This week in Community Association Management, everyone was talking about gaps. The Generation gap, The gap between your accounting and management teams, the gap between documents you have to save and ones you can shred, and communication gaps. Let's close those gaps people! Learn how in this week's CAM Mashup.
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!
PHD in P.I.A’s and F.I.P’s
Tanoa strikes again with this spot-on blog post on how to deal with the Pain’s in the A_ _’s and the Former Important People within your communities. You can’t treat them like regular residents and they take a special sort of care to keep happy. But once you figure out the delicate balance, it will be smooth sailing for all!
Are Trees an Asset?
“Sure, they look pretty and they clean the air that we breathe, but how many of us ever stop to think of the trees within our condominiums, HOAs and other community associations as assets of the association? They don’t wear out or break down… or do they? They don’t ever need replacing… or do they? They aren’t an item on many Reserve Studies. How can it be that trees are assets?” Let’s take a deeper look.
Save or Shred?
You know that storage room full boxes with old HOA records you've been saving? Time to do some spring (ahem fall) cleaning. But what do you need to hang on to and what can you shred? This timely article walks you through what old records need to stay and what can go.
Everyone just wants to be heard! But there is a tactful way to make this happen while earning peoples respect. Check out these great tips and store them away for the next time you feel like you need to get your point across to someone.
“I missed the first generation gap where hippies were placing daisies in the rifles of the National Guard members. As a member of Generation X, however, I am here for the one that is now emerging in private residential communities around the country. Attend any condominium, cooperative or HOA Board or membership meeting and you are likely to sense some tension and considerably different perspectives which often fall along generational lines. A generational divide in terms of tastes, beliefs, politics and attitudes is usually harmless and occasionally comical but in a community association setting, the gap must be acknowledged in order to be overcome.”
Closing the Gap
"Sometimes it feels like you're both on either side of a canyon. The chasm yawns wide between you. You try to communicate but between the echo and the whistling of the wind, you cannot truly understand each other. Of course, you both want the same thing. But it's hard to meet in the middle when the very nature of your jobs pit you against each other. When the accounting team and the community managers in your organization are at odds, it's hard to run a successful management company." Let's take a look at how to close that gap.
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