How Differing Opinions Can Help the HOA Board

The HOA board is run by multiple people for a reason. Decisions should not be left to the sole discretion of a single leader. However, with several board members come several opinions on how things should be done. While this has the potential to cause tension, if everyone is respectful and open to working together to do what is in the best interest of the community, it can actually be beneficial for the HOA.

Differing opinions bring fresh ideas. It’s good to have multiple perspectives. When everyone does not think exactly the same way, it can bring about new ideas and ways of doing things. Someone may see an opportunity for improvement that others overlooked or never considered. These changes can help the board to operate more effectively and improve the function of the community.

Differing opinions lead to more thorough review. When someone pushes back or questions a decision, it can cause the group to look more carefully at the issue at hand. The board may gather additional information or compare other options. They may find that there is a better solution than they initially thought. The first idea is not always the best idea.

Differing opinions encourage discussion. When everyone agrees about everything, it can make decision making easier, but it can also leave a lot to be desired. Board members aren’t necessarily talking about the details of why they want to make a specific decision. Everyone else just thinks it sounds good and moves on. More robust discussion can ensure that the board is making well thought out decisions that align with the HOA’s mission, vision, and governing documents.

Differing opinions promote problem solving. When board members have different ideas about how things should be done, they must figure out how to come to an agreement. Members must work together, listen to one another, and be willing to compromise. Not every decision will be an easy one, but when the board has the ability to work through these challenges, it can help things to run more smoothly.

One of the most important things to remember is to always be respectful of one another. Board members should not take it personally when someone has an opinion that disagrees with their own. It is an opportunity to learn and consider new perspectives. Keeping an open mind and realizing that the best idea may not be your own and that there is more than one way to solve a problem can go a long way. Working with a skilled property manager can help the HOA stay on track, access valuable resources, and carry out decisions more effectively. Contact Kuester to learn more about how we can help.

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Bryan Kuester

Bryan Kuester

Bryan is the CEO of Kuester Management Group. He has over 15 years of managing community associations throughout North and South Carolina.

His specialties include Community Association Management - maintenance, budgeting for operational and reserve funding, long-range planning, covenant enforcement, amenity management, onsite management, large scale management.