Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Waiting for Opportunity to Come Knocking? It Might Be Less Spontaneous Than You Think

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Waiting for Opportunity to Come Knocking? It Might Be Less Spontaneous Than You Think

Article excerpt

Dropping off a package at FedEx recently I stopped to chat. The always-friendly clerk mentioned that she'd come up with a new mantra for the year ahead: New opportunities, ideas and even new business can be found in the least expected places. We've all had our noses to the grindstone in 2011--and boy it's been a lot of work.

If you've ready to jump off the roller coaster ride and get down to business, here are a few strategies to get you started.

* HOLD A KICK-OFF MEETING:

I know it sounds improbable, but people really do forget. Yes, our people. Even if you've held what seems like ever-present budget meetings this past fall, holding a kick-off meeting again in the Spring can pay off. It's a great way to counter post-holiday malaise, remind your team what they are there for and discuss the goals for the property and your company. And don't forget to ask for their input! Sometimes your team comes up with the best ideas of all.

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* USE YOUR NETWORK:

You've worked hard to achieve your professional designation, managers, were used to networking. There's no time like the present to remind your favorite customers what you can do for them. As an I REM Member, the world is literally at your fingertips. You can call upon colleagues all over the world for ideas, expert advice, referrals and business.

* TRAIN YOUR TEAM:

Of course, the best opportunity means nothing unless you are prepared. Employees today want to feel like they are part of your team, and they want to know you're invested in them. …

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