Thoughts on Leadership: Growing through Change

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me in Northern California, visiting two excellent companies that are undergoing leadership changes. The new leaders at both brokerages are vigorous and inspiring, tasked with guiding their firms toward even greater success. Sometimes, new leaders are exactly what an organization needs, even if the present leader is really good. No matter the strength of the current leader, a company may simply need a change. Remember, new eyes see old things in new ways.

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From realtor.com: When ignorance ISN’T bliss

This week, realtor.com published a piece from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO Chris Stuart about the importance of being vigilant against cyber-crime. This important topic hits our industry, and our personal lives, daily. As Stuart points out in his guest post, “The ever-expanding tentacles of cyber-crime can create significant consequences that impact all aspects of our lives and livelihoods.” The consequences for a company can be dire.

Read more below from Chris Stuart in the article, “When ignorance ISN’T bliss,” and share with your sphere of influence so that they too may be aware of the risks associated with cyber-crime.

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THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: FROM STAR TO SUPERSTAR

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Las Vegas for Mike Ferry’s Superstar Retreat. Like him or not (and if you don’t, that just means you don’t like hard work), Mike Ferry has probably taught more successful agents in the last 40+ years than any trainer in the industry and certainly has had the biggest impact on my career. With Mike, it boils down to common-sense business. Work hard. Be proud you’re a professional real estate salesperson. Be confident. Never cower from your success.

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THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: CELEBRATING JULY 4TH

This week my travels find me in Northern California, working with our teams across the country – and world – while preparing for the Fourth of July. As a student of history and its finest leaders, July 4th is my favorite time of year. I spend the day grilling with my family and at night, we watch brilliant fireworks light up the summer sky.

Though Independence Day wasn’t declared a federal holiday until 1941, it’s been celebrated since the American Revolution. (Massachusetts was the first state to make it a state holiday in 1781.) But let’s step back in time to June 1776 …

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DON’T RETIRE FROM BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES

by Allan Dalton, SVP of Research and Development for HSF Affiliates LLC

Should you be a real estate professional in your 50s or 60s who has invested numerous years, if not decades of hard work, provided exemplary service and acquired an enviable reputation for results and client satisfaction, I have a timely message for you!

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THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: ON BOARDS

This week my travels found me first in Minneapolis for a HomeServices of America, Inc. board meeting. I also sat in on a strategic repositioning presentation with Tom Hutchins, Berkshire Hathaway Energy vice president of Strategic Repositioning. Next, I visited Mendota Heights, Minnesota for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices North Properties’ Midyear Meeting. At North Properties, I met with Peggy Lovejoy, president of North Properties and her fantastic team, delivering a presentation on the mindset and routine necessary for success.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Extraordinary Quality Service, Convenience and Value

This week my travels first found me in beautiful Anguilla for the 2019 Berkshire Elite Circle Conference. The exclusive Caribbean oasis—measuring just 16 miles long and three miles wide—is the ideal spot to celebrate the achievements of the top 50 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network brokerages … and the illustrious leaders who lead them. Standing among the network’s elite brought to mind an important question: What turns a leader from a front runner into a champion?

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Thoughts on Leadership: CEOs and CFOs

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels first found me in Minneapolis for the Annual HomeServices of America, Inc. CEO Conference and tomorrow, I travel to sunny Miami. Finally, I’ll land in beautiful Anguilla for the 2019 Berkshire Elite Circle Conference.

Caribbean paradise aside, let’s return to Minneapolis—ranked, by the way, as one of the sixth Best Places to Live in America by the Travel Channel—and to this year’s CEO Conference. For the 2019 meeting, we invited not only the CEOs from our HomeServices of America companies but also the CFOs.

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The Money that Powers ‘Free’: When a Discount Costs you More

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO Chris Stuart

There’s a 130-year-old giant whose been largely “napping” for the past 40 years. But, it appears that the D.C. machinery is gearing up to poke the old giant into action. And who is this giant? It’s the FTC’s antitrust laws born in 1890. The Wall Street Journal’s Jacob M. Schlesinger, Brent Kendall and John D. McKinnon address the escalating situation that could put some of the world’s largest tech companies in the antitrust spotlight in their article, “Tech Giants Google, Facebook and Amazon Intensify Antitrust Debate.”

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Thoughts on Leadership: The Ideal Team Player

This week my travels found me in Irvine, CA for an action-packed agenda. First, I completed a webinar with Debbie De Grote, next I recorded a podcast with Tom Ferry, then I met with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate team members and finally, I participated in a Mavericks Think Tank and Peer Review.

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