Operate Intelligently Podcast

Operate Intelligently Podcast
By Dude Solutions
About this podcast
Dude Solutions (parent company of SchoolDude, FacilityDude and TheWorxHub brands), is proud to bring you the Operate Intelligently Podcast. Our host Bob "Papa Dude" Bittner takes a behind the scenes look at the wild world of facility operations management.
Episodes (Total: 57 / Page: 1)
Oct. 9, 2017 · 00:20:31
It’s National Energy Awareness Month, and Bob and Tony are excited to talk energy! Listen in to learn some small ways to save big on energy and utilities by focusing on awareness and behavior first. You’ll also learn what the color of the “black box” in planes actually is…the answer may surprise you.
Sept. 25, 2017 · 00:21:34
Today, Bob and Tony share their tips and tricks for budgeting and how to get buy-in from your organizational leaders for your projects and resource needs. Learn how to tell your unique budgeting story and align it to your organization’s mission to close the perception gap.
Sept. 11, 2017 · 00:20:41
Today, we’ve got a lot on our minds. It’s the 16th anniversary of 9/11, and we’re in the midst of Hurricane Harvey clean-up and bracing for Hurricane Irma. Bob and Tony talk about how to effectively prepare for a natural disaster and what you need to know and document after the event.
Aug. 14, 2017 · 00:20:27
Someone once said, “One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go and duct tape to make them stop.” On this episode, Bob and Tony share a little more history and interesting uses for these beloved products. Find out why they were created and how you can use them in everything from rockets to fishing lures. Email us at [email protected] with your duct tape or WD-40 uses or thoughts!
July 31, 2017 · 00:21:35
This week, Bob and Tony offer some tips and solutions for the skilled trade shortage, including virtual coaching, learning management systems, online manuals, and more to utilize technology and data to prevent equipment failure.
July 17, 2017 · 00:19:58
What do the moon landing and the skilled trade shortage have in common? Find out that and much more as Bob and Tony share their thoughts about dealing with contractors, investing in young people and using technology to prepare for/survive the silver tsunami.
July 3, 2017 · 00:20:05
We all know that our buildings and infrastructure aren’t getting any younger, so how do we best take care of them with limited resources? In Episode 51, we offer tips for using preventive maintenance and capital planning to care for aging facilities, while telling your building’s unique story through data. SHOW NOTES: Deferred Maintenance blog and whitepaper Determining the Economic Value of Preventive Maintenance Facility Condition Index
June 19, 2017 · 00:18:12
We are kicking our podcast back off for Episode 50 with the dynamic duo of Bob and Tony back in the studio! They talk about the main challenges facing facility departments today and what you should be considering when it comes to the retiring workforce, contractors, costs, new technology and more. SHOW NOTES: Facility Juggler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA5-GDGUBXA New technology: XOEye and Help Lightning Bridging the Gap infographic
Dec. 13, 2016 · 00:24:05
As much as we may have wished against it, winter is near once again.  No matter what kinds of conditions you may be expecting to face this year, the preparations you make now will have a definite impact on how successfully you and your organization can deal with the challenges.  In our latest podcast, we provide some handy tips, tricks and general planning guidelines that can help you get on top of winter before winter gets on top of you.
Nov. 17, 2016 · 00:24:35
Weather-related disasters can be among the most devastating situations any facility manager will face.  But like most unexpected events, being prepared is the biggest key to success.  In this podcast, Bob "Papa Dude" Bittner provides some simple but important tips to making sure your facility is ready in the event of an emergency.  
Jan. 19, 2016 · 00:16:44
Aaaaannnnnd, WE’RE BACK! Happy 2016, Dudecast listeners! Bob starts the year off by doing a 2015 year in review of The Dude and exciting things to come in 2016. He and Grace also chat about what our facility managers are most worried about and top things they are trying to accomplish this year. What does my budget look like? What should I be tracking more of this year? How do I start my never ending “to do” list? Join us as we tackle these topics in our first episode of the year!
