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LFM 046: Key Accounting Concepts for Facility Managers

LFM 046: Key Accounting Concepts for Facility Managers

Continuing on with our Business Finance series on Learning FM, this episode is all about key accounting concepts.  This can seem like a complex subject matter, but it doesn't have to be.  To be sure, mastering it will give you the most success in your FM career. What...

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LFM 045: Analyzing Financial Statements

LFM 045: Analyzing Financial Statements

Continuing on with our Business Finance series on Learning FM, this episode is all about analyzing financial statements.  This can seem like a complex subject matter, but it doesn't have to be.  To be sure, mastering it will give you the most success in your FM...

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LFM 044: PM to CM Ratio

LFM 044: PM to CM Ratio

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is all about the PM to CM Ratio. Have you heard of this?  If so, what do you shoot for? If you enjoyed this episode, check out my book, The Complete Guide to Facility Management.  I’d love to hear what you think about it! As a...

LFM 043: Project Closure

LFM 043: Project Closure

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is all Project Closure. As we wind our way through the steps in project management, this will take us through some basic information, tips, and techniques on how to closeout your projects now that you understand how to...

LFM 042: Dan’s Project Management Webinar

LFM 042: Dan’s Project Management Webinar

Today, I share my most recent webinar covering all topics related to Project Management.  Join me in listening to this great topic that Dude Solutions invited me to present in their forum.  If you want to check out the video, the link is below. Here is Where to Find...

LFM 041: What is Cryptocurrency?

LFM 041: What is Cryptocurrency?

So, you might be wondering, "What does Crypto have to do with FM?"  As it turns out - maybe a lot.  Join me on Episode 41 of The Learning FM Podcast, where we delve into what cryptocurrency is and, more importantly, the tech behind it. What you will learn in LFM 041:...

LFM 040: Project Supervision and Control

LFM 040: Project Supervision and Control

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is all Project Supervision and Control.  As we wind our way through the steps in project management, this will take us through some basic information, tips, and techniques on how to control your projects now that you understand...

LFM 039: Lessons Learned – Personal Stories in Leadership

LFM 039: Lessons Learned – Personal Stories in Leadership

I'm changing it up this week.  This episode of The Learning FM Podcast centers around my personal stories and lessons that I've learned along the way in leadership.  I've got a lot of stories, so if you like what you hear - let me know - and I'll make this a series in...

LFM 038: Intro to Business Finance

LFM 038: Intro to Business Finance

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is all about Business Finance.  While I know more than a few FMs that have a very limited knowledge of this subject, mastering it will give you the most success. What you will learn in LFM 038: Intro to Business Finance...

LFM 037: Managing the Unmanageable

LFM 037: Managing the Unmanageable

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is all about managing the unmanageable.  We all have dealt with employees that seem to be problem children and it's easy to spend the majority of your time dealing with those few bad apples.  Here's how I deal with managing the...

LFM 036: Project Execution – Steps in Project Management Part 6

LFM 036: Project Execution – Steps in Project Management Part 6

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is all Project Execution.  As we wind our way through the steps in project management, this will take us through some basic information, tips, and techniques on how to manage your projects now that you understand how to...

LFM 035: Occam’s Razor & Decision-Making

LFM 035: Occam’s Razor & Decision-Making

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is all about decision-making.  I'm going to talk through Occam's Razor and why I think it makes a lot of sense to apply in the context of managing facilities. As a facility manager, knowing what to do and when is vitally...

LFM 034: Listener Questions

LFM 034: Listener Questions

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is all about answering your questions!  From clarifying past comments to tackling new topics, this episode covers what you asked for.  Send me more of your Facility Management questions and I'll feature them on future episodes....

LFM 033: Succeeding in Facility Management

LFM 033: Succeeding in Facility Management

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is all about Succeeding in Facility Management.  From what to do to how to communicate it, these things will absolutely help you in your journey. As a facility manager, knowing what to do and when is vitally important.  This is...

