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Essential Board Member Skills: Listen More, Talk Less

Posted by Lance Govang on Feb 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When I was asked which skill was most essential for board members, I had an immediate consideration for one I thought they should definitely master: listening. However, as a matter of routine, I did a straw poll of some of my managers and asked them the same question. Some of the skills they suggested were:


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Topics: Community Living, board member skills

6 Essential Skills Board Members Should Master

Posted by Staff Writer on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you’ve chosen to dedicate valuable time to serving as a board member, giving the job your best effort may require you to refine certain skills or learn new ones. But between your limited time, big buzzwords and best practices, it can be hard to figure out exactly which skills you should cultivate to make an impact in your community. To find out which ones are most important to master, we reached out to our leaders from across globe to identify the most essential skills board members need in order to be successful. Read their responses below.


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Topics: board members, Community Living, board member skills

New Board Member? Here's What to Expect in Your Orientation Training

Posted by Dawn Osterode, CMCA®, AMS®, PCAM® on Jan 31, 2017 1:21:28 PM

The beginning of a year signals many things but in many community associations, it signifies the start of a new relationship with recently elected board members. Volunteering to serve your community in the capacity of an elected board member is exciting but it can also be a bit intimidating. The new responsibility can feel like a heavy weight on your shoulders or lead to a feeling of being stranded and alone in your crusade to make your community a better place. Luckily, if your community is managed by a community management company, you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a network of seasoned professionals that will support and guide you through comprehensive orientation training.


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5 Key Items to Review in a D&O (And Why You Need One Even If Your Community Gets Along)

Posted by Bo Bond, CIRMS on Jan 30, 2017 1:09:34 PM

Every community needs directors and officers liability insurance protection which, for association boards, is insurance that covers board members and possibly people acting as extensions of the board for legal costs incurred from being sued.


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Topics: education, Industry, Community Living

Partner Post: Hard to Kill Houseplants that Add Green to Any Space

Posted by Costa Farms on Jan 27, 2017 3:47:44 PM

Live plants easily transform your home or office into a welcoming space alive with natural beauty. If you fear your thumb isn’t green enough to enjoy happy plants, I have some good news: It doesn’t take superhuman powers to keep indoor greenery thriving.


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