Time For A Beat The Bully Campaign in your HOA?


October 1 2016

OCTOBER has been designated National Bullying Prevention Month. Today happens to be the10th anniversary.
Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children. Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary for October’s National Bullying Prevention Month. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center started the campaign to bring awareness to bullying prevention.
Why not make this the first day of bringing this special recognition for anti-bullying to the world of homeowner associations and start a cause? Would you say Bullying is a serious problem in homeowner associations across the country?
I sure can attest to the fact that it is a prevailing problem in HOAS given the feedback and questions that receive after every newsletter or blog I do that touches on human conduct.
I am going to dedicate many of my blogs and the E-news this month to dealing with bullies. To start, I have discovered a great resource. It’s a book called TAKE THE BULLY BY THE HORNS by Sam Horn, an accomplished author among many other things. I heard her speak at a recent writers’ conference at Cuesta College yesterday and proceeded directly to the bookstore and picked up the book. I glanced through it and immediately decided, “this information will translate well into HOA SPEAK!”
The subtitle of the book is ” Stop Unethical, Uncooperative or Unpleasant People from Ruining Your Life.” Sound helpful?
What I like a lot about this book is it has not only good information, but actual exercises that help you understand the type (level)of bully that is before you, and active practices to deal with the bully. Understanding these things will help Directors and owners in HOAS deal with the bullies – all the bullies whether they be on owner, another director, or even a manager or attorney! I will walk you through the wisdom of identification and action with the help of Sam.
Over the course of the month I will be bringing salient points and exercises and actual stories to you. If you have a story you want to share (please do not use names) – and I would particularly like to hear some success stories, send them to me through the website at www.californiacondoguru.com. Stay tuned, and if you want to move even faster, get the book!



I have been a condo-homeowners association attorney for more than 24 years. I like helping people get their arms around their homeowner association problems and find a solution. A balanced attitude can go further to resolve issues than just about anything else.

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