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  • We Want Candy

    M&M’s—the candy that melts in your mouth, not in your hand—are delightful. M&M’s—managers and meetings—are not. Let me back up a step before I’m asked to pack my belongings and turn in my key card. Managers and meetings are necessary components of most office environments. But as many lower-level employees can attest, it often seems like M&M’s require time that could otherwise be...
  • Property Management and the Lencioni Model

    For community managers who have a difficult time implementing onsite team-building exercises, consider coaching your team using a model illustrated by Patrick Lencioni, author of “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” The model is shaped like a pyramid, and explores several areas we must heed to as leaders of our organizations, beginning with a foundation built upon trust.Lencioni reasons that a...
  • “A” Is for “Are You Seriously Writing That”?

    “The Scarlet Letter” taught us all a thing or two. Namely, that members of the clergy also have desires. That, and the important lesson that one’s reputation can be quickly and irrevocably tarnished. If you’ve ever taken a gander at a high-school bathroom stall, you know as much to be true. Bless you, janitors.  According to Apartments.com’s James Watters, presenter of Feb. 26th’s Webinar...
  • All I Want For Christmas is Good Credit

    I traded in my identity for Mariah Carey’s 1994 Christmas album. After avoiding Target’s gravitational pull for a solid eight months, I made the fateful decision to step inside the retail vortex around mid-December. I just had to get my hands on “All I Want For Christmas Is You” in CD format.  Unfortunately, someone else had to get their hands on my credit card information. In the grand scheme of...

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