The board is an essential part of managing an HOA, but wrangling a group of people with differing opinions can be challenging. This week's CAM Mash-Up is very board centered, from the kind of personalities that create success in a board to the best ways to communicate with the board members.
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. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!
Everyone loves a good personality quiz, finding out what type of cheese you would be or what kind of dog you should get based on your hair color. While these are fun, but hardly truthful - sometimes specific personality types do work better in certain situations, even on your board.
Help is On the Way
When making any big decisions it always helps to have a second opinion, if a resident is making alterations to their home the board can choose to hire their own architect giving them more of a voice in the matter. In addition to this, a peer of the original architect is useful to review the plans.
Playing With Fire?
As a representative of anything, you are held to a higher standard, which becomes increasingly difficult if you want to be active in social issues that frequently cause debate. However, as a board member there are ways you can show your support without being polarizing to your community. Because, everyone should be able to have their voices heard.
Read Before You Sign
It can be tempting to only skim over the fine print of a contract before signing, though we all know it isn't something you should do. In board contracts one thing to look over are any indemnification clauses. To indemnify someone is to compensate them for their loss even if caused by them. Here is a breakdown of the places you might see these clauses and how they should be handled.
Getting people to listen to you can be a huge problem if you aren't too outspoken, it can also be incredibly frustrating when you have great ideas. There are a few things you can do to make people hear you out without straining any vocal chords or relationships.
Do You Have Big News This Week?
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