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  • Get Out of My Face(book)

    If HR used brute force and accessed my personal Facebook page, they would learn the following things about me: 1. Sometimes I wish I were traveling and not in work. Oh, the humanity! 2. My source of news is People.com. 3. I frequently travel—and take pictures—with a one-inch plastic baby boy affectionately known as D Money. 4. Last week I accidentally zippered a piece of neck skin in my coat and...
  • Questions That Decide: Planning or Failing?

    When I was in high school I had an instructor whom often recited the line: "Those who fail to plan, plan to fail." This time of year on our properties those words ring true on an annual basis. Currently several places of the country are just leaving the coldest of the winter months. We are also well into the budget for 2013 which allows us to begin to implement some of the items that were set out...
  • Housing Inspections: The Brilliance of a No-Surprises Strategy

    I once had a boss who told me it was my job to make sure he was never surprised. I thought that was odd, but over time I realized it was brilliant… because nobody likes a bad surprise. When it comes to student housing inspections, it’s likely that nothing would surprise your team. But your inspection team is probably not your major concern. It’s your student residents—and their parents— that...
  • Darwin Didn’t Do His Homework

    Sometimes I wonder just how much mankind has actually evolved.  Take men, for example. Thirty-thousand years ago, Neanderthal dudes were beating large pieces of meat against cave walls, grunting commands to their lady friends and sharpening tools against their thick skulls. I don’t know if you’ve looked around lately, but today’s male species isn’t doing much better. Last week I saw a guy trying...

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