Thoughts on Leadership: The Importance of Celebration

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me first working from my home office in Northern California and then eastbound to Miami for the AREAA Global Luxury Summit, all about the rise of Miami as an international powerhouse for high-end real estate investment. Speaking of real estate, spring is such a critical time in the cycle of a real estate agent—we’re right in the middle of spring selling season—and it’s often a time when we expect a lot and reality may not always deliver. That’s why I want to write today about the importance of celebration, (as you know, I always say we must celebrate the small wins), and how critical it is to make time to celebrate as we move onward and upward in our careers. Oprah Winfrey once said, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

I recently attended a top-agent awards dinner at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties where celebration took center stage. The event was an impressive, elegant evening honoring a group of incredibly hard working agents, held at the beautiful Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City. Now, I know most of you reading this weren’t there, so let me set the scene: Floor-to-ceiling windows framed an early afternoon New York City skyline view, special presentations recognized top agents and top teams companywide for 2016, and a talented a capella band, Blue Jupiter, serenaded the crowd and even wished me a happy birthday! (Yes, as it happened, this awards celebration fell right around my birthday.)

While the event undoubtedly celebrated the achievements of top New Jersey Properties agents, it was also a testament to the strong leadership team that has made this brokerage such a success. Bill Keleher, chairman and CEO at New Jersey Properties, has done a fantastic job of getting “the right people in the right seats on the bus,” as Good to Great bestselling author Jim Collins might say. Chris Brown is the dynamic new president of New Jersey Properties, Seymour Litwin serves as vice chairman, Nancy Litwin comanages the firms top producing Martinsville office, Steve Janett is New Jersey Properties’ executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Michele Giordano is New Jersey Properties executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

So, what’s the message? Celebrate your success, for these happy times will get you through the tougher ones. Collins famously wrote this about mediocrity: “Those who build and perpetuate mediocrity … are motivated more by the fear of being left behind.” Great leaders—like Bill, Chris, Seymour, Nancy, Steve and Michele at New Jersey Properties—do not welcome mediocrity and fear greatness, in fact, they embrace greatness, they CELEBRATE it! Whenever you achieve something great—whether it be the top agent ranking in your brokerage or a new client—be sure to stop and celebrate your accomplishment; a memorable celebration like the one organized by New Jersey Properties will motivate you to create even more reasons to celebrate yet again.

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

Chris Brown, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties, speaking to the elite group of agents.

William Keleher, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties.

Chris Brown, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties, and Christine “Christy” Casey, broker/manager of the Basking Ridge Office, accepting “Office of the Year” for 2016.

From left: Chris Brown, president of New Jersey Properties, Seymour Litwin, New Jersey Properties vice chairman, Nancy Litwin, New Jersey Properties branch manager and member of ownership team, Sam Joseph, sales associate of the New Jersey Properties Montclair office, Gino Blefari, CEO of HSF Affiliates LLC, Bill Keleher, chairman and CEO of New Jersey Properties, Steve Janett, COO of New Jersey Properties.

From left: Chris Brown, New Jersey Properties president, Steve Janett, COO of New Jersey Properties, Seymour Litwin, New Jersey Properties vice chairman, Nancy Litwin, New Jersey Properties branch manager and member of ownership team, Tim Deluccia, New Jersey Properties broker associate of the Martinsville office, Gino Blefari, CEO of HSF Affiliates LLC, abd Bill Keleher, CEO of New Jersey Properties.

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

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