As I was walking my dogs, I noticed how dark it was. I was using a flashlight to make sure I didn’t trip and fall on the uneven pavement. It made me think about Daylight Savings Time and that in a couple of weeks it will get dark even earlier for those of us traveling […]
Driving home after dark recently I noticed a popular restaurant where half the lights in its sign were not illuminated. Were they were going out of business and didn’t have the money to buy lightbulbs, or did they just not care about the impression they were giving their customers? I believe that presentation is everything, […]
People enter the community association management profession from all backgrounds and education levels. Good customer service and time management skills are the bare minimums required. To establish credibility in this industry, I advise anyone seeking a manager position (or wanting to advance from receptionist to manager) to first obtain a certification. Certification requires taking a […]
Being elected as president to lead an association board is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Others are depending on you to steer the ship with integrity, keep it afloat and leave it in better condition than you found it. To be effective, I suggest you check your ego and personal agenda at the […]
So many people are currently on edge because of the uncertainty of the future. They also seem to be hypersensitive to criticism or being called out for wrongdoing. Where people were more forgiving at the beginning of the pandemic, they are now tiring of the whole situation and tempers are flaring. When disputes happen in […]
Joan Urbaniak is an author, blogger, educator, nonprofit management expert and Executive Director of Community Associations Institute-Greater Los Angeles Chapter. For more than 25 years she has provided resources and education to countless homeowners association boards of directors and their professional managers. Joan created this blog to share industry best practice tips she has learned over the years.