Thoughts on Leadership: The Value of Meeting

By Gino Blefari

This week, for the first time in more than a year, my travels find me in Austin, Texas, kicking off Monday as a presenter for The Realty Alliance General Membership Meeting at the JW Marriott Hotel. I spoke on three specific aspects of the West Coast offense for running a real estate company: philosophy, accountability partners and the importance of having a system. On Tuesday, I attended the Berkshire Hathaway Energy Weekly Executive Team Meeting and today, I participated (virtually) in the exciting launch of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Atlantic Portugal, a fantastic brokerage that will help expand Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ ever-expanding footprint throughout Portugal.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Setbacks and Success

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me at home, starting off Monday with a Berkshire Hathaway Energy meeting then my typical Monday WIG calls. On Tuesday, I attended the HomeServices of America monthly CEO leadership meeting and on Wednesday through tomorrow, I hosted (and will continue to host) nine Q1 company reviews with CEOs and CFOs.

Speaking with companies about their progress made me think about success and setbacks, and whether the two are really all that different. In theory, success is what we’re striving for but the relationship between success and a setback is not dichotomous; setbacks are just opportunities to refocus our efforts on our way to success.

Let’s examine famous examples from history. In every one of the below true tales, leaders experienced a major setback that eventually led to a major breakthrough and ultimately, extraordinary success.

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THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me at home, starting Monday with my typical Monday WIG calls. On Wednesday and Thursday, I participated in the HomeServices of America Belonging Summit, led by Teresa Palacios Smith, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, HomeServices of America.

To recharge after a busy but fulfilling week, I plan this weekend to watch the last two rounds of the Masters, which takes place at Augusta National Golf Course.

I’ve written before about the Masters, and if you’re a longtime reader of this blog, you’ll know I often draw references between sports and leadership. Golf, to me, is so much like leadership because for the most part, it’s a solitary sport – the work you put in shows in your results, just like it does when you lead a team. Here are a few more lessons we can learn from the Masters:

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Thoughts on Leadership: More on What Mentally Strong Leaders DON’T Do

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me at home, kicking off the week with my typical Monday WIG calls. On Tuesday, I participated in the Berkshire Hathaway Energy weekly executive team meeting and HomeServices of America monthly team gathering. And today, while in Microsoft Teams meetings and taking calls, I thought about our post from last week, and the feedback it received.

As it turns out, while providing insights into what to do as leaders is helpful, it’s just as effective to discuss what not to do. In the spirit of continuing this productive conversation, here are a few more things mentally strong leaders don’t do:

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