Thursday Thoughts on Leadership: California Travels

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me in Palm Springs, CA for the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CFO Conference and just yesterday, in Irvine at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ administration center.

While in Palm Springs, I had the opportunity to address our CFO community and meet with the leaders who guide Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brokerages nationwide toward achieving even greater financial stability and profitability. Brian Peterson, CFO for HSF Affiliates, also spoke to the attendees and emphasized the importance of being a catalyst, or as he defined it, being a person who quickly causes change or action. However, while a CFO can cause change to happen fast, he or she is also the one responsible for long-term, lasting growth. That’s why, Brian explained, “The CFO role is becoming more strategic and influential.”

After the CFO Conference I was off to Irvine where I presented to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties team. I spoke about the 7 Principles of Success and a Mindset Routine for personal and professional growth to help agents get a jump start in the new year. (As I mentioned, agents should finish their business plan in October to ensure a running start as soon as Jan. 1 comes around.) After the presentations, I recorded a podcast with Sam Guillen, director of training for California Properties, where we talked about my real estate career and the lessons, discoveries, triumphs and challenges I’ve experienced after decades in the industry.

So what’s the message? As December fast approaches, think about all the ways you’ll grow in 2017 through the principles you follow, experience you’ve garnered, decisions you make, strategies you employ and the positive mindset you maintain. Then, you’ll set yourself up for success in the new year … and beyond.

GINO BLEFARI is CEO of HSF Affiliates LLC. You can follow Gino on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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