Inspiring the Next Generation of Workplace Leaders

by Mike Petrusky on July 27, 2018

“The best way to predict the future is to shape it.” A great quote shared with us by Thomas Mitchell, one of our guests featured this week. One way we can shape the future of FM is by positively supporting and influencing those who want to join our efforts. Our impact as an industry is not limited to one generation, and it’s imperative that we as a whole continually look for opportunities to inspire the FM generations after us. Dr. Eunhwa Yang and Thomas Mitchell give us a few ideas on how to do just that. 

Next Generation Workplace Leadership & FM Education

Dr. Eunhwa Yang | Assistant Professor, School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech

“So that’s why the school and I have been involved with IFMA Atlanta Chapter, to bring professionals into the classroom. So they can pass down those experiential knowledge, tacit knowledge to the younger generation at Georgia Tech.”

Inspirational Facility Management Leadership

Thomas L. Mitchell | Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, FM3IS Associates

“This is an opportunity for folks to know the value that FM provides, not just towards maintaining these facilities, but the success of our entire organization. We can be the leaders in promoting original innovation.”

Thomas Mitchell just may be one of facilities management’s biggest fans. As the Senior VP and COO at FM3IS Associates, he preaches the importance of his company’s motto, “integration, inspiration and innovation”. One of his main goals is to spread the word of the great work and influence the FM industry has on the built environment. This is a man who really loves what we do, and the perfect candidate to discuss how we can inspire future FM generations.

Thomas believes the most valuable resource any organizational leader has is their people. One way to influence the people on your team is by practicing a term called deliberate talent management. Thomas explains the development and maintenance of talent can be viewed in the same way you would view a building’s lifecycle, there are various stages depending on that building. This helps leaders proactively place the right people, in the right position, at the right time. 

In this episode of the podcast we cover how by raising awareness of this process and placing value on developing individuals, FM professionals will create opportunities to lead their organizations towards success, and will help facilitate the success of the industry as a whole. 


Mike Petrusky

Mike Petrusky is host of the “Workplace Innovator Podcast” and Director of Events and Growth Marketing at iOFFICE. He joined iOFFICE in March of 2018 with a mission to energize the company’s live events. He is a dynamic speaker, podcaster, and seasoned marketer who has a passion for sharing iOFFICE’s unique brand of thought leadership to CRE & FM leaders in the digital workplace.

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