Thoughts on Leadership: Innovation and Planning

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in San Antonio, TX for 2018 Sales Convention planning. As you know, I’m a huge proponent of planning. Last year during my keynote onstage at Sales Convention, I even quoted one of my all-time favorite sayings by Dwight D. Eisenhower: “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.”

Also, for those who haven’t read it, I wrote a post all about business planning here.

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A Day at Disney with the Sunshine Kids

By Melissa Kandel

It’s one thing to understand sunshine, know that it brightens darkness, signifies the start of a new day but it’s another to really experience it, warm and shiny in the early morning. You can feel it then as something real and almost tangible, and it’s so much more than just a nebulous thought in your mind, gone as quickly as it came.

That’s probably the best way I can describe my recent time spent with the Sunshine Kids at Disneyland and California Adventure Park, part of the California Fun-Time Fantasy trip that brings the children to various locales on the Golden State’s Southern coast each year. I was volunteering as a representative from the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices corporate office, sent to take photos and document the day.

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Vote Deborah Berg to Win Realtor Magazine’s Good Neighbor Award!

Today is the final day! Please vote for Deborah Berg, agent with Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices HWWB, REALTORS® in Birmingham, MI, who is a finalist in Realtor Magazine’s prestigious Good Neighbor Awards! She runs “the country’s largest rummage sale,” which raises an impressive $225,000 each year to support people in need through 35 non-profit organizations. She manages a force of more than 700 volunteers during twice-annual, week-long sales. Throughout the rest of the year, she oversees the acquisition of furniture and high-value donations. Let’s support Deborah Berg, an amazing Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices sales professional and a testament to what it means to be Good to know™.

VOTE HERE before 5 p.m. CT: … and share this post so Deborah can win the award!

Do You Want to Join the National re_think Council?

Applications are now officially open for the national re_think Council 2018 term! We’re looking for stellar, top-producing millennial agents in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network to apply. Our vision is to be the premier member-driven think tank in the real estate industry, focused on sustainable success for current and future real estate agents.

Would you or someone you know be a good fit for the Council? Please email and we’ll send you the 2018 charter and application today! Applications are due Nov. 3.

The Power of a Handwritten Note

By Megan Owens

In an age where technology and digital communication have become so prevalent in our society, we can often overlook the power of a handwritten note. There are two different kinds of handwritten notes: personal and business.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group’s Michigan Avenue Office Completes Backpack Project

As the start of a new school year approaches, Chicago-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group is helping children in need prepare for a success. The brokerage’s Michigan Avenue office recently filled 475 backpacks with school essentials for the children at The Dvorak School of Excellence, a Chicago Public School located in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.

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Coaching and Mastermind Groups: A Leadership Program Success Story

By Susan Ireland

One of the biggest drivers to profit in a real estate company is high-caliber leaders. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is hyper-focused on the development and training of stellar agents but knows it’s important to foster great leadership, too.

For years, the business consultant team has used the Operations Review tool to help network members measure certain benchmarks tied to profitability. One key component of this review is the Sales Associate Survey, which includes expectations of leadership, associate satisfaction levels and associate engagement in company tools and resources. Other benchmarks include expense management, agent recruiting/retention and sales associate productivity. In nearly every Operations Review, there was a direct correlation between profitability and strong leadership. 

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The Work Life Balancing Act: A White Paper Study by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ re_think Council Leadership

The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices national re_think Council isn’t only about picking up new stuff, it’s also about rethinking what works and reapplying it. The latest re_think Council white paper details how top producers manage a work life balance in the real estate industry utilizing both the FISH! Philosophy and Gino Blefari‘s Ten Keys to Success. Download it here.

Paris Property Prices are Set to Reach All-Time Highs

By Mitch Lewis

A newly released survey by the Chamber of Notaries of Paris shows prices for real estate in Paris are on track to reach record highs this summer as buyers—particularly those from Italy and the UK—seek properties in the city’s in-demand districts or “arrondissements.”

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Thoughts on Leadership: The Power of Connecting

This week my travels found me first in Rolling Hills Estates, CA, meeting with Bruce Short, broker/owner at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties; Mistydawn Jones, branch manager at California Properties; Denise Scarpetti, California Properties director of operations; Rick Elorriaga, vice president at California Properties; and members of the California Properties team. I was also working with our HSF Affiliates team in Irvine, CA. It’s been a busy few days but the time has been spent connecting with colleagues and friends—through a new employee orientation, at a California Properties awards event, during our HSF Affiliates Town Hall.

In business, networking and connecting is absolutely vital—the right connections can not only help you achieve your goals but also provide a richness to your life you can’t get from operating in insolation. Genuine connections are hard to find but essential to maintain. How do you connect with others in a way that’s both authentic and powerful? Watch the video for more …

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

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