Firming Up the Soft Skills
March 20-22, 2007
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For many facilities professionals looking to bolster the role they play in their organizations, finding the time to strengthen or even develop a management philosophy can be challenging. Implementing new technologies, responding to increasing demands for facility services and addressing staffing shortages often hinder their efforts to think critically about the future of an organization — and, for that matter, of a career within that organization.
At the National Facilities Management & Technology Con-ference/Maintenance Solutions Expo (NFM&T/MS Expo), taking place March 20-22 in Baltimore, a new slate of free conferences will focus on sharpening the skills forward-thinking professionals need and encourage them to think strategically about their departments, organizational mission and careers.
“We’ve seen a distinct shift in the need for managerial and strategic training in the facilities marketplace,” says Wendy Loerch, director of education for the event. “We’ve dedicated more of this year’s seminars to addressing the skills and abilities needed for interaction with and entry into the C-suite.”
The following sessions are among the more than 90 free seminars at NFM&T/MS Expo that are specifically designed to enhance a facility professional’s managerial skill set.
The Knowledge Economy Morphs into the Creativity Economy
Presenter: Stormy Friday, President, The Friday Group
While human capital and the emphasis on knowledge workers are vital to successful organizations, there must be a move toward the next generation of organizational improvement. Explore how the new form of creativity helps organizations rethink service delivery approaches to enhance performance. Take away a creativity toolbox to design a strategy to keep your organization on the forward flow of corporate thinking.
You: A Focal Point of Influence
Presenter: James Barbush, Facilities Contracts Manager, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
This motivational presentation aims to inspire and teach staff and management to influence their work atmosphere, affecting all levels positively, regardless of their environment’s positive or negative aspects.
The DNA of Successful Executive Leadership
Presenter: Karla Brandau, CSP, President, People Skills International
This session is for managers looking to move up on the career ladder. It aims to demonstrate best practices of top facility managers. Attendees will identify their strengths and learn how to minimize weaknesses. Strategies in this program are aimed at helping them increase their influence, improve communication skills and maximize leadership abilities, especially through times of change.
How To Win C-level Approval for FM Automation
Presenters: Kevin Janus, Vice President of FM Services, and Chris Keller, President, Integrated Data Solution.
Facility managers are responsible for the infrastructure that supports each business process. Yet the support needed to streamline those processes can be hard to find. This case-study-style session looks at how to understand management’s perspective and needs, express the process optimization results in terms of those needs, express the strategic value of corporate real estate and facility management, and establish the trust needed to get sign off on a project.
For a complete list of conference sessions, go to www.nfmt.com.
Attendees can tap into networking opportunities before traveling to Baltimore
Taking a novel approach to event networking, NFM&T/MS Expo’s “ShowConnect” system enables registered attendees to network with other attendees before, during and after the event.
“We know that networking is one of the most commonly cited reasons attendees come to NFM&T/MS Expo year after year,” says Wendy Loerch, director of education for the event. “ShowConnect is a great tool to help make this key activity even easier.”
Upon registering at www.MaintenanceSolutionsExpo.com, attendees can create a custom profile and search for other attendees based on profiling questions.
“ShowConnect lets attendees set up meetings at the show, get answers from their peers and enhance their networking methods,” says Bob Wisniewski, president of Trade Press Publishing Corp., NFM&T/MS Expo’s co-owner. “Along with free access to educational sessions and exhibits, this is a truly valuable resource for facilities professionals.”
After answering a series of profiling questions customized to the event, registrants can tap into NFM&T/MS Expo’s ShowConnect to search for peers in similar markets or attending NFM&T/MS Expo for similar reasons. Attendees also can contact each other to schedule meetings at the show.
Register at www.MaintenanceSolutionsExpo.com.
Special room rates are in effect for Maintenance Solutions Expo and NFM&T attendees at selected Baltimore Inner Harbor hotels. To secure group rates, please call to make your reservation and be sure to mention the group name, NFM&T/MS Expo. Rooms are subject to availability. Make room reservations by Feb. 15, 2007, to qualify for show rates.