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It’s Budget Season!

Most associations have about ready to start creating the 2013 budget and as this article from the Chicago Tribune indicates budgeting isn’t just about increasing things across the board or refusing to increase assessments at all — it’s about a thoughtful process. 

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If You Fail to Plan, You Plan To Fail

“If You Fail to Plan, You Plan To Fail”

You may have heard the saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This statement especially applies to community associations because of the high levels of knowledge and expertise required to perform the required duties of the association. Board and committee members volunteer their personal time to serve the association, and management tools are imperative to meet the goals of the community as expeditiously and productively as possible. An annual operating plan will assist in accomplishing these goals.

An annual operating plan for the coming year is a schedule of events and responsibilities that defines and describes actions to be completed in order to accomplish the goals and objectives. The operating plan ensures that all involved know what needs to be completed, defines the timeline for actions and allows for monitoring as well as a proactive approach to managing the community.

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Lead the Way

What makes a good leader?  That’s hard to say.  Certainly, Community association Board presidents need to be organized.  They have to be willing to sacrifice some of their free time for Board business.  But they also must be able to move others to work toward a common goal – for free, of course.  For that, they need passion and vision.

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