When Carol Van Gorp, RCE, CAE, CIPS, e-pro, CEO of the Columbia Board of REALTORS®, Mo., launched her blog in December, she said she’d give it a few weeks to see how it went. Four months later, it’s still going and filled with her observations, explanations, and analyses of association activities and local market happenings.
Boards and Blogs
At least a dozen REALTOR® associations with blogs believe the medium will help build a more informed, connected, and engaged membership. It may be too early to tell, though, whether REALTOR® association blogs can deliver on that promise.
8 Great REALTOR® Association Blogs
Learn who’s blogging, why, and what they’ve learned in these informative snapshots.
Chair Report: The Art of Engagement.
By Gary Clayton, AEC Chair
After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many communities in Louisiana found themselves taking a good, hard look at how they would rebuild and grow.
A nonprofit planning firm in Louisiana, the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), proposed developing model growth-management guide to help Louisiana communities encourage development that revitalizes neighborhoods, protects farmland and open space, keeps housing affordable, and provides predictable future development.
Of course, motivating members challenges your time and your talents. The good news is that resources are available that allow you to maximize both. And from my 11 years as a professional standards administrator, I’ve found education and creativity to be key tools.
Leadership in Challenging Times
Today, AEs say the qualities leaders need most are realism, decisiveness, and the ability to hold the team together.
By Masha Zager
5 Inspirational Association Presidents
Get to know five inspirational leaders who are making a difference among their fellow REALTORS®, bettering their communities, and improving their local marketplaces.
By Carolyn Schwaar
The Art of Leadership.
By Gary Clayton, AEC
Leadership is difficult to define. It might be easy to say, “I just know leadership talent when I see it,” which is how we often define leadership by our heroes. Whether your hero is Abraham Lincoln, your clergy, or your friends, it’s important to take time to list the traits you admire and apply these characteristics to your life, your work, and your volunteers.
Our ability to inspire future leaders in our membership not only comes from our own actions, but from providing members with opportunities to gain leadership qualities and principles.