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Duty vs. Neighbors

Balancing Relationships with Responsibilities

Getting elected to the board of one’s co-op or condo building is usually a very positive thing: it gives a person the chance to play a part in the preservation of their community, and also gives them the opportunity to leave it in better shape than when they started. But great power comes with great responsibility that must be utilized properly. Board members can suddenly find themselves in tough spots when figuring out how to balance their status and fiduciary duty with relationships that may predate their position of authority.

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Ahead of the Game

Most of us like to view ourselves as upright citizens.  We pull over for ambulances and leave the handicapped parking spots for people who really need them.  We can’t imagine ourselves doing anything that might harm our friends or neighbors.  We know right from wrong.  But can we be so sure?  While it’s easy to see that stealing is wrong (and we have laws to enforce that), community association volunteers are far more likely to encounter smaller-scale ethical situations where there are no clear cut answers.  These everyday circumstances and events test their knowledge of community association ins and outs as much as their moral compasses and are usually grayer than black or white.

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