Best Practices – The Post-COVID Office – How organizations are managing return to work

The following content was originally published July 2021 on IBM’s Category Newsletter.  The Post-COVID Office – Our New Normal By Olivia L’Heureux Category Manager – Facilities With light at the end of the quarantine, Companies are preparing to bring worker’s back to the office.  Offices are being reconfigured to promote new safety protocols and make…

Industry Watch – Request For Information – How One Contractor Revealed His Unscrupulous Nature And How You Can Guard Against Similar Behaviors.

Recently, I was on a webinar hosted by the American Institute of Architects.  The discussion topic was about how to improve relationships between Architects and Contractors.   I expected a lively discussion about scope of work and maybe some dialogue about design-build versus design-bid-build.   The panelists included an Architect, a Developer, and a General…

Industry Watch – Pay-When-Paid – A Common but Illegal Term that Exists In Most Construction Contracts.

General Contractor should not rely on the Owner’s contract to define the terms and obligations between the Contractor and his subcontractors. Rather, the GC should specifically state any and all of their sub-contractor terms (including payment obligations) independently of the Owner’s obligations to the GC. The Contractor should adhere to those terms independent of what may or may not be happening between the Contractor and the Owner.

Commentary – Why 2020 Was The Worst Year and How To Give Yourself Space to Be Creative.

Despite these blessings, you may know, that this year, my drive for continuing this blog waned.  I shared how my workload was at an all-time high, but my motivation was at an all-time low.

Since that time, I would not say that things have changed very much.

We are still in a pandemic. My work load remains high. Motivation for writing this blog remains low.

ProcureCon Facilities – A Virtual Event from WBR – Dealing With Disruption, Continuing To Save, & Defining The New Normal.

Typically I try to announce speaking engagements in advance, but as you know, I’ve been a little off from my normal routines lately.

Regardless, I recently participate in a virtual event hosted by Worldwide Business Research (WBR) creators of the ProcureCon series.

The event was hosted and moderated by Ryan Kulp (Program Director for ProcureCon Facilities). The three hour event included panel discussions, presentations, and fireside chats with 9 leaders in Facilities Procurement.

The segment I participated in was a fireside chat between Ryan, myself and my friend and colleague Michael Beauregard.

Update – The CoronaVirus – Why It’s Been Several Weeks Since My Last Post and Why It May be A While Before You Hear From Me Again.

You might have noticed that I missed a few postings over the last few weeks.  My last post published 3 weeks prior to my sitting down to write this post.

Don’t worry, I have not been exposed to Corona Virus.  My lapse in activity is attributable to being too busy with work combined with a temporary lack of motivation. 

In a previous post I shared how the beginning of this year started with several hot projects.  Despite the impact of the Corona Virus, none of those projects have slowed down.  That together with a flurry of other activity has made it very difficult for me to find time to write.