LFM 031: The Battle of Trafalgar

LFM 031: The Battle of Trafalgar

In this episode, we discuss the Battle of Trafalgar and how Lord Nelson's leadership can be translated into some very real lessons for us as leaders in the FM community.  The most important thing for you to realize is how to ensure your intent is conveyed to your...

LFM 030: My Crazy Two Weeks!

LFM 030: My Crazy Two Weeks!

In this episode I cover our two-week annual maintenance shutdown and all of the projects I've been doing.  My crazy two weeks started months ago with forecasting, budgeting, and getting approvals for various projects.  I'll tie all of this together with how this...

LFM 029: The Life of a Facility Manager – What’s it Like?

LFM 029: The Life of a Facility Manager – What’s it Like?

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast goes in depth into The Life of a Facility Manager.  I thought it would be fun to talk about the day-to-day tasks and long-term planning that I do now as well as what I have in the past and how they play into the four knowledge...

LFM 028: Steps in Project Management – Quality and Communication

LFM 028: Steps in Project Management – Quality and Communication

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is Part 4 of a series teaching the Steps in Project Management with Quality and Communication!  This episode continues project planning as I emphasize how to incorporate quality into your project and methods for effective...

LFM 027: Disney World and Energy Management

LFM 027: Disney World and Energy Management

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is focused on Disney World and Energy Management.  After just returning from vacation there, I began digging into how Disney manages their energy consumption and what efforts they have undergone to improve energy savings. Disney...

LFM 026: Steps in Project Management – Planning the Project Budget

LFM 026: Steps in Project Management – Planning the Project Budget

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is Part 3 of a series teaching the Steps in Project Management!  This episode continues project planning as I emphasize how to plan your project budget. As a facility manager, having the ability to manage projects from beginning...

LFM 025: What is a Facility Condition Assessment?

LFM 025: What is a Facility Condition Assessment?

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast goes into detail and attempts to clarify questions I've received about what is a Facility Condition Assessment. In order to really explain the FCA, I also go into a little more detail about the Real Property Inventory and what...

LFM 022: What I Learned About Leadership Last Week

LFM 022: What I Learned About Leadership Last Week

In this episode of The Learning FM Podcast I talk about where I was and what I learned about leadership last week. As a facility manager, you may or may not think leadership is important.  I'm here to tell you it absolutely is! What you will learn in this leadership...

LFM 021: Knowledge Domains vs Core Competencies

LFM 021: Knowledge Domains vs Core Competencies

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is explains the difference in my four FM Knowledge Domains and IFMA's eleven Core Competencies! As a facility manager, there is a lot to know.  While I absolutely believe in IFMA's eleven competencies, I am advocate for becoming...

LFM 020: Steps in Project Management – Part 1

LFM 020: Steps in Project Management – Part 1

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is Part 1 of a series teaching the Steps in Project Management! As a facility manager, having the ability to manage projects from beginning to end is an invaluable tool that will really make you stand apart from your peers.  We...

LFM 019: How to Prioritize Capital Projects

LFM 019: How to Prioritize Capital Projects

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast focuses on how to prioritize capital projects.  It amazes me how many people get wrapped around the smallest of axles when it comes to capital budgets.  There is an absolute process that any FM can and should follow in order to...

LFM 018: How I Budget and Why

LFM 018: How I Budget and Why

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast focuses on how to create yearly operating and capital budgets.  From how I create mine to why I do it, learn the ins and outs of budgeting in facility management. What you will learn in this podcast: Approaches to Budget...

LFM 017: Must-have Management Skills

LFM 017: Must-have Management Skills

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is all about Must-have Management Skills. I wanted to focus on Leadership for this week's podcast and I was surprised when I got two separate emails this morning claiming to know the top 7 and 5 management skills all managers...

LFM 016: Emergency Response and Planning

LFM 016: Emergency Response and Planning

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast is all about Emergency Response and Planning in Facility Management. As a FMs, we have a lot on our plate.   We must ensure continued operations through all kinds of turmoil, from employee issues to unforeseen equipment...

LFM 015: Introduction to Project Management

LFM 015: Introduction to Project Management

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast gives you an Introduction to Project Management! As a facility manager, having the ability to manage projects from beginning to end is an invaluable tool that will really make you stand apart from your peers.  We all have...

