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Forum Announces April Seminar Program in Nashville, TN

The Healthcare Facilities Management Forum announces the 2015 April seminar program kicking off at the upcoming Forum in Nashville, TN. The following seminars are complimentary to executives attending the Forum.An in

1. How to Achieve Savings in Facility Operations & Contract Management
Presented by Jackie Cooper & Stan Cooper - Owners of Operational Solutions Management, LLC

Safety, security and emergency management (SSEM) are considered vital areas of a facility's operational program, but how to implement them successfully may seem daunting and expensive. This presentation will provide you with a basic appreciation of how these essential functions can be done in a cost-effective way through contractual management and oversight. Facilities typically require assistance with many of the components of the SSEM program. Each program is an evolving process that will need to be re-assessed and scrutinized for accuracy and completeness each year. The challenge is to identify options which will allow purchases and service contracts to be manageable within the particular facility's budget. Therefore Contract Management is a vital component of a successful SSEM program.

2.  Repair & Renovation Construction Projects - A Better Way: Job Order Contracting
Presented by Mike Coberley - Sr. Mgr. at KBR On-Call Construction

Today’s medical facility managers face the daunting task of doing more with less.  While staff and capital budgets are being cut and costs for new construction escalate, refurbishing existing facilities becomes an ever more attractive and necessary prospect.  Unfortunately, the traditional procurement methods to solicit and contract these projects don’t provide the facility planner with the quick response and budget control required.  However, there is an alternative procurement vehicle that truly has the possibility of being better, more responsive and more cost effective… three things all managers dream of.  Job Order Contracting (JOC). The purpose of this presentation is to educate the attendee on what Job Order Contracting (JOC) is, how it works, and what its potential benefits are.

3. Leveraging Analytics for Energy & Operations Performance in Facilities
Presented by Patty Anderson - CEO of Performance Building Solutions

While technology is advancing, instructional budgets continue to decrease reinforcing the importance of gaining visibility to energy and operational information.  Through the use of sub-metering infrastructures and integration to existing Building Automation systems Healthcare facilities can gain access to the distributed energy usage and equipment operational performance data allowing them to focus conservation efforts where needed. Providing case studies, we will hold a discussion of how existing or newly introduced infrastructures can be leveraged by analytical software platforms to provide real time energy data and operational key performance indices to the various stakeholders within the facility environment.  Aligning the right level technological solution, integration methods and analytic key performance indicators are key to provide the outcomes to align with user needs.

4. Sustainable Materials in Restrooms, Locker Rooms & Other Applications
Presented by Rob Donlon - Director of Sales at Scranton Products
Credits: 1 AIA HSW/SD CE Hour & 1 GBCI CE Hour

An in depth look at the sustainable materials in restrooms and locker rooms. Explanation of how High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) reduces environmental impact and ways it offers both initial and long term improvements to the indoor air quality of any project. Several examples of how responsible manufacturing is a critical part of any product's life cycle assessment.

5. How Dashboard Style Interfaces & System Analytics are Increasing Operational Efficiency & Reducing Energy Costs in Commercial Building
Presented by John Mitro - Business Development Manager - US East Delta Controls

New tools in the building automation industry have provided stake holders from board room to boiler room the means to increase their understanding of how building assets are serving the organization and a method of managing and implementing reductions in energy usage and operational costs. 

6. Cards & Readers: Evolution of Identification & Credentialing in the Enterprise
Presented by Terry Gold - Founder of iDanalyst LLC. 

This presentation gives insight into card readers and access control for your facility including the fundamentals of how they operate, compatibility challenges and strategies. Also learn how to assess credential security and the evolution of the market and new requirement considerations.

7. Threat & Vulnerability Landscape in Physical Access Systems
Presented by Terry Gold - Founder of iDanalyst LLC.

Secure your facility by understanding the methods of today's hackers. Find out how hackers compromise physical environments and learn the pitfalls of your organization. Attending this seminar will give you insight into the overall safety, security and intellectual property at your facility. Learn common mistakes - some visible, some obscure, and get tips from the experts on how to avoid leaving your facility at risk.

