Deeper Dive Sessions

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 1-5 p.m.

Deeper dives are in-depth, interactive sessions. Come learn, share, network, laugh and get ready to take charge of the rest of your World Workplace conference experience — and your career.

  • DD 1: The Disaster Experience for Facility Managers (A Tabletop Exercise)
  • DD 2: Tech Rich, Time Poor – Managing Your Workload and Technology

DD 1: The Disaster Experience for Facility Managers (A Tabletop Exercise)

Tuesday Oct. 2, 2018, 1-5 p.m.
Room: 209AB / 210AB 

Sponsored by: ARC

Natural DisastersThis simulation will put you in the throes of real-life disaster situations, as they unfold. You will make critical decisions and deal with the consequences of those decisions! After you’ve finished, you’ll understand the importance of advance disaster and continuity planning.

Session description

Chances are that while you read this, an unexpected disaster is causing a facility manager stress and confusion. Are the facilities leaders prepared to handle it? Will they be able to recover? Disasters of every shape, size, look and feel happen all the time, affecting businesses, people's jobs, lives and families. You'll never be caught unprepared again.

Program outline

  • Introduction
  • Overview of the principles of emergency management
  • Discussion of the disaster scenario and the ground rules
  • Disaster simulation (role-play)
  • Post disaster debriefing and discussion
  • Wrap-up

Attendees at any level will benefit from this session.

Session facilitator

Bob MellingerBob Mellinger, CBCV, is the founder and president of Attainium Corp., which delivers business continuity, emergency preparedness and crisis management services.

Mellinger is a frequent speaker on the topics of business continuity, contingency planning, emergency preparedness and crisis management, delivering sessions ranging from The Basics of Continuity Planning to the Impact of Today’s Threats and Hazards, as well as customized, interactive mock-disaster tabletop exercises known as the Disaster Experience.

Mellinger is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a major in Computer Science, and has a graduate certificate from George Washington University’s Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management.


DD 2: Tech Rich, Time Poor – Managing Your Workload and Technology

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 1-5 p.m.
Room: 201AB / 202AB

Of all the topics we cover, one seems to have the most urgency within organizations — workload management. With more to do and more technology available to help us do it, how do we manage the increased volumes and increasingly interdependent work? Though the productivity enhancing potential of technology is significant, research suggests we are becoming tech rich, but increasingly time poor.

Workload management is the way we respond to the massive amounts of information, requests, communications and priorities we face each day. In today’s high-speed, high-tech environment, most people find their work guided by the LIFO principle, Last In First Out. This throws the entire organization into “reactive” mode and when people feel that they lack control, stress levels increase. The possibility that something important will fall through the cracks becomes imminent. Productivity suffers and resources are wasted.

Without a successful workload management process and a supporting tool to manage both the increased complexity of the modern workload and the influx of digital data that accompanies it, high-potential organizations can’t turn high priority innovations and strategies into realities. In fact, without the skills to manage our workflow and the work day effectively, many facility managers waste time just trying to keep up with all the complexity.

This exciting, interactive presentation will cover prioritization on the fly, freeing your brain of “mind traffic” and breaking the “fire-fighting” habit, and techniques to help you structure a productive day.

This session will help attendees:

  • Organize their technology into a unified productivity system
  • Create a customized checklist for organizing their day
  • Control mind clutter and prevent things from falling through the cracks
  • Allow for interruptions when planning
  • Develop a planning process and creating daily work and call plans that are valid and can be executed
  • Establish an end-of-day routine to review accomplishments, track follow-up and pre-plan your next work session

Session speaker

Deb CullertonDeb Cullerton, Senior Partner of Priority Management Associates (PMA), is an expert executive coach, speaker and facilitator.

She merges her leadership and engineering background with her knowledge of adult learning to deliver programs consistently referred to as the best training experience participants have ever had. An authority in the fields of leadership, productivity and communication, she has delivered programs to more than 1,500 groups during her tenure at PMA. Cullerton’s unique abilities and knowledge make her a sought-after trainer of trainers.

She is also an active public speaker and has presented programs for organizations including the City & Regional Magazine Association, National Association of Women Business Owners, National Association of Credit Managers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Human Resource Managers and FoodShare International.

She has been named a “Woman of Influence” by the New England Women in Business and is a successful business owner who applies the lessons she teaches her clients to the way she runs her own organization. Prior to her years in the training field, Cullerton spent many years as an industrial engineer, facility manager and project manager for United Parcel Service.

She has held board positions for the National Association of Women Business Owners and the American Society for Training & Development. Cullerton is also a professional member of the National Speakers Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.

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