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  • 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...
  • How to Keep Your Rockstar Employees

    You’ve just hired a rockstar employee—now you’re wondering how long you’ll be able to keep her. Competitive wages and benefits are not enough to ensure that your best and brightest rockstars will remain engaged. In fact, I bet you will find that when you interview your employees about what they value most at work, very few — if any — will say salary. Rather, employees are most likely to say...

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