I’m stepping in for Joe this issue. Joe is dealing with a medical issue—nothing serious, but certainly nothing pleasant, and he may not feel like typing right now. I’m glad for this opportunity, because I really enjoy Joe’s take on things. I always want to call the webmaster and ask for the creation of a page that says, in big letters, “Joe—your column last time was EXCELLENT!” It should feature flashing stars and a video of fireworks.
I agree with Joe on so much. I love that he writes about how we present ourselves
on the job—that facility managers are professionals, and his belief that we need
to dress and conduct ourselves as though we are at the top of the management ladder.
We all know the old adage that one should dress a level above one’s current position;
I like to tell people to dress as though they might have to meet unexpectedly with
the president or chairman of the board that day. In discussions with Joe when we’ve
seen each other at World Workplace or other events, we agree that we aren’t telling
folks to wear Armani on a construction site (although I have) or plunge a toilet
while wearing high heels (although I do) or wear a suit every single day even if
the culture doesn’t demand it (although Joe does). We agree we aren’t telling people
they have to focus obsessively on appearance; we just think appearance plays a big
role in how we’re perceived. We believe professional presence matters. It tells people
what we think of ourselves and our jobs. It’s an indication of the value we know
we provide. Even if the job does not demand a high-
I also enjoy Joe’s other pursuits. Joe has a blog called Rock-
Everyone has their own individual challenges, but what I share with Joe is a real enjoyment of the facility management profession. Many years ago, when I first began speaking at IFMA events, I opened my presentations by asking who in the audience had studied facility management and planned to go into it as a profession. Few would raise their hands, although that has changed to some degree (I still ask the question). Then I would ask how many studied for something else, and then, as now, the majority of hands would shoot up, and I’d ask folks to call out what their majors had been in college. From romance languages to child psychology, facility managers come from so many different initial interests. I seem to remember Joe telling a Corporate Facilities Council audience that he had studied medieval literature but had drifted into facility management because it gave him an opportunity to solve problems—something universally attested to by those in our profession, along with getting to know lots of different people (usually everyone in a company) and using one’s skills of organizing and strategizing.
I find in Joe a sympatico view of work and life. He is blessed to have found a job to which he brings his talents and values and finds satisfaction, and he has a desire to create a good life, a long life. He sees the lessons of life in his job, and I will bet that anyone who has done a study on what makes a rewarding career can tell us that being able to view most days as more than just a job probably predicts how much enthusiasm and commitment one brings to work.
So here’s my page of flashing stars, Joe! Keep those insights coming! I look forward to your views here and on your blog. Happy new year!
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Joseph Selby is a Corporate Property Manager for Wells Fargo Bank, managing a portfolio of 64 retail and administrative buildings.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he was the Facilities Services Supervisor for Novartis
Vaccines & Diagnostics (formerly Chiron Corporation,) At Novartis/Chiron Joseph
was responsible for managing a staff that was responsible for providing on-
With over 18 years of experience in facilities management, he has worked in industries as diverse as corporate legal services, online media, trade show production and traditional publishing.
Chapter Affiliation: East Bay (San Francisco East Bay))
Joseph Selby, CFM
Property Manager | Wells Fargo Bank