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Small Board: Discover Mediation

June 1, 2010: 

by Howard Thomas

Like many of the other small association AEs sitting in the mediation program at the April AE Institute, I had heard of mediation for member disputes, but I didn’t know much about it.

Then Lynn Cohn, director of the program on negotiation and mediation at Northwestern University School of Law, opened my eyes to a better way to settle my members’ disputes, one that can save relationships and reputations, as well as time and money.

Law & Policy: A Win for Free Speech

June 1, 2010: 

by Ralph Holmen

Incorporated REALTOR® associations have a constitutional right to engage in political speech, according to a January 2010 Supreme Court decision. As a result, associations may distribute to the general public communications supporting or opposing political candidates. Previously, corporations, including incorporated associations and labor unions, had to form political action committees (PACs) funded solely by individual and voluntary contributions, in order to create and distribute these types of communications.

Click “OK” to Agree

March 1, 2010: 

by Katherine Raynolds

Did you read the 18 sections of the Facebook terms of service before joining? Probably not. Social networking platforms, Web-based e-mail, and other services, such as iTunes, Flickr, and YouTube, all have terms of service. And, for the most part, these terms are non-negotiable. If you want to use the service, you must agree to the terms.

What Cloud Computing Means to REALTOR® Associations

January 1, 2010: 

What if you never had to buy another software package for your association or another expensive server to store your electronic data? What if you never needed to hire IT consultants or pay an IT staff? What if your office was a streamlined, cable-free collection of laptops and iPads, requiring nothing more than Wi-Fi access to ensure complete productivity?

Contents Winter 2010

January 1, 2010: 

Relationships Built on Trust
Trust empowers talented AEs to take risks and make unconventional moves. So how do you gain the trust of your leadership and members? Veteran AEs offer advice.
By Masha Zager

Chair Report: Today’s new transparency.
By Dave Phillips, RCE, CAE, AEC Chair

Briefing: REALTOR® association news, events, people, and programs.
By Carolyn Schwaar

From the Field: Let’s all just get along.
By Alice Martin, RCE, CAE

Yes, Anyone Can Innovate

January 1, 2010: 

How can you meet more demands with fewer resources? Or adapt old offerings to serve new needs? Or use an existing organization to address a changing industry?

Think outside the box. Be creative. Innovate.