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  • Saved By the Blog: Your Student Housing Conference Coverage

    For those of you who missed the 2014 NAA Student Housing Conference & Exposition last week in Las Vegas, not to worry—we have your coverage. I mean, you should worry a little—you missed an amazing conference, including some very photogenic General Session speakers, amazing breakout sessions and the general shenanigans that come with Vegas—but you’ll just have to rely on me until you can...
  • #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...

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