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  • #WTHill: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

    Two things every Congressional staffer has done during their career: Drink at the Capitol Lounge and play in the Congressional softball league. Think of them as rites of passage. The Missouri delegation met every Tuesday in “our” corner; it just so happens that it was also 10-cent wing night. Purely a coincidence…There I was one Tuesday, out way longer than I should have been and feeling on top...
  • 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...

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