CAM Mash Up: This Week (January 08, 2017)

Posted by Brianna Sturm on January 8, 2017


Welcome back to the CAM Blog! We hope you had a very happy holiday season, and rang in the new year with a bang! This week, the CAM industry started off the new year with a look back to 2016. Whether it's conducting a performance review for your HOA, practicing transparent management, looking back over the influences that shaped 2016 or looking ahead to the top predictions for 2017, the CAM industry was highly introspective this week! Join us on the CAM Mashup for a look within 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

How did your HOA do this year?

“Lots of corporations conduct year-end reviews to evaluate the performance of the entity and those who operate it. They also do it as a way to set priorities for the next year. In this week's tip, we discuss if that's translatable to HOAs.” Check it out here!

The HOA Crystal Ball

“Happy 2017!  2016 is behind us with all of its craziness – Surprise election results, various Condo Association policy changes, Pokemon Go, Hatchimals – there was something for everyone.  One of the most interesting things in 2016 has been the impact of technology and public policy on Condo Associations.  There have been many changes that Associations will need to think about going forward.  With this in mind, here are my Condo Association predictions for 2017.

Learning From the Past

If there is one thing we can say about 2016, it was a helluva ride. On top of a highly charged political season, 2016 saw big and small changes all over the world. In 2016 we published over 100 blog posts for community association management professionals. As the new year begins, we take a look back at the 10 most influential articles of 2016. Did you catch all ten?

Team Leaders

“My philosophy is: if you want to lead; learn to follow. You must understand that just because you have the title of manager, you are not a leader. The only way you can lead is if your team will follow, the only way they will follow is if they trust you. The only way they will trust you is when you prove yourself to be trustworthy. Protect your team. Praise them often. Discipline whenever necessary. Apply the rules evenly. Be compassionate, understanding, available and generous.” Preach Tanoa!

Community Advertising

“The continuing trend to brand everything and carve out messaging on every available blank space has me thinking about the potential for advertisers to look inside private residential communities next. Many condominium and cooperative high-rises as well as large HOA communities already allow certain advertising activity such as cell phone towers and ads in their social directories and on in-house cable channels. Most of that activity, however, is relatively unobtrusive and does not raise any eyebrows. This could change if companies look next to large, private residential communities which contain hundreds or even thousands of residents along with the guests of those residents entering and exiting the community each day.  Can you imagine the potential for advertising, particularly in creative ways?” Tell us more, Donna!

Glass House Policy

“A truly effective and perceptive board understands the need to keep business transparent. This "glass house" style of management is difficult for some directors to deal with since it seems cumbersome and intrusive. In reality, running business transparently is largely symbolic. Doing business this way usually reduces unwanted intrusions. Once an open door policy is extended, the suspicion of what's going on behind closed doors subsides. Here are a few of the most important glass house practices.”

Shiny New TOPS Website

Wait, you haven't see our delicious new home on the web? Well what are you waiting for? Check it out here! And learn more about what's ahead for TOPS in 2017, in New Year, New Beginnings.


*Image credit: Reid Gilman via flickr