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November 6, 2012
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Colo. HOA to use radar to check vehicles' speed
The homeowners association in Roxborough Park, Colo., is installing a laser radar system in the neighborhood to address speeding by drivers. However, some residents think such enforcement is beyond the association's scope of power, even though the community's streets are private property. KCNC-TV (Denver) (11/2) Share: Email
Trick-or-treaters need passes to get into Fla. community
The Indigo Lakes neighborhood in Florida's Collier County planned to welcome costume-wearing children and their families on Halloween this year, but only if they had passes to get into the gated community. Before the homeowners association established the invitation rule, thousands of trick-or-treaters flocked to Indigo Lakes each year, creating traffic jams and straining candy supplies. "We would run out of candy very quickly and you didn't know anybody. ... You have to think about the kids that live here," homeowner Naomi Leamon said. WBBH-TV (Fort Myers, Fla.) (10/30) Share: Email
Lawyer: Community managers can help HOA directors
It's essential for HOA directors to cooperate with community managers, lawyer Sara Barry writes. "Managers are not just trying to be hard noses when ... insisting that the board do or not do something," Barry writes. "... Most of them have years of experience and the board would be well served to ... listen to this experience and not discount it completely." Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/3) Share: Email
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Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management
There's more to a successful meeting than just doughnuts
Planning a successful meeting doesn't just mean buying doughnuts for everyone, writes Gwen Kuebler. Draft a written objective for the meeting to keep everyone on track, identify key stakeholders whom you'll need in attendance and be sure to set a realistic end time. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/26) Share: Email
Crisis-management tips from NYC's Bloomberg
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a master class in crisis management as Hurricane Sandy and its remnants hit the Big Apple, Scott Eblin writes. Bloomberg projected quiet confidence, was highly visible and was utterly consistent in his message. However, Bloomberg's pre-storm messaging, which at times downplayed the threat to New Yorkers, did come in for criticism. Level Blog (10/30), Gothamist (New York) (10/28) Share: Email
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Ethics and Professional Conduct
Half-measures are for losers, leader says
Real leadership stems from having absolute belief and passion in the things you do, KWL Enterprises CEO Kevin Liles says. Employees, too, should be allowed to take ownership of their spheres of activity, even if that means letting them make mistakes along the way. "It's not about having a share in something; it's about taking ownership of every single thing you do," Liles says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/27) Share: Email
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