Steven Sonsino got us started in good fashion this morning with thoughts on The Future of FM Leadership. His keynote presentation was spot on as he demonstrated FM’s need to focus on the development of a new generation of leaders who will take the profession into the future. A few nuggets from his talk…
- Leadership is about conversations. Data is important but people remember your stories. Use them to make your point and to illustrate why the data matters. Key point – Make sure you and the person you are talking with are having the same conversation!
- Culture change has to start at the root level – the fruit comes later. Too often leaders try to short cut the process. When they do, those following do not see recognition of the hard underlying issues that they know are the root of the problem. That calls into question the leader’s agenda, intellect, and integrity.
Steven got the audience’s attention with a great object lesson, thanks to the gracious volunteer participation of a few attendees, including IFMA CEO Tony Keene. To illustrate the value of thinking and doing differently, Steven had them apply shaving crème and shave with their opposite hand. Tony had the room laughing as he shaved his leg instead of his face, demonstrating both his agility and good nature.
In his closing remarks, Sonsino challenged us with his Think Bigger Manifesto:
- What do you stand for in FM? What matters to you? What makes being engaged important?
- Why does this matter to you? What makes it important? Why do you care?
- What do you stand against? Where do you draw your lines? What defines what is not acceptable?
- Who are you doing this for? What personal relationships are you invested in that make what you do important to you?
- Who else already cares? Who can you recruit or align with as an ally? What are they doing that you can come alongside with or adapt?
- Who is happy with the status quo and why? What challenges will they face if the status quo is changed? How can you help them?
Workplace Trends Around the World
Diane Coles, Nancy Sanquist, Kate North and Erik Jaspers helped kick off the launch of IFMA’s new Workplace Evolutionaries community in this session, noting current trends…
- Workplace innovation drivers are cost, culture, competition, community, conservation.
- Workplace trends are mobility, collaboration, utilization, choice, awareness, aesthetic.
- The great debate: What is driving workplace change – organizational culture or national culture? And the winner is … both!
- Big Data analytics are driving workplace innovation strategies.
- Workplace evolution is helping to drive re-urbanization and revitalization of the urban environment.
- Co-working spaces is a growing trend, expanding the collision zone for ideas beyond organizational boundaries.
A great start to Facility Fusion 2013 and the LA Live! experience is a great part of the occasion. Good job, IFMA!