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President’s Message Seeing through a Corrective Lens PAUL WALSH, 2012-13 PRESIDENT PRSM ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS A recent visit to my optician left me with a diagnosis of myopia, or what is better known as shortsightedness. As I waited for my prescription, I had a chance to reflect on the broader use of shortsightedness. Of course, in business we often hear someone described as shortsighted when one has made a rushed decision that in the near term may have immediate benefits but over the long haul was viewed as a major mistake. I have seen it from both sides. The most common on the vendor side is when someone makes a decision that has a short term benefit. An example might be one where a supplier/contractor makes a huge profit on a one-off project (a short term gain) but in the process loses sight of the big picture, PRSM offers often facing a lost account and wonderful opportunities a major loss of revenue. And possibly worse still, the bond for self-development as of trust has been broken. well as opportunities As I sat in the waiting room, I started to think about how easy for you to increase your it is to become shortsighted in value to your employer. our careers. I am as guilty of this as anyone. I look back with some regret at having not taken certain opportunities to improve my skills or build upon my strengths and core competencies. Looking back, I used excuses such as “a heavy workload” as a reason to not take a training class or attend a networking event. Or, just as I was about to attend a seminar or class, I would cancel due to an emergency. At the end of the day, I was too shortsighted to realize what I was losing out on, or worse, how this could impact my employer. Let me set you straight on one thing: nobody is indispensable no matter how critical you believe that you are to your company or department. “ ” In the facilities world, we often pride ourselves on our ability to literally put out fires. A wise mentor of mine once shared the fact that some of the greatest arsonists are actually firefighters. Now, I am not saying or implying that my colleagues are arsonists, but I do believe that some become engrossed in the thrill of resolving issue after issue and fail to see or look at the big picture. It is no wonder that many of my colleagues complain that they are not seen as strategic by their internal business partners or vendors. Believe me, your company will carry on without you, and the fi res that need to be extinguished will continue, but they will be resolved even when you are not there. PRSM offers wonderful opportunities for self-development as well as opportunities for you to increase your value to your employer regardless of what side of the fence you are on. I can personally attest to having contributed significantly to my employer’s bottom line over the years, either through sharing best practices or learning about new technology or innovations in our industry. I have attended some R2R (Retailer to Retailer) events this year, and I always come away puzzled at the lack of attendance of my peers or the number of professionals who bow out at the last minute citing some emergency. The same applies to the conferences PRSM hosts twice a year. The educational sessions have improved so much that my biggest challenge is choosing which ones to attend. It is easy to get caught up in the moment and justify to oneself that you are not missing something because you deserve a sleep-in from the night before, but you are not only letting yourself down, you are also letting your employer down. Make a plan to get the most out of PRSM’s national conference. Yes you can have fun, but also look at what you can take back to your company in terms of resources and education. President's Message continued on page 77 8 I PROFESSIONAL RETAIL STORE MAINTENANCE I www.prsm.com http://www.prsm.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Professional Retail Store - March/April 2013

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN
NEW PRSM MEMBERS
THE RIGHT PROVIDER WITH THE RIGHT PROGRAM
COVER, COAT AND COLOR
THE DARK SIDE OF PARKING LOT LIGHTING
PROACTIVE ROOF MAINTENANCE
ENGAGE AT PRSM2013 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
MANAGING YOUR PARKING LOT PORTFOLIO
SUSTAINABLE RETAIL OPERATIONS OFFER RETAIL FACILITY MANAGERS A GREAT DEAL
FOODSERVICE ADDS COMPLEXITY TO PM SCHEDULES
SHEDDING LIGHT ON A COMPLEX LED TRANSITION
THE OMNI-SHOPPER AND THE STORE
SOURCING: HOW THE RFP PROCESS IS CHANGING FM TODAY
ADVERTISERS' INDEX
RETAILER PROFILE: U.S. CELLULAR

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