 

Reserve your place at the Healthcare Facilities Management Forum here. This complimentary event offers 50 executives the opportunity to meet face-to-face with solution providers that they pre-select to discuss upcoming projects and plans. A seminar program and numerous after hour networking events allow high-caliber attendees to connect in an intimate and luxury environment. Registration includes accommodation at the Gaylord Opryland, all meals and refreshments and a personal itinerary of appointments and seminars.


Facilities Management Summit Offers CEUs for Seminar Program

The Facilities Management Summit is offering continuing education learning credits during a one hour seminar program on Sustainable Materials in Restrooms, Locker Rooms and Other Applications. In order to attend the seminar, executives must register for the complimentary Forum taking place on June 1 & 2, 2015 in Houston, TX.

Attendees will earn one AIA HSW/SD CE hour and one GBCI CE hour by completing the one hour program sponsored by Scranton Products. The program will take an in depth look at sustainable materials in restrooms and locker rooms, offering an explanation of how High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) reduces environmental impact and ways it offers both initial and long term improvements to the indoor air quality of any project.

Scranton Products is a confirmed vendor attending the Facilities Management Summit. The summit is designed to connect senior facilitiy management executives, GPOs and solution providers. During the day-and-a-half summit, executives will attend pre-arranged business meetings, industry seminars and networking experiences – all in a small scale and intimate setting.

The Facilities Management Summit is complimentary to the first 50 qualifying registrants, meaning hotel accommodation, meals, refreshments and personalized itinerary are covered.

Since 1996, Forum Events has hosted successful appointment-based events in Europe and North America with 96 percent of attendees reporting that attending a summit is more effective than a traditional trade show. Of the attending decision makers at the summit, 55 percent say they send junior levels of staff to national conventions to collect data, while the decision makers themselves attend our events. 

In order to reserve your complimentary place at the Facilities Management Summit and earn CE hours at Scranton Products’ seminar, register here.

For questions about attending the summit, contact Jamie Stewart at jamie.stewart@forumevents.com or by phone at (941)925-7585 ext. 101. For media questions, contact Yasmin Parsloe at yasmin.parsloe@forumevents.com.

For a full list of industry events and our upcoming schedule of events, click here.


HR& Employee Benefits Partners With Training & Development Summit for 2015 Seminar Topics

Seminar (Shortlist) Schedule 2015
Training & Development Summit
HR & Employee Benefits Summit 

Your complimentary attendance at either the Training & Development Summit or HR & Employee Benefits Summit includes attendance at the following seminars (more to come). Our 2015 lineup features industry-specific topics for decision-makers in the field. For more information on the events and to register, click on the event logo below:

2015 SEMINAR TOPICS:

Training & Development as a Business Strategy

The Formula for Improving Engagement Scores: Case Study
of 3 Amazing Recoveries

Hot Topic Alert!: Coaching the Coaches:
What do our supervisors really need to direct performance?

Motivating employees on a shrinking budget

Creating a Compelling Vision that mobilizes your employees to
fulfill your Mission!

Centering your organization on what matters most

Why wellness lacks results and a radical new perspective
on creating health outcomes

Too Busy Working IN the Business to Work ON It?

What is Engagement anyway?

Why Participation is so low in wellness efforts and how
to invest your dollars more wisely

The role of HR when morale, engagement and satisfaction are low

Development of the HR Professional:
Lessons from an Executive Coach  


7 Tips for Appointment-Based Networking


Appointment-based events challenge a traditional trade show in the sense that your presence matters. While sitting across from a potential client or solution provider, your interactions are vital to build a working relationship that will benefit you both. Event organizers work diligently to make meaningful introductions with the potential to build future business relations – we make the connection, the rest is up to you. Here are just a few tips to make your networking at these events a success:

1. Attend Your Meetings!

You wouldn't sign up for speed dating, and then stand up your date, so attend your business meetings as though your love life depends on it. Standing up a potential client or solution provider is not only rude, but it’s also a bad representation of your company. At an appointment-based event, you are meeting face-to-face with elite business professionals – a quality meeting like this is rare and deserves attention.

2. Ditch the Sales Pitch

Appointment-based events are a ‘no-hard sell’ zone. Networking at these events is primarily about building relationships rather than immediate sales. People do business with people they like – get to know the person you could potentially work with and their company, then pursue a working relationship.

3. Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is key when meeting new people, especially in a business setting where you are learning about their company. The more you ask, the clearer vision you will have, and even more importantly – the better conversation you will have! The more you learn, the better advice and solutions you can give and as Joshua Krane, the CEO at Ciplex says, “If someone likes them [your ideas], chances are they will hire you to execute them.”

4. Listen!

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” Listening on both sides of the table is effective in identifying needs and finding solutions. As Megan Duckett of Sew What, Inc.? said, “Not every communication is an opportunity to blow your own business trumpet. Sometimes you may find yourself sharing information about another company or service that you have heard of.” Listen, learn and find solutions.

5. Relax & Enjoy the Experience

An appointment-based event is a less stressful environment. You are not overwhelmed by booths and numerous representatives, it is an intimate and luxurious experience designed so that business executives can have productive and quality meetings. These events are also jam-packed with other networking activities, all of which take place in a beautiful venue. Enjoy it – because a month down the line, when you reconnect with your new contacts, you will have a shared experience to build the foundation of a fruitful business relationship.

6. Smile!

The energy at these events is electric – a positive attitude and approachable demeanor is vital! Again, people do business with people they like – so be likable, polite and have meaningful meetings – whether you think there’s a business relationship to be had or not, a positive representation goes a long way!

7. Follow Up If You Say You Will

If you tell someone you’re going to email them, email them. If you say you’ll reach out to them via phone, call them. From beginning to end, leave a lasting impression – make your attendance work for you and follow up with your new business connections promptly. 

 


Learning from The Best: Change Management


Change management is a restructuring strategy within an organization to achieve a desired outcome. Change management is people oriented and requires all levels of leadership – from executives to line leaders – to welcome change. When the process of change management is executed skillfully, the entire workforce moves toward a common goal as seen when new CEOs took over global giants like Yahoo!, Coca-Cola and Kodak.

In 2010, the Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) interviewed nearly 300 organizations worldwide about their redesign initiatives taking place over 18 months. After undergoing a reorganization, the companies reported only 60 percent hit their employee performance goals. The companies concluded these results were due to a workplace with an unclear decision-making authority, reduced collaboration or poor alignment between an employee’s interest and their new job. Similarly, a recent Bain & Company study of 57 reorganizations found that less than one third of the changes produced any meaningful improvement in performance.

Undeniably, change is difficult – especially when success requires all hands on deck. Below is a basic process of change management that when applied to an organization, will drive results.

Phase 1: Preparing for the change.

Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company 2006-2014, led
Ford through restructuring during his tenure. 

Leaders should define a strategy and consult with the management team to develop a plan. The outcome should be a central goal that betters the organization. One company that prospered in this phase is Ford Motor Company who, under Alan Mulally’s control (Mulally retired from his position at Ford on July 1, 2014 following an 8 year tenure), developed a plan that not only mapped progress, but also listed the key decisions at each stage of the plan and the infrastructure needed to execute solutions effectively.

Phase 2: Managing change.

Implementing the plan is one of the most difficult phases – it requires stern inflexibility along with constant analysis, attention to detail and a system for identifying red flags that could potentially derail the organization. Again, Ford took to reorganization without fail. Ford moved through the entire company, transforming its structure from regional business units to a widespread global enterprise. This new system made the entire company more fluid, allowing leaders to make crucial decisions more effectively.

Ford did not head into change blindly though. As CEO, Mulally was hands on throughout the entire change process. He met weekly with his team to track progress and analyze the execution of decisions. By continuously meeting and analyzing the decision process, Ford was able to offset unnecessary brands, reduce spending and consolidate areas of the business.

Phase 3: Reinforcing change.

The final phase of change management requires analysis, instrumental diagnostics and celebration. Leaders, along with their teams, should collect and analyze feedback – consider employee surveys, brainstorming sessions, etc. This form of collective data allows an organization to diagnose gaps and implement corrective actions. Finally, given the effort and involvement of every leader within the company, there should be a celebration of change – whether it be a change in productivity, money or culture. A company that has successfully reorganized, like Ford, will still face obstacles, but using a well-planned, implemented and analyzed structure, it will transform into a more resilient powerhouse which will thrive in its industry.

 


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