Bring order to your meetings

There are few complaints I hear more from volunteers than those regarding poorly run meetings. REALTORS® share their precious time when they volunteer. They want that time to be productive, so when board or committee meetings get derailed, or run over time, or fail to accomplish their objectives, it’s frustrating for everyone. Associations can dial … Continued

Videos focus on overcoming challenges, meeting goals

All of us encounter difficulties in our daily work and life. If you want to hear how others have met challenges, surmounted obstacles or achieved their goals, check out the Leadership podcasts posted to the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) website. Leaders in various fields talk about overcoming the difficulties they meet in their paths. … Continued

Do we really make a difference?

I was in a beautiful, small Ontario town attending a well organized, volunteer-based community event. One of our members, who had received some of our volunteer leadership development training, was on the Board of Directors of the local Chamber of Commerce. That member was no longer a volunteer on the local real estate board but … Continued

Things to think about in the new year

I once read that there are 3 kinds of people; 1) Those that make things happen 2) Those that watch things happen 3) And…those that say “what just happened”  Which one are you? If you are a Realtor and want to choose one of those 3 options, maybe you should consider volunteering on your local … Continued

A wake up call for meeting organizers

There are many times I have heard volunteers say after a meeting, “What a waste of time – we should have been finished an hour ago.” That should be a wake up call to all of us who organize meetings. Even comedian Milton Berle knew how painful meetings could be when he said,“A committee or … Continued

Take the time to talk about time

How many times have you heard an association president say to a potential volunteer, “Oh, this position won’t take much time.” I’ve been surveying experienced volunteers the last few weeks and the common theme has been that they were not told how much time their volunteer commitment would really take. In every case, it took … Continued

It’s easy to lead when the going is good

But what about when conflict rears its ugly head and you’re in the hot seat? That’s when leaders rely on their skills and principles to get them through. If you want to improve how you handle discord, you might want to apply the Principles for Leading through Conflict. We use these in our leadership course … Continued

Leadership 100 course now mobile compatible

We are delighted to announce that our popular online course On the Path to Leadership: Leadership 100 is now mobile compatible. If you’re on the road and find yourself with an hour or so to spare, you can learn about how associations work and what role you can play.  If you are a real estate association volunteer or are considering volunteering, grab … Continued

7 questions that lead boards to better decisions

One of the challenges that we see boards of directors struggle with is how to reach a consensus decision. As board members share their perspectives and insights, discussions can get bogged down in unimportant details or get derailed by one member’s personal agenda. To avoid these pitfalls try discussing these Group Decision Making Questions as … Continued

Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Giving Others a Chance

In the last few years, I have met volunteers who have served 10, 20 and even 30 years on their boards of directors. I’ve worked with several volunteer leaders who have served as president — on four separate occasions. These volunteers need to be applauded for their outstanding dedication and contribution. One of the reasons … Continued