What makes a Rising Star in FM?

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What makes a Rising Star in FM?

Thirty-five Facilities Managers who are making a difference in their chosen profession were recently recognised at a special reception in London. FM World magazine’s Rising Stars of FM event, sponsored by Office Depot, took place at the imposing 46-floor, 230 metre high Heron Tower in the City of London.

So what qualifies you as a rising star in the world of FM? Well, according to the readers of FM World, a capacity to think your way out of complex or suddenly manifesting situations is of major importance. So is an ability to communicate at board level as well as to customers and clients.

Nearly a quarter of respondents cited the ability to form close working relationships as more important than all bar one other attribute.

The number one attribute, cited by more than half of the respondents, was an ‘ability to formulate and introduce innovative working models’, especially the ability to see an innovation through from conception of the idea to delivery of the solution.

Thinking on your feet is one thing but seeing a project through to completion is quite another! Putting theory into practice and doing the hard work of making an idea come to fruition is the major achievement, so any rising star needs to roll their sleeves up to achieve the heights.

The Rising Stars were interviewed during the Heron Tower event. The answers they gave are here for you to view on the following video clips.

What would you say to young people who might be considering a career in Facilities Management?
Part 1
Part 2

What is the biggest issue you face in your current job right now?

What has been your biggest career challenge in Facilities Management to date? 

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