Published February 2019
Florida Community Association Professionals’ (FCAP) training is offered on two levels. Level one consists of courses meeting Florida’s continuing education requirements for CAMs, and level two is the Florida Advanced CAM Studies (FACS) course. For further information about the more than 50 online continuing education classes available or to pursue the Certified Florida Community Association Manager (CFCAM) designation, please visit www.fcapgroup.com/membership/education-training/.
Marcy L. Kravit, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, CFCAM
AKAM ON-SITE Managing Director
FCAP Education and Training Coordinator
Question: How can I obtain the assistance I need with my association’s tasks in getting things done?
Answer: Managers have the ability to build a strong team and count on an array of talented and skilled people to call on to get the job done. Good managers can delegate effectively and can truly succeed at it through proper delegation. It is critical that in our role as managers we have the ability to communicate new assignments and tasks to our team and or committees. We must communicate and present specific directions, deadlines, and/or timelines.
Carol Ellis, in the book Management Skills for New Managers, states the value of successful delegation: “Managers who delegate effectively have direct reports who are more capable and enthusiastic because of the delegation experience. A good manager knows that delegation is the way to achieve results through others.”
Stick to a plan for following up and following through on the employee’s performance. Timing is critical. Give the employee a timeframe for getting the job done is essential. Deadlines will assist in monitoring their progress.
Explain why you need the help and why you have chosen this team member. Identify the scope, expectations, goals, and importance of the task. Be specific as to what you are asking and what you are expecting.
Discuss how and why it needs to be done for a successful outcome. Seek a full commitment and “buy-in.”
Note the benefits and why you need their assistance. Request that the individuals meet with you periodically and report on their progress.
Encourage team spirit, follow up, and feedback. If you cannot control it, do not delegate it!
Make sure to transfer your authority if you are assigning tasks that you would usually perform yourself. Identify to your board of directors that you have authorized a team member or committee members to request or collect information. Send an email to the individuals whom you wish to assign the tasks, copy the board, and include it in your weekly management report for everyone to be on the same page. Once completed, recognize the individual’s accomplishments and include a photo of them in your report and/or newsletter!
An association’s most valuable resource is its people. By empowering the people and the individuals who perform delegated jobs with the authority to manage those jobs, managers free themselves to manage more effectively.
Keep in mind that some tasks do not necessarily involve the employees and may be delegated to an association’s
committee. Communities that have established committees may wish to participate and take on certain tasks that have been assigned by the board. Be sure to communicate with them and request that they provide a report or summary of their tasks.
For instance, if the association is seeking to remodel the lobby or perform renovations, request that the Design, Beautification, or Decorating Committee research neighboring associations and schedule visits to those buildings that recently performed renovations. This will assist you in getting their “buy-in” and facilitate the task.
Many attitudes and beliefs of managers affect their ability to delegate effectively. Which of these apply to you?
Ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered yes to at least 2 out of the 4 questions, then you may wish to consider delegating the task.
It is impossible for managers to be everywhere in a community and to oversee every aspect of the association. We are tasked with so many responsibilities and are approached on a daily basis with new ideas, projects, and assignments.
Decide when and what to delegate. Take the initiative and assign the task. For successful delegation, you will need to understand how to get your team members to perform and take pride in following through with the task. Think of tasks that will add variety and excitement to the employee’s job.
Carefully select the right team member whose skills are matched with the needs of the task. Assess the employee’s capabilities and potential.
Define and outline the objectives in order for that person to have a sense of ownership. These challenges will also develop future leaders and maximize the talents and potential of your team members.
For example, here are some suggested assignments:
Provide support to the team members and build motivation. Is the team member challenged? Ask your team members what they would like to take on in the future. The better the match between the delegated task and the employee’s strengths and interests, the more likely the task will get done. Focus on the end result.
Delegation encourages self-esteem. Be receptive to new ideas. Review the final outcome of the assignment and provide constructive ideas and positive feedback. Delegating is a great way to get things done. Improving your coaching and mentoring skills while developing and motivating your team will result in greater productivity and performance for your community!
I hope this note finds you well! I have a question as I don’t understand the phrase “documents are silent.” Is there a simple definition? Thank you!
