All entries for May 2012

May 17, 2012

KM and personal assets

It is common knowledge that people is the most important asset in a company. In regard to knowledge management, people are those who have the knowledge within an organisation and thus, they are valuable. But if we look into this idea from the perspective of the person, his/her knowledge is the most important personal asset.

All our skills and competencies are based and have been developed from our experience and knowledge. Thus, we are a 'portable database' of what makes us who we are. As companies have to take care of their assets, physical or not, in a same vein people have to take care of their personal assets. That is why we are students in this university, that it why we reflect on our experiences daily, that is why we read interesting things and especially, that is why we socialize.

If companies coulld inderstand the concept of KM in a same way that people do for their personal lives, it seems to me that intensive knowledgeable companies would be the rule, and not the exeption...

Career development part 2

As a matter of fact, after attending a careers workshop I found a very interesting vacancy to apply for in a large company. And since this company was one of my dreams to apply for a job, I send my CV.

But the important thing is that before I did send my application, I referred to the work values matrix (it's a list of statements about what we seek from a job in terms of personal value to us). And luckily, the position for which I applied coincided with what I consider important for me.

I'm not sure if this company will call me for an interview, but as long as I know what I seek from a job, and not only what a company seeks from me, I feel that I can manage my career aspiration in a better way for me. Because, the career that someone pursues must give satisfaction and personal growth, not just be a chore...

May 06, 2012

Facilities management and awards

award.jpgAs I am exploring the asset management issues a bit further, and especially facility management, I saw that the British Institute of Facilities Management has annual awards. So far, I knew about other kinds of awards, like CEO or manager of the year, but there they reward the Facility Manager of the year.

Of course, the idea behind these kind of awards is that they reward people for innovative use of FM methodologies, how they create dynamic solutions and how they integrate FM into the organisation’s strategic influencing and decision-making process and senior corporate structure (BIFM, online).

Thus, it is of no wonder why the area of FM has such an importance for companies and the job of faility mnagers is of equal importance with that of other managers.

For more information see the website:

May 01, 2012

Career planning

Today I had the opportunity to attend the career planning session and I would recommend that everybody attend it, even though (s)he has very clear opinion about what career wants to pursue. The main reason for attending this session was to learn as much as I could for what I want to do when I grow up! And actually it was very helpful.

The most informative part of this session was the list with the skills selector where you can see what are your skills via a wide variety of attributes. I always had a problem to identify my strengths/skills when I was asked to and this excersise was very helpful because I actually saw that I'm better than what I thought before!

I know that I still have a long way to go with identifying what exactly I want to do in my life, but today was a good start. As for my next action points

  • I will definitely have a very serious discussion with myself and see what I really want to do
  • I will try to find out how I can improve even more my skills (I'm studying business excellence of course and there are always areas for improvement) and
  • I will start making my career plan step by step having short-term goals and see how to achieve them.

I wish I've used this sessions earlier this year, as they focus on you as a person and they seem like some 'for me time'.

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