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November 13, 2012
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Las Vegas' older developments struggle with maintenance
A city councilman in Henderson City, Nev., wants to help restore the luster of neighborhoods where roads, curbs, landscapes and walls have fallen into disrepair. Officials say the Green Valley community, which lacks an HOA, has a hard time motivating residents to maintain their properties. "You've got one side of the street that looks really nice and pristine, and this side of the street doesn't," councilman John Marz says. "... That's the difference between older developments and newer developments." Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/12) Share: Email
N.C. HOA allows residents to use dogs to drive away bears
A community in Black Mountain, N.C., will continue to allow residents to use hunting dogs to scare off bears, which have broken into more than 10 homes in search of food this year. The Laurel Ridge HOA is considering imposing fines upon property owners who don't take precautions against bears. Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (11/5) Share: Email
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Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management
Could leisurely lunches make your company more productive?
Firms that encourage workers to take their full lunch hour have an edge over rivals whose workers munch at their desks, says productivity consultant Tony Schwartz. Refreshed, well-fed workers are more creative and more energetic in their approach to tough problems, Schwartz explains. "Letting employees recharge at midday is a tremendous competitive advantage," he says. "Look at Google. Everyone goes to lunch there." CNNMoney/Fortune (11/8) Share: Email
Leaders should be willing to put their ego on the line
It's relatively easy to take risks when nothing personal is at stake, but sometimes putting your ego on the line is the most effective way to lead, writes Mary Jo Asmus. That means admitting to mistakes, being willing to listen to critical feedback and listening more than you talk. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/7) Share: Email
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Doing Good in the Community
Why bosses should stop trying to be right
Good leaders care less about being right than about figuring out what actually is right in any given situation, writes Art Petty. That implies a less authoritative approach to leadership, with bosses focusing less on imposing their will and more on soliciting opinions and perspectives before making decisions. "Effective leaders bite their tongues and ask before they tell," Petty writes. ArtPetty.com (11/4) Share: Email
5 ways you're driving your employees crazy
Even with the best of intentions, many bosses drive their workers absolutely crazy, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. To boost performance, leaders should stop using employees as idea guinea pigs and simply focus on removing irritants such as red tape, unclear expectations and time-wasting activities. "Employee engagement, motivation, and results are less about introducing new leadership behaviors and more about just stopping the stuff that makes employees crazy," Giulioni writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/5) Share: Email
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For the happiest life, rigorously plan your days, leave your nights open to chance."
-- Mignon McLaughlin,
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