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What’s happening with workplace in Silicon Valley?

What’s happening with workplace in Silicon Valley?

In November 2019 a group of almost 30 FM Directors from major Dutch corporates travelled to San Francisco to be inspired by the best practices applied by Silicon Valley’s leading companies, as well as companies established in San Francisco. This fact-finding trip took us to a dozen tech companies, ranging...

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Carlijn Dobbe on the Young Professional Programme

Carlijn Dobbe on the Young Professional Programme

Carlijn Dobbe: ‘Two years ago I started with Hospitality Group’s Young Professional programme: a development path for high-performers with potential, passion and a drive to excel. We challenge each other, brim over with new ideas and like to organise things in a smarter way. We do this at various clients...

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The magic of movies

The magic of movies

We all know what it’s like to see a film that inspires you and energizes you. A film that sticks in your memory and to which you respond. That happened to me when I saw the documentary 'Constructing Albert' at the Cinecetta theatre last week. Constructing Albert Constructing Albert is a...

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Exciting workspaces that drive co-working and fun and spur innovation

Exciting workspaces that drive co-working and fun and spur innovation

Huge, amazing and impressive Last week George Maas and I visited San Francisco and Silicon Valley to make preparations for the study trip of our FM Executive FM community. One would expect Silicon Valley the place to be but San Francisco surprised me enormously as well. The skyline changes on...

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The gender balance journey

The gender balance journey

Last week I attended the breakfast session in B.Amsterdam, at the invitation of Sodexo and Topvrouwen.nl. In three alternating panels, top women and men, such as Sophie Bellon, Marry de Gaay Fortman and Sander Graft, talked about moving the needle on gender balance. The dynamic interviews showed that even in...

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Hospitality – The science of attention

Hospitality – The science of attention

A distinguishing experience! I enter the Summum Lounge of Spirit Hosting, at their headquarters in Amsterdam. Perhaps better known as the Private Jet Lounge of Schiphol-Oost. It's not surprising that this environment radiates exclusivity and comfort. This unique location is the stage for the kick-off of our Hospitality Course. In...

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The magic of music

The magic of music

You don't have to be a musical talent to improve your well-being and even your health with music. Different studies show that music can have a positive effect on emotions, the experience of stress, and performance. Music does something to you Here are some interesting facts from various publications: Listening...

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What lens are you looking through?

What lens are you looking through?

After a three-day study trip with Dutch facility managers in London, our joint WhatsApp group keeps ringing. Mostly photos, giving a great impression of our visits to Barclays, Google, the Olympic Park, Borough Market and several good restaurants. When I look at the photos, it seems to me that everybody...

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Facility Manager, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Facility Manager, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

World FM Day, who would have imagined that 30 years ago – a day to celebrate the facility manager and facility management, and this is entirely justified. FM started out as a loyal organizer. Taking care of things, arranging and organising matters.  Nowadays, you no longer hear the jingling of a...

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Recruiting facility professionals, a person is so much more than their CV

Recruiting facility professionals, a person is so much more than their CV

In De Volkskrant I read an article by Joris Zwetsloot, where he compared the recruitment profession with moving boxes around a room. I'm afraid to say, he's not alone in this judgment of our noble profession. In my opinion, this is totally unjustified. After all, it's a trick not everybody...

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Sharp facility strategy because it helps

Sharp facility strategy because it helps

As you get older, and you can look back at a career where you helped not only many organisations, but especially professionals and managers in finding answers to all sorts of problems, you develop a strong sense of what works, and what doesn't. And then I'm not talking about the...

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Sourcing as a form of co-creation

Sourcing as a form of co-creation

The new FM strategy Last month ISS published a report worth reading: ‘2020 Vision; Future of Outsourcing and Perspectives for Facility Management’. An important conclusion of the researchers is that in 2020 outsourcing decisions will be made more on the basis of strategic arguments than from a cost perspective. External...

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