LFM 014: Creating a Safety Program

LFM 014: Creating a Safety Program

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast covers Creating a Safety Program! As a facility manager, you must be knowledgeable about industry shifts in required components of the built environment.  One huge category we must consider is safety in the workplace.  Whether...

LFM 013: Wellness in the Workplace

LFM 013: Wellness in the Workplace

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast covers the Wellness in the Workplace! As a facility manager, you must be knowledgeable about industry shifts in required components of the built environment.  One huge category we must consider is the workplace.  As time moves...

LFM 012: Project Contract Types

LFM 012: Project Contract Types

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast covers the Project Contract Types! As you know by now, being a facility manager, means you are often a project manager.  In order to be an effective project manager, you must understand the types of contract you are likely to...

LFM 011: The 5 Styles of Leadership

LFM 011: The 5 Styles of Leadership

This episode of The Learning FM Podcast covers the 5 Styles of Leadership, but not before Dan goes into detail about why there are random pictures of carpet on the featured picture for this week's episode! In order to be an effective leader, you must understand how...

LFM 010: Hard and Soft Services

LFM 010: Hard and Soft Services

This podcast is all about operations and maintenance hard and soft services.  O&M is comprised of two basic services, hard and soft.  This podcast goes in depth on hard services and how to manage them in the most effective way possible. In this podcast you will learn...

LFM 009: Operations and Maintenance Hard Services

LFM 009: Operations and Maintenance Hard Services

This podcast is all about operations and maintenance hard services.  O&M is comprised of two basic services, hard and soft.  This podcast goes in depth on hard services and how to manage them in the most effective way possible. In this podcast you will learn the...

LFM 008: How to Get Your Organization to Spend Money

LFM 008: How to Get Your Organization to Spend Money

One of the most difficult parts of our jobs as Facility Managers is How to Get Your Organization to Spend Money.  Getting our organizations to invest in capital and operations procurement strategies takes a lot of convincing, in part because we operate in the...

LFM 007: Military Career and Leadership

LFM 007: Military Career and Leadership

Thanks so much for listening to the Learning FM Podcast.  Today, I devote this podcast to my military career.  I've decide to get out after 15 years of service to the Oklahoma Army National Guard and wanted to explain where I've been the last couple of weeks and why...

LFM 006: Introduction to Leadership

LFM 006: Introduction to Leadership

Thanks so much for listening to the Learning FM Podcast.  Today, I give you an introduction to leadership through the differences between a manager and a leader, my background and what future podcasts will cover, and the six bases of social power.  These are the bases...

LFM 005: How to Sell to Facility Managers

LFM 005: How to Sell to Facility Managers

Last Thursday, I posted an article entitled How to Sell to Facility Managers.  If you haven't checked it out, please do!  I had several questions and comments on that article and wanted to clarify my points and provide some background to let you know where I'm coming...

LFM 004: How to Get Hired in Facility Management

LFM 004: How to Get Hired in Facility Management

In this episode of The Learning FM Podcast, I walk you through how to get hired in facility management.  To be fair, these are very simple concepts that apply across many industries, but they are things that very smart people tend to completely ignore.  From building...

LFM 003: The Top 3 Things Facility Managers Must Do First

LFM 003: The Top 3 Things Facility Managers Must Do First

Today, I give you the top three things facility managers must do first when they arrive at new facilities.  Even if you are veteran at your company, these steps will help you build value as well.  The ability to come into a new organization and start to effectively...

LFM 002: How to Bring Value to Facility Management

LFM 002: How to Bring Value to Facility Management

In this episode of The Learning FM Podcast, I explain how to bring value to facility management. I explain both tangible and intangible value within the scope of managing your built environment.  We then look at how building value increases your worth to your company...

LFM 001: What is Facility Management?

LFM 001: What is Facility Management?

In this first episode of The Learning FM Podcast, Dan tackles the question, "What is Facility Management?"  Facility management, facilities management, or FM, is such an all-encompassing profession that is just gaining traction in many industries.  As our field grows,...

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