When the documents are silent, it simply means they do not speak to or address a particular topic. In that case, you would use whatever the statutes say. For instance, if your bylaws do not say what the vote of the owners is to amend itself, the statute says what the vote of the membership should be to pass an amendment.
Our HOA is having a problem with homeowners not wanting to sign a form stating that to be a candidate for the board, they must have read both the condominium documents and Statute 718. I know they have 90 days after they are elected to read these. We’re being told by homeowners that there is no such law. Please clarify.
Here is the language from Chapter 718—it reads the same for Chapter 720 and Chapter 719. A candidate does not have to sign it in order to run for the board, but he or she does have to take a class or self-certify within 90 days of the election or appointment. The self-certification form does not have the signer attest to having read Chapter 718.
718.112(2)(4)(d) b. Within 90 days after being elected or appointed to the board of an association of a residential condominium, each newly elected or appointed director shall certify in writing to the secretary of the association that he or she has read the association’s declaration of condominium, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and current written policies; that he or she will work to uphold such documents and policies to the best of his or her ability; and that he or she will faithfully discharge his or her fiduciary responsibility to the association’s members. In lieu of this written certification, within 90 days after being elected or appointed to the board, the newly elected or appointed director may submit a certificate of having satisfactorily completed the educational curriculum administered by a division-approved condominium education provider within 1 year before or 90 days after the date of election or appointment. The written certification or educational certificate is valid and does not have to be resubmitted as long as the director serves on the board without interruption. A director of an association of a residential condominium who fails to timely file the written certification or educational certificate is suspended from service on the board until he or she complies with this sub-subparagraph. The board may temporarily fill the vacancy during the period of suspension. The secretary shall cause the association to retain a director’s written certification or educational certificate for inspection by the members for 5 years after a director’s election or the duration of the director’s uninterrupted tenure, whichever is longer. Failure to have such written certification or educational certificate on file does not affect the validity of any board action.
We are an approved provider of the Florida Board Certification Course and offer it in St. Augustine, Leesburg, and Bradenton. You can check the website Class Calendar for dates and locations. It can also be purchased at our website store as self-study. -Betsy
Our community has had three sinkholes open in an adjacent neighborhood that have caused a large volume of water from that neighborhood’s stormwater retention area to drain through the sinkhole and under our homes adjacent to this area. The issue only affects a few homes in part of our subdivision. The city says this is a civil matter because the sinkhole is on private property. Is this an issue to be addressed by our HOA board or by the individual homeowners affected by the issue?
As always, thank you for your expertise!
I would think it is an issue for both the HOA and the affected homeowners. Both insurance companies should be alerted, and you should consider consulting an attorney.
What are two or three issues facing community association managers in 2019?
One of the primary challenges that CAMs are facing more than ever is that the industry is becoming more heavily regulated each year. Obviously, this can be progressive for community associations because stricter regulations can fuel consistency in the application of laws and declaratory requirements. However, these increasing regulations also enhance accountability for CAMs. So, CAMs are tasked with remaining attentive to evolving statutes and modern business practices.
Why did you decide to become a CAM?
I was intrigued by the diversity that being a CAM has to offer. By working in the community association industry, you have the opportunity to interact with various professions such as attorneys, accountants, engineers, architects, developers, realtors, business owners, etc. I find it very stimulating being exposed to so many areas within the business world.
What led to your decision to pursue the CFCAM designation?
I enjoy being a student and the process of building knowledge. Broadening my knowledge within the community association industry provides me the tools to better serve our customers and be a more productive member of our team.
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing other members on my team achieve their career goals. Whether those goals are to attain certifications within the industry, achieve promotions, or become better leaders for their community associations, those are all very rewarding for me.
Who has been your biggest influence and why?
I have been fortunate to have many mentors who have inspired me throughout my career. However, if I had to narrow it down to a single person who has influenced me the most throughout my life, it would be my late grandfather. He was a great leader, loyal husband, and loving father. His example has been instrumental for me throughout my life and has motivated me tremendously throughout my career.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy spending my free time with my wife (Jessica) and two sons (Gavin and Bowen). We enjoy a fun day playing or watching football, swimming in the pool, or spending a day at the park.
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