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9 Tips for a Proactive Approach to Condominium Governance

by Anita Byer, President - The Human Equation on 9/4/2012
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It is virtually impossible to be effective at Condominium Governance when attention is diverted to 'problem' incidences that require significant resources to resolve. For this reason, proactive Governance is essential to effective Board Leadership and the peaceful coexistence of residents within a community association.

The following tips are a 'must read' for Board Members who want to limit conflict and enjoy their lives as community leaders:

  1. Know the Association’s Bylaws: It’s impossible for a board member to effectively interpret and enforce the bylaws without knowing them inside and out.
  2. Know Applicable Laws and Regulations: Understanding the legal requirements regarding quorums, voting procedures, notice requirements, financial statements—just to name a few—is a prerequisite to successfully governing a condominium community.
  3. Never Act Impulsively: Board members should never make important decisions when they are upset, emotional or hurried. Slow down, get into the right frame of mind and objectively consider all the relevant information before taking action.
  4. Investigate: If an investigation is needed to understand an issue, then conduct an investigation.
  5. Avoid Turf Wars: Focusing on what is best for the condominium association means ignoring any personal agendas, disputes or political games.
  6. Don’t Get Drunk on Power: Board members serve the members of their condominium community, they do not rule them.
  7. Admit Ignorance: If you don’t know, ask someone who does know for advice, including licensed professionals (like us :D).
  8. Don’t Seek Personal Gain: Board members owe a duty of loyalty to the condominium association. Seeking favors or kickbacks is a no-no.
  9. Stay Engaged: Missing meetings and simply following the lead of others is not enough. Board members need to actively participate in the process.

If you have any questions about the information contained in this article, or if you would like to discuss how we can serve you and your association, please contact us.

The Human Equation prepares all risk management and insurance content with the professional guidance of Setnor Byer Insurance and Risk.

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