CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 12-16, 2013)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on August 16, 2013

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As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. At the TOPS CAM Blog, we couldn't agree more with that idea! (You smart manager, you!) So we've compiled some of our favorite reads of the week and brought them all together into one convenient place! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and feel free to share!

A simple rule to eliminate useless meetings

It’s hard to imagine how deliberately adding 10 minutes of silence to your meeting agenda could be a good thing, but that’s what the CEO of LinkedIn advocated for this week.  While this tip could apply to any organization, I think in community management more than any other industry, we are sensitive to wasted meeting time, and that’s why this tip is so powerful.

Is it unlawful to deny the unwed property ownership?

An article published in CBS Tampa Bay raised quite the discussion within the CAI group on LinkedIn. Is it actually legal for a Florida Association to deny property sales to an unwed couple? Be sure to read through the discussion - about halfway down it gets really interesting when one poster points out that the discrimination claims can go both ways:

"I can just as easily see a claim made by owners trying to sell their property that the association's restriction constitutes an unreasonable restraint on alienation. After all, the pool of eligible purchasers is much smaller once you take unmarried couples out of the equation." (The plot thickens!)

How can you tell if your road contractor is taking shortcuts?

Also over on the CAI group on LinkedIn, there is a short post with some concrete (no pun intended) tips on how to weed out dishonest contractors based on the specific wording they use on their bids. Although it was short, what I liked about this list is the explanation of the terminologies being used so you can better compare apples to apples when evaluating bids.

Increase compliance by communicating the rules before they get broken

Check out this great ‘tip within a tip’ video from WOW Network in Ontario. The main tip about communicating to increase compliance is great, but I especially loved the concrete application of it with the memorable slogan: “Stop and Think - Not Down the Sink” (how clever is that sign? I want one for my condo!)

A welcome change - positive feedback for associations

How refreshing is it to see government giving positive support to community associations? For Associations in James City County in Virginia, the new “Good Neighbor Environment” matching grant program rewards associations who are good neighbors. Keep up the good work!

Your vendors are really your business partners

In her monthly newsletter, Julie Adamen makes a case for rethinking the way you think about your vendors. Are you collaborating with them, are they more than a disposable asset? Changing the label in your head from ‘Vendor’ to ‘Business Partner’ can help change how you think about them, and better leverage their services.

Do You Have Big News This Week?

If you've got big news that would be relevant to other CAM professionals, please share it with us in the comments below!


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