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  • Je Ne Speak Francais

    The first day of my high school French II class, the teacher turned to me and said, “Comment allez-vous?” (Translation: How are you?) “J’em appelle Lauren,” I replied. (Translation: My name is Lauren.) The teacher seemed confused—most likely because I couldn’t understand the most basic French after a full year—and shook her head. “Comment allez-vous?” she repeated. “J’EM APPELLE LAUREN.” Cue...
  • The Time I Almost Saw Nancy Pelosi: Your Lobby Day Coverage

    The first time I participated in NAA’s Lobby Day, I arrived at the Capitol for a day of Senate and House meetings. I had absolutely no idea there were actual Senate and House buildings. I sort of assumed everything was conducted within the dome.  Yeah, I’m not really a political person. (And, in this case, perhaps not even an educated person.) The point is that if I, of all people, can have a...
  • 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...
  • All I Want For Christmas is Good Credit

    I traded in my identity for Mariah Carey’s 1994 Christmas album. After avoiding Target’s gravitational pull for a solid eight months, I made the fateful decision to step inside the retail vortex around mid-December. I just had to get my hands on “All I Want For Christmas Is You” in CD format.  Unfortunately, someone else had to get their hands on my credit card information. In the grand scheme of...

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