You are what you read

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager One common denominator I’ve found among the successful people I have had the privilege of meeting is that most of them are insatiable readers. Having said that, it seems that knowing what the people you are grooming for executive positions are reading is one indicator of the person’s potential. We are fortunate to live in a world where opportunities to read are everywhere: books, magazines, web-sites and newsletters. Everywhere we look there is som [...]

By | 2017-12-02T18:00:15+00:00 January 6th, 2015|All, Best Practices, Education, Human Resources, Management|2 Comments

Inspiring ideas to recharge your exhibition

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager What does it take to develop creative ideas? Sometimes it requires a trip back to the beginning and changing everything. In other instances it may require a small amount of tweaking of existing plans. Biz Bash’s Mitra Sorrells & Martha C. White wrote an interesting post titled, The 15 Most Innovative Meetings of 2014. Their list includes examples of not for profits and for profits events. Some of the ideas were: • Reducing the content and incre [...]

The value of the cloud for exhibitions

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager The cloud holds great promise for the exhibition world. From an organizers point of view, cloud computing allows them to offer such things as e-commerce, product portfolios and social architecture for each exhibition with relative ease. Cloud technology means that these same organizers do not have to spend the time and money creating these benefits on their own. The cloud makes life easier for organizers and therefore their exhibitors and visitors. [...]

UFI explores the challenges of Human Resources

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Cecilia Henningsson is the HR Director for Stockholmsmässan in Sweden. Prior to this, her HR career spanned 30 years with such companies as DHL, AGA/Linde, Sony Ericsson, Stockholm Theatre and BT Industries. Cecilia will be attending the upcoming UFI HR Event. I asked her if she thought there is a difference for the exhibition industry in the HR function. She immediately spoke about the need within the exhibition industry for a more proactive appro [...]

HR as a strategic business partner

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Andreas Graubner is the Vice President of HR at Deutsche Messe Hannover. He will be attending the upcoming UFI HR Symposium on December 10, in Paris France. Like many other participants Andreas recognizes the need to internationalise and diversify his HR initiatives. Like many HR professionals Andreas is a keen observer of the changes in his department particularily as they affect the exhibition industry. “The digital aspects of our shows,” Andreas [...]

Planning meaningful exhibitions – The first step

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager I was at my neighbourhood Starbucks and my attention was drawn to a sign posted on the wall. It was Starbuck’s mission statement which read, “Our mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighbourhood at a time.” Having articulated this lofty statement Starbucks can then go about planning all its activities that affect customers, suppliers and shareholders. That got me thinking about our industry. What is your [...]

The HR function for the exhibition industry

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager After twenty years in HR with Microsoft (France), Rozenn Le Berre switched her focus  from high tech to exhibitions and took a position with Comexposium.  Rozenn will be joining many of her exhibition industry HR colleages on December 10 at UFI’s first meeting exclusively for HR professionals. I was interested in uncovering some of the challenges that HR professionals in our industry face and what Rozenn hopes to learn. Here is part of our conversa [...]

By | 2017-12-02T18:00:15+00:00 December 2nd, 2014|All, Best Practices, Education, Human Resources, Management|0 Comments

Etiquette for Mobile Communications

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager “This message was sent from my I-phone which explains the spelling and grammar errors.” How many times have you seen something like this? I have to admit that I am among the guilty and have a similar message on my I-phone but that doesn’t make it right? In a recent post on Mashables, blogger Jillian Kumagai takes a serious look at the etiquette of sending mobile messages.  As with any form of communication there are definite do’s and don’ts that so [...]

Cost saving ideas for exhibitions

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Decreasing the cost of staging an event or exhibition is an age old challenge. Yet, often the result of cost cutting has a detrimental effect of the over look and feel of an exhibition. What are sometimes minor changes are notable by exhibitors and visitors alike. The challenge then is to find ways of cutting costs without jeopardizing the experience for your exhibitors and visitors. Blogger Mitra Sorrells posted eight guidelines on the BizBash blo [...]

Do Sports Metaphors Translate to The Management of Business Teams?

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Gerard Houllier is the Global Sporting Director for Red Bull Soccer, France. During his illustrious career he was also the head coach for many winning soccer teams. Houllier delivered the opening keynote at this year’s Congress in Bogotá, Columbia. During his presentation he revealed 11 of his 29 well-tested ingredients for managing successful teams. His eleven were: Goals – Well articulated goals give the team a common vision and philosophy. Work [...]

By | 2017-12-03T01:53:16+00:00 November 4th, 2014|All, Americas, Education, Human Resources, Management|0 Comments