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How Good Policy Enforcement Can Improve Your Community

Posted on Tuesday January 02, 2018

Your board took the time to create a vision for your community. You’ve gotten buy-in from your residents and crafted policies that support it. Now, how do you enforce those policies to ensure that the vision is supported?  

Does My Community Need a Clear Vision to Drive Policies and Compliance?

Posted on Friday December 08, 2017

As a board member, you want your community to grow and thrive. Having a vision for your community – the aesthetics of it, its brand reputation, the lifestyle services it offers and amenities it provides – is critical to its long-term growth and health. A well-crafted vision will transcend board and resident turnover and keep your community on track by helping your board craft the policies and procedures to support it. 

Add More Comfort and Joy to Your Holiday Season

Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. but that time can come with a lot of stress!  Don’t don your Scrooge hat just yet. Whether you live in a Buckhead high-rise or a Lake Lanier active adult community, it’s easy to infuse your entire community with some holiday spirit! We’ve also collected some guidelines to help make the holidays sweeter for others and to manage holiday décor in diverse communities. Everyone loves a party, and we’ve got some tips to make planning yours easier. When the work is shared, it’s easier for everyone to enjoy happy holidays.  

Too Many Packages? How Your High-Rise Can Manage the Holiday Rush

Posted on Thursday November 02, 2017

The holidays are almost here!  Online shopping has become a common way to find the perfect gift while saving time and money, and avoiding having to fight the crowds at the mall, all from the comfort of your couch. The biggest concern people have with online shopping is, of course, wondering, “Will it get there on time? Will it get there safely?”

How Can Our Association Board Avoid Common Mistakes?

Posted on Monday September 18, 2017

It takes dedication and commitment to your community to want to run for the board of your association. You want to help your community grow and thrive. Even the best-intentioned board members can make mistakes. Being forewarned is being forearmed. The mistakes that board members make the most often are ones that can be addressed quickly, or even avoided completely! Read on for some of the most common pitfalls and how to handle them. 

How Can We Establish Board Member Succession in Our Community?

Posted on Wednesday September 13, 2017

A critical part of a successful corporate strategy is to plan for the future and think about succession: Who will lead down the road? Who has the ability and willingness to step up when the time comes? To make sure a solid plan for succession is established, team members who have the potential to lead are identified and then groomed for future, higher-level positions. 

The Best Association Board Treasurers Have These Qualities

Posted on Thursday September 07, 2017

Your community association board members have a lot of responsibilities and serve many leadership functions. One of the most important responsibilities the board has is to maintain the financial health and stability of the association, and that falls largely on the board treasurer. Although the entire board makes decisions about budgeting, investments and other money matters, it often falls on the treasurer to analyze and understand financial statements, and explain them to the rest of the board. 

How to Be an Effective Association Board Secretary

Posted on Friday September 01, 2017

Every board of directors, whether for a Fortune 500 company or your community association, needs a great secretary. Boards are required, by law and by governing documents, to maintain certain records for the sake of transparency. The secretary is responsible for maintaining those records accurately, including meeting minutes, bylaws and membership records.

Eight Skills Community Association Board Presidents Should Master

Posted on Tuesday August 15, 2017

Are you considering volunteering to serve as the president of the board for your homeowner or condominium association? Before making that leap, we can offer you a picture of the range of tasks that the position entails. The good news is that the variety keeps the job interesting! 

Creating the Right Dynamics in Your Association Board Meetings

Posted on Tuesday August 01, 2017

The greatest strength of your board is the diverse perspectives of all of its members. Unfortunately, sometimes this can also present the biggest challenges in meetings. Creating and maintaining the right dynamics at those meetings will help your association board conduct business smoothly and efficiently. 

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