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  • It's Not About Being Right or Wrong

    Recently I’ve been noticing a larger than normal amount of questions in class regarding teamwork. Specifically about how the two main teams, the office and maintenance teams, on our properties function together. These questions are originating from maintenance technicians frustrated with the office staff, as well as leasing professionals frustrated with the maintenance staff. The solution I have...
  • Presidential Contenders Reflect Factions of Their Parties

    Apartment Industry Colleagues,In less than 20 months the next President of the United States will be sworn into office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Within the last month a number of aspirants for the highest office in the land have officially thrown their hats into the ring. A host of others are making strong signals that they will do the same. Currently, the GOP has a much wider field of...
  • Keep Your Friends Close, But Your Enemies Closer

    My oldest group of friends—the girls with whom I went to high school—are rather…competitive. Specifically with board games. During an incredibly intense round of Taboo, my one friend’s boyfriend snapped a wooden stool leg in half. They broke up shortly thereafter. Another friend’s husband removed his wedding ring during a similar disagreement. I’m happy to report they are still together. I’ve had...
  • A Beautiful Mess

    I have notes—both personal and professional—scrawled in a smattering of notebooks, on loose sheets of paper and the occasional napkin or two with no discernible sense of order. Things are written sideways, in different colors, circled, starred. It’s very “A Beautiful Mind” meets an ugly mess. Fortunately, I can use my profession as an excuse. “Can’t stop the flow of creativity!” Otherwise, I just...

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