Dec. 17, 2015 · 00:18:15
For our last podcast of the year, Ray and Bob wanted to address some of the biggest things that Facility Managers lose sleep over every night. Do you find yourself not having enough time in the day to handle all of your tasks? Do you have a hard time keeping up with the ever-changing trends and technologies? Has your budget been cut? And those are just a few...! Join us as we discuss how to take these issues head on and sleep like a baby in 2016!
Dec. 8, 2015 · 00:16:40
We are back this week to talk more about Customer Service and what that means to the facility maintenance professional. Ray and Bob talk about what it really means to take service to the next level in the day to day operations. How can you make a lasting impression on your “customers”? What are the little things that you can do that will drastically improve the way your team is perceived? When are you really DONE with a job? It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the everyday hectic that is a facility manager’s daily life, but taking a few moments to focus on the service aspect of the job can really make a difference. Take a few minutes to listen in and learn how to step up your service game!
Nov. 24, 2015 · 00:18:13
This week, Grace Tester is back in the studio talking about what it takes to deliver great customer service. Like it or not, facility managers have to be able to use these skills to make sure they are not only maintaining building operations, but that the requests received are treated in the best possible way. Are you really listening to what the problem is? Is your team properly communicating back to the person making a request? Do you know who your “customer “ is ? How do you deal with a situation “when the customer is not always right”? Grace shares insight from her years in the service industry and goes over the key traits to creating and maintaining a customer service organization. Take a few minutes to listen in…and remember that we will be taking a week away from the podcast while we are traveling for Thanksgiving, but will be back in 2 weeks!
Nov. 17, 2015 · 00:17:27
This week Bob and Ray K start thinking about what the holidays mean for a facility manager. How do you deal with shutting down a facility for 3-4 days? Who is on call? Have you prepped your buildings for no occupancy? Even if you are a 24/7 operation there are still things to think about when it comes to this time of year. Take a few minutes to listen in to start making your list and checking it twice!
Oct. 27, 2015 · 00:20:04
This week Bob and Ray K are talking about leadership. What does it mean to be a good leader? How do you look out for your team long term? Why do some managers fail in when given the chance to lead? How do you gain trust and respect from your team? Bob shares stories from his 20 plus years of experience and lays out a checklist of things to keep in mind when taking on that management role! Take a few minutes to listen in…
Oct. 13, 2015 · 00:22:00
We always love to have visitors and this week Mary Beth Ormiston joins Bob and Ray K in the studio to help remind all of our facility managers out there about ways to minimize risk as we move into winter. No matter what part of the country you are in, there will probably be some kind of preparation that goes into this change in season and sometimes we forget about the risk management side of things. Is your team properly trained for the upcoming preventive work? Have you gone over proper protocols and procedures that go along with it? What are some of the more risky jobs that we need to take care of? It may be risky business, but someone has to do it… Be sure to listen in and make sure you have dotted your i’s and crossed all of your t’s!
Oct. 6, 2015 · 00:17:05
Between day-to-day operations and unexpected emergencies, on-the-ground building managers have their plates full. But savvy facility managers understand that having a checklist in place can be crucial to avoiding more serious issues when the hard months of winter hit. Bob and Ray go through the top things to remember when getting ready for the colder weather! Do you have PMs in place for season change prep? Is your inventory stocked? Do you have your reliable snow shovel ready to go? Listen in for a few tips and tricks to stay ahead of the chill!
Sept. 29, 2015 · 00:18:19
Bob and Ray are continuing their conversation on change but this week they have brought in a special guest! Change Management expert Jack Spain joins us in the studio to share his knowledge on the subject and how facility managers can better prepare and deal with change as it happens. How does diversity in your team help the outcome? How do you deal with the “contrarians”? What part does the data play? Join us as we wrap up this discussion and really nail down the best ways to deal with the ever changing world of facility management.
Sept. 22, 2015 · 00:15:32
As the old saying goes, the only constant in the world is change. This is especially true in the maintenance and operations world. Technology, frequent regulatory changes, and a host of other changing factors ensure that nothing stays the same for too long. Bob and Ray talk change management in the studio this week. Is change really a four-letter word? What are the best practices when communicating to your team? How do you prepare for resistance? How do you get buy-in from every department? So, whether you are introducing a new technology or a new member to your team, take a few minutes to listen in and learn how to tackle change head on!