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February 19, 2013
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Texas HOAs rally for legislative support
Texas homeowners and business owners are seeking legislation to allow HOAs to borrow more money in order to protect property values and more tools to deal with foreclosures. "Allowing more flexibility for a condo association to borrow money for items such as major repairs [helps] keep property values high for owners," said Judi Phares, chairwoman of Texas Community Association Advocates. American City Business Journals/Austin, Texas/ABJ @ The Capitol blog (2/13) Share: Email
Opinion: Florida bill would undercut HOA participation
A bill in the Florida Senate would require HOAs to follow the same regulations as condo associations, mobile homes and time shares, requiring more complex voting procedures and supervision by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Beth Kassab writes that the rules would diminish participation in HOAs, an issue many neighborhoods already struggle with. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (2/11) Share: Email
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Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management
5 keys to building a front-line-focused organization
Senior leaders who are committed to a front-line-focused organization must establish a vision that puts customers first, respect and encourage insight from front-line employees, and "obsess over talent," among other steps, write Noel M. Tichy and Chris DeRose in this book excerpt. Executives "must imagine what the ideal customer interaction will look like and ask where breakdowns may occur throughout the process, from generating customer awareness to building post-sale relationships," they write. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/12) Share: Email
Why too much of a good thing is bad for leadership
Even positive traits such as confidence can be problematic if they become excessive, writes Samuel Bacharach, director of Cornell University's Institute of Workplace Studies. "[W]hen a leader has an excess of confidence, it generally means he or she also has a surfeit of ego," he writes. Similarly, a determined leader may run into trouble if he or she refuses to make adjustments. Inc. online (free registration) (2/11) Share: Email
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Doing Good in the Community
Homeowners association to use car decals to prevent crime
Police in Charlotte, N.C., and the Madison Park Homeowners Association teamed up to distribute car decals to residents after a spate of burglaries. Neighbors are encouraged to report suspicious behavior, especially if it includes a non-decaled vehicle. "Hopefully [with the decals] coming from us and the police, they'll use it, because it really will help," says Martin Doss, the HOA's president. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (2/16) Share: Email
Ethics and Professional Conduct
Why you should try to keep talented workers from leaving
Some employers see their workers as replaceable, but Amy Rees Anderson argues that this is not always true. The most talented workers are more important to a company's success than its technology or products, she writes. Replacing a great worker is costly and creates a gap in institutional knowledge, and the worker's departure could cause other employees and clients to wonder what went wrong. Forbes (2/13) Share: Email
SmartQuote
Everything that lives, lives not alone, nor for itself."
-- William Blake,
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