CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 2 - Dec 8)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on December 3, 2018

Here's a quick rundown of all of the happenings in the CAM industry in this week's CAM Mashup!

Seasons of Change

As we creep closer and closer to the new year, it's time to start thinking about the 'new you' and all of the changes coming up. 

Sometimes, that change is good all around--like changing the way you approach your work. A lot of work is centered around task completion: is the budget done? Have violations been followed up on? Did you call back that homeowner who's streetlight went out last week? It's all about what you have and haven't done, and that can be a daunting approach to work. Zen Habits instead suggests setting goals, and creating an intentional plan for working within those goals. See if this method is a change to consider in your new year.

Sometimes, that change is practical. We've always been huge proponents of Going Green--we built an unlimited storage space for documentation into TOPS [ONE] for that reason! And any changes that can be made to be more energy efficient is always a step in the right direction. Habitat has tips to cut down energy costs (and energy usage) by 20%.

Sometimes, that change is difficult. Realty Times writes about the "Mushroom Meeting" method: “Keep them in the dark and feed them manure.” That's not a good method. While there are well-intentioned reasons for playing cards close to the chest, you tend to foster lack of trust by keeping people out of the loop until a major emergency occurs. Making a few changes to the way meetings are held can be the difference between suspicion and trust--see what they suggest about conducting meetings, and the kinds of changes you could make to your meetings in the future. 

And sometimes, that change is bittersweet. TOPS lost a great one last week! Our IT guy/handy man/jack-of-all-trades abandoned us! And as happy as we are for him and his new opportunity, we miss him dearly. Almost every morning when I'd come into the office, he'd be in the kitchen making his coffee, and we'd have a quick chat and catch up. It was strange this morning not carrying on that unintentional tradition. But employee turnover happens, and sometimes that means losing a fan favorite in the office. How do you handle that bombshell? Harvard Business Review suggests tackling it head-on by championing the parade of goodbyes, plus a few other helpful tips.

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, or email and share a link to your news with us for inclusion in the next mash-up!

About the CAM Mash-up: 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!

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