CAM Mash Up: This Week (March 26, 2017)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on March 26, 2017

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This week, we learned about a cool new app for communities, why moms make great managers, difficult homeowners, and shadow boards. Also, why taking a break is good for you, and changing your mindset. Read all about it this week in Community Association Management!

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!

Sprucing up for Spring

"You may have noticed trees starting to bud and flowers pushing through the dirt. And though temperatures have dropped again, spring is still just around the corner. Mid-March is a great time to start thinking ahead and making plans to spruce up the HOA community for warmer weather and more time spent outdoors." Check out this complete list of details you won't want to overlook! 

There's an App for That!

Even the simplest of things can become overwhelming at scale. Take watering your lawn, for example. In a single family home, it's NBD, but in a large community association, there are many more factors to consider, particularly if you want to conserve water - how much should you use? How frequently? What if it rains tomorrow? So we're loving this new app developed by an irrigation engineer (that's a thing?) over at Texas A&M called Water My Yard.

Moms as Managers

The CAM Management industry is facing a crisis - More and more communities need to be managed, but there are a finite number of qualified managers. Where can a management company go looking for new blood? The community itself, of course! Find out why moms re-entering the workforce are perfectly suited to community association management.

Nothing Behind the Curtain

"There is an unspoken source of political power in some common interest communities that may not be well known to many community managers or residents… until now. What’s that? Yes. It is a “shadow board”. A shadow board has real political power. They are not elected by the membership, yet they exert their power with great secrecy, skill and frequency."

Difficult Homeowners

"At some point, every community will face conflict and difficult people. When this occurs, remember that patience and communication always prevail. By managing your reactions, listening and asking the right questions, your community and board will come to a resolution. The first way to deal with conflict is to understand the different types of behavior used by difficult people. Here’s a quick overview.

Take a Break

This article takes a look at the science behind a phenomenon that I already knew to be true. When I am slaving away on a project, hour after hour of focusing and concentration on one subject, I can feel my creative juices go stagnant. But as soon as I simply walk into the kitchen to grab a glass of water, new ideas start to flow. Ideas that I worked so hard to find when I was in a state of deep concentration and then, the moment I allow my mind to relax, BAM, there it is! The solution I was searching for all along just appears.

Get Your Mindset in Check 

"The mindset that you bring to your work and your personal life is both a reflector and a generator of your resolutions and results. Regardless of your unanticipated outcomes, you’re “the boss”. You can call yourself “The Captain of Your Own Destiny” or the “Producer of Your Own Movie”. Any way you express it, we are all a product of the kind of energy we exude and where we focus our attention." 

 

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