Meeting Minutes Matter™

Meeting Minutes Matter™

Victoria Cohen Nobody likes to take meeting minutes (or so I have been told). As an HOA Meeting Recorder and Parliamentarian, I take the meeting minutes for many associations. My method is easy and simple. Here are some steps that I hope you will find useful in taking proper minutes. Read More...
Is Your Business Too Competitive?

Is Your Business Too Competitive?

We all want to succeed, but sometimes we sabotage ourselves by the way we choose to do it. This is exactly what happens when — in the name of getting ahead - we are antagonistic in business.It might seem counter intuitive, but competition isn't always about grabbing the biggest share of the pie. More often than not, there are ways to make the pie bigger for everyone. My co-founder, Burke, told me a great story that applies well here. As a former HOA portfolio manager, he maintained a friendly relationship with another company that frequently competed with him for the same business. As they got to understand the other's business, they realized that they specialize in different areas. To this day they refer business to each other. Read More...
Trial and Error Policies

Trial and Error Policies

Burke Nielsen Homeowners who aren't happy with their HOA often cite inconsistent or changing policies as the reason. The fact is, it's tough to create rules and policies that are perfect. You have heard the cliche “the devil’s in the details” - well in the case of HOA policies and rules this couldn’t be more true. One of the primary responsibilities of the Board is to set policies and define rules to fit the unique character of their community... Here are a few common mistakes that boards should avoid when adopting policies and rules. Read More...
Social Media — Risk vs Reward

Social Media — Risk vs Reward

John Richards While HOA social media definitely has its rewards, there are many who perceive it as too big of a gamble. The drawbacks can be hard to quantify, but basically come down to the potential for misuse.From simple communication, to events, feedback and more, there's nothing like social media for building a sense of community and keeping everyone up to date. As long as membership is verified and secure, and the above considerations are put in place, there's no reason why social media can't be remarkably useful in your HOA. Read More...
Changing the Direction of Your Association

Changing the Direction of Your Association

Burke Nielsen Changing the direction of your HOA is kinda like turning the Titanic. Whether it's a change in policy or the change to the whole system, it takes time and you're going to hit some bumps along the way. Okay, maybe the Titanic is a bad example since it's sitting on the bottom of the ocean. But if you plan ahead and make the right moves the experience can be a positive one. As a manager I've had the opportunity to implement many kinds of change. Some went very well and some didn't. Hopefully this example of a change that took place a few years ago can help you in your next big change. Read More...

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