they were broader facilities projects where collaboration technology was being used to transform how people work. As a technology provider, this was an “ah ha” moment. Although we had great technology, we weren’t necessarily totally aligned with serving that market need.
Keeping up with the pace of user expectations. Today, employee’s expectations of the workplace are being influenced not only by where they previously worked, but by the media, their peers in the industry, where they went to university and what they see in the consumer space
Urbanization, and it’s impact on space planning and portfolio management
Analytics and Big Data, being able to make data driven decisions vs. relying on perception
Your ability to master the soft skills will truly define your success. The ability to communicate, work in teams, brainstorm, find creative solutions to complex problems, be able to negotiate, persuade and influence, manage conflict, etc.
Mark will be speaking at The Facilities Event at the Birmingham NEC between 11:30am and 12:00noon on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.