One of the nicest things about residential communities is that they feature a diverse collection of personalities and opinions. Of course, this can also be one of the biggest challenges, particularly for association managers. In addition to their mountain of other responsibilities, community managers face the monumental task of keeping a melting pot of temperaments happy, all at the same time.
The ability to negotiate effectively is a key element in establishing successful and mutually-beneficial business deals. Without strong and strategic negotiation skills, whether it’s with potential business partners, vendors, customers, or even employees, you’re likely to come out of a meeting with a deal that only satisfies a fraction of what you wanted. While not everything in business can be done completely on your terms alone, insufficiencies can have rippling effects on your goals for business.
Internal business goals are dynamic. Strategy, time, data, and labor are poured into establishing achievable goals for an organization, whether it’s company-wide, departmental, or individual. Sometimes even with all the data on their side, companies don’t reach their goal within the projected timeframe. When this happens, it can be disappointing for everyone involved, but it should not be less motivating. In fact, missed goals are an opportunity for teams to leverage retrospective failures, shaping new goals and outlook.
When you’re ready to kick off a vendor-guided software implementation, one important question to ask is ‘who should be involved’. For every property management company and every software application the answer could vary. But for an ERP there are some key choices for an implementation team that can facilitate the experience and ensure ongoing success throughout the lifetime of the relationship.
According to research conducted by Gartner, 75% of all software implementations fail. A new software ERP that fails to go live means that the time and money invested into selecting a system was wasted and the process needs to begin again. It also leaves teams who were excited for the additional support in their roles disappointed.
Positive reinforcement is one of 4 kinds of operant conditioning, also known as instrumental conditioning – a form of behavioral psychology popularized by B.F. Skinner. In theory, operant conditioning is essentially a method of strategic reward and punishment to shape future behavior. The term “conditioning” itself can be alienating to many people, but in practice positive reinforcement is a system of validation that’s meaningful to people on the receiving end.
When hiring a new employee, a manager’s first consideration when handed a CV or resumé is to look at previous job experience to determine whether the candidate has the skillset or background knowledge to preform as expected. What’s sometimes overlooked is a candidate’s soft skills, but when ignored it’s quite possible that the opportunity to bring onboard a valuable member to the team is missed. Placing weight on soft skills can help your organization cultivate a team that is cooperative and productive.
The decentralized work environment has become somewhat of the norm for businesses across North America. While there are certainly perks to this flexible work set up, the psychological effects of long-term distance from colleagues in addition to a static environment has resulted in the increase of troubling feeling of isolation fatigue and loneliness.
Your business exists for two main purposes: to fill a customer need and to be profitable. As it turns out, these two goals can be attained collectively by investing into customer experience. Research confirms, time and time again, that organizations that have better customer service are profitable. A study conducted by Temkin Group found a moderate increase in customer experience warranted an average revenue increase of $823 million over 3 years for a company with an average $1 billion annual revenue.
The capitalization rate, sometimes referred to simply as the “cap rate,” is a concept that’s fundamental for anyone buying into real estate for commercial purposes. The cap rate is used in real estate investing to provide a clear ROI of properties. It’s typically depicted as a percentage and its value can vary over time.