Thoughts on Leadership: Effective Leadership in Challenging Times

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me at home, just as you are. And while we’re at home we can still work diligently on creating better versions of ourselves and honing our abilities to lead. I’ve been listening to a great book, “The Leadership Challenge” by James M. Kouzes (Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University) and Barry Z. Posner (Dean of Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University). The book is now in its sixth edition and the book is so good that every time a new edition came out, I started from the beginning and re-listened to it. In fact, the ideas put forth by Kouzes and Posner about effective leadership during challenging times have never been more applicable.

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2020 National REthink Council Membership Bio’s

Introducing ~ Jared Dunn with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty in Lenexa, KSJared_Circle2(BW)Jared was born and raised in the Kansas City area and started his career working for various marketing and advertising firms around town. His extensive background in this creative field provided the ideal foundation for becoming a real estate agent, but he wouldn’t connect the dots for another decade.DSC03675

Jared Dunn (left) at the national REthink Council Meeting in January 2020

Fueled by creativity and problem-solving, real estate was a natural draw for Jared and he started his career in 2015.khara-woods-KR84RpMCb0w-unsplash

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Jared is well known in his area due to his unique skill set. He prides himself on new and creative ideas that test the limits of traditional real estate.

2020 National REthink Council Membership Bio’s

Introducing ~ Ashley Blackmore with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Western Colorado Properties in Durango, CO


Ashley is a born and raised local to Durango, a small town in Southwest Colorado.


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She specializes in in-depth analytical data marketing and integrative online strategy to move some of the hard to sell listings in the area. Often, her listings have been on the market for years.

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Ashley believes in selling the lifestyle vs. stagnate imagery.

Thoughts on Leadership: Leading through Uncertainty

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me exactly where you are – home, in virtual meetings and conference calls as we take the current situation with COVID-19 one step at a time, one day at a time and as a collective, working together to find solutions for a brighter tomorrow.

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2020 National REthink Council Membership Bio’s

Introducing ~ Jesse Dougherty with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in Redondo Beach, CAJesse CU

“It is often said that no two real estate transactions are ever the same. I can certainly attest from professional experience that this notion holds true. Furthermore, no two clients are the same with regards to their challenges, needs, and goals related to real estate. This environment creates the excitement and need for continual problem solving I thrive on professionally.”paul-hanaoka-R3vIFbYkOCA-unsplash

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“Coming together with a variety of personalities throughout my years of service, I have found true passion in being a fiduciary in achieving the real estate goals of my clients; whether they be investors, first-time buyers/sellers or those dealing with complex real estate transactions.”


Introducing ~ Catressa Sweetwood with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate in Castle Pines, CO

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Catressa Sweetwood’s focus has always been on building relationships. Whether it’s with clients, vendors, or within the real estate network, her goal is to bring the right people together at the right time in order to help her clients achieve their real estate goals.


Annual National REthink Council Meeting ~ 2020

Catressa’s personality allows her to understand people’s needs, listen to their concerns, and bring together the right team to assist. She also knows that buying or selling a home is a major decision, and wants her clients to be satisfied during and after the transaction.


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Whether you are a first-time buyer, a seasoned investor, or looking to sell your property in the greater Denver region, Catressa’s knowledge and experience is second-to-none.

Thoughts on Leadership: The Importance of Celebration

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me in Nashville for the 2020 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sales Convention. Against the backdrop of a resilient Music City, 6,000 attendees celebrated with colleagues and friends. But more about that later …

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Thoughts on Leadership: A Tribute to a Legendary Leader

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me planning, strategizing and fulfilling the commitments I made for the month of March. One of those commitments was completed on Tuesday when I presented to 100 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate agents as part of the brokerage’s Sales Mastery Series.

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Thoughts on Leadership: How to Be Optimistic about Achievement

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me first in Minneapolis for a HomeServices of America board meeting. From Minneapolis it was off to Des Moines, Iowa for dinner with HomeServices of Iowa CEO Kim Bakey and her management team. On Tuesday morning, I presented a keynote on mindset/routine to the company and then I presented the West Coast Offense for Geometric Growth to the management team.

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