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It's Time to Confront the Issue

Wed, 2011-07-06 17:10 -- tomjonez

Often...the biggest challenges  - are the challenges that we face.

Whether is a financial matter, a difficult relationship, an unruly board member or, if we supervise people, a difficult employee.

The challenge is the same:  the issue or the person must be confronted.

While studying for a graduate entrance exam I was reviewing word definitions.  The preparation material compared words that sounded similar but had different meanings.  I will never forget one of those comparisons that read as follows:

To Confront: to face

To Affront: to offend

Congratulations to Dennis Trittin for a great Launch of Student Guide

Mon, 2011-06-27 22:14 -- tomjonez

Dennis Trittin launched his newest resource for educators this weekend in Seattle at a national convention for High School Guidance Counselors.  Plumbline Management was privileged to assist with the marketing campaign and production of the brochures for Trittin's "LifeSmart Publishing" course manual for high school educators. The Cover is pictured here.

For more information please contact us at Plumbline and we will connect you to Trittin and LifeSmart Publishing.

Negotiating Free Advice from Attorneys

Mon, 2011-06-27 10:39 -- tomjonez

Free advice from attorneys can actually be negotiated as part of an annual retainer agreement.  How? It's simple: Make an agreement with your general counsel attorney that you will use their services for a specific number of hours during a one-year period. Ask for a discount on the law firm's standard rates in exchange for this agreement. Then simply communicate that you will also be looking for, as an example, one hour free of charge for every 10 billable hours. Once agreed, you have both a discount on the standard rate and a number of free hours as well.

A Few Minutes on Minutes

The primary purpose of keeping board meeting minutes is to create an official record of the decisions that occur during a meeting. It is a good practice to write the minutes as if they were being published on the front page of the local newspaper.  For the most part, minutes should focus on recording decisions. Therefore, lengthy discussions can be noted as: “discussion followed.”  Good minutes include the following:

Knowing When to Be Careful...

Thu, 2011-06-23 10:22 -- tomjonez

In the digital age, we are wise to be conscious that blogs, web-posts, Twitter "tweets," web-site articles, and Facebook wall posts have a very long shelf-life. It has even been said that digital posts may be functionally permanent. As a result, we are wise to be careful to "watch our words." Leaders, Board Directors, Managers - one and all - can be caught short by a quick personal posting to a social media site.  It is far too easy to write something quickly that we may later regret. Yes, this is obvious; but far too often overlooked.

We Get What We Ask For...

Thu, 2011-06-23 10:19 -- tomjonez

We will get what we ask for… Or maybe we don’t get what we don’t ask for… Either way, approaching a relationship with a law Firm takes, initiative, confidence and the courage to ask for terms, time-frames and results that meet the needs we have. It is amazing how often we fail to simply ask for specifics when dealing with professional service providers.  Sadly, we let the provider set the terms, conditions and time-frames – much to our dismay and the dismay of the HOA’s we manage.

The Danger of Procrastination

Thu, 2011-06-23 10:18 -- tomjonez

OK, I was going to write this one a few weeks ago - but I kept putting it off… And that can be a costly practice.  When we have a legal issue, no matter how small, it is smart for us to get a legal opinion early on.  Putting it off can result in bigger problems down the road – problems that could have been avoided if we had sought professional counsel early on. The reasons to delay are many…saving money, embarrassment over the issue at hand, busy schedules, or simply procrastination.

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