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January 1, 2006: 

Summer. The word used to mean such great things to me . . . I remember my childhood in Northern Michigan—playing baseball, waterskiing, fishing and doing all the wonderful things that kids do. Great memories. Today, however, I find that my kids want my wife and I to create a list things for them to do—go to Water World (which is the equivalent of taking a swim with 16,500 other people), or to Six Flags Park or the mall.

Untapped Members

December 1, 2005: 

by Paul Beakley

Affiliate outreach: associations offer their affiliate members more than just exclusive access to their membership.

At a recent Realtor expo in San Diego, the most popular booth didn't feature a title company or a mortgage brokerage; it featured a plastic surgeon. The showroom floor was lined with booths for jewelers, dentists, carpet cleaners--the list goes on. Only association members were permitted to exhibit, so how did such a far-flung assembly of businesses find themselves members of the San Diego Association of Realtors ?

Parting Wisdom from Terry McDermott

October 1, 2005: 

As Terry McDermott closed in on his final months as NAR’s chief executive, he sat down with RAE magazine to share his thoughts on how association executives, association management, and the REALTOR® organization can be more successful in reaching out to members and improving the real estate industry.

Change Your Style: 11 Leadership Tips

September 1, 2005: 

By Lisa Walker & Norman Clark

"To transform an organization, one first must transform individuals. In an association, this may mean transforming yourself first."

Developing associations into leadership organizations takes more than reading an inspirational book or attending a high-powered seminar.

Organizational leadership requires that people move away from behaviors that stifle individual initiative and accountability and adopt behaviors that promote individual and group effectiveness.

Grow Rookies into Skillful REALTORS®

September 1, 2005: 

In the push to train the flood of new real estate licensees, associations and brokerages are forming a united front to get rookies up to speed.

Presidents’ Lessons of Change

September 1, 2005: 

By Julie Sturgeon & Carolyn Schwaar

Going from being a busy, successful Realtor® to being a busy, successful Realtor® elected to serve as president of a local association isn’t for the fainthearted.

Although most association presidents report that they walk into their volunteer position with eyes wide open, it still comes with its share of surprises. Here, Realtor® elected leaders share the lessons learned in their year as president and offer advice for the leaders of tomorrow.

Take the time to plan and learn