CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sep 21 - Sep 27, 2015)

Posted by Brianna Sturm on September 27, 2015

Budget season is upon us. That means it's time to explore new initiatives for your communities, consider hiring new people (possibly millenials?) and dealing with the 'Yeah, buts' from board members. Read all about it in the CAM Mashup: 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!

Green is Good For You

Going green is good for the environment and it wins brownie points with your homeowners. But it can also save you time, energy, and in some cases, you even get paid. Some communities have found a way to split from big energy by teaming up with other communities and pooling their resources into co-generation. Now that's a clever green solution!

Fortune Cookie Enforcement

When owners complain about HOAs, those complaints are almost always based on the CC&Rs and how the community enforces them. The most common complaint is that the CC&Rs are enforced inconsistently and some people are treated less fairly than others. How can you prevent a perception of trial and error policies?

Yabut...

You've been there. You offer a solution to the Board that can solve their current problem, and the board members say Yeah, but... Julie Adamen offers an insightful look into why board members get the yabuts, and how community association managers can sucessfully overcome and address the yabuts to effect change.

Budget Season

Who doesn’t just LOVE budget season? Oh, you don’t? Hmm, weird. Well, in that case I have the perfect article to help you get through this less than desirable task that you currently have at hand. Trust me, there are some great pointers here to help make the process move along more swimmingly. Enjoy and good luck to you!

Take it From a Millennial

As a millennial I can tell you first hand that we as a generation have gotten a bad rep within the work environment. We are often stereotyped as being selfish, self-centered and in need of instant gratification. I will admit, this can sometimes be very true. However, I would also beg to argue that we have some rather redeeming qualities in the workforce as well. Here are some reputable sources citing their favorite qualities of working with the millennial generation. Check it out!

Top Notch Customer Service

Improving your customer service might just be the leg up that your company needs to get ahead of the competition. Consider companies such as Zappos who are super stars when it comes to their stellar customer service. What are they doing so differently and obviously so well that you and the rest of us could learn from?   

Miscommunication

There's no excuse for poor communication in community association management. How many times have you been involved in an argument or a miscommunication of sorts whether it be in a personal or professional setting where you let your imagination run absolutely wild and allowed yourself to turn an mole hill into a mountain? We all do it. Every single one of us. But what if there were one simple phrase that could keep this from happening? Curious as to what that phrase might be? Find out here!

Not Enough Time? 

I am fairly certain we are all guilty of feeling like there just aren’t enough hours in a day. So many items to check off your to-do list and so little time to do so. We all have the same amount of minutes in each day, so why are some people so much better at managing that time? Find out 7 scientific based reasons you are falling behind on your to-dos.

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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