By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me at home, starting the week with my typical WIG calls for our CEOs followed by the 6th Annual D’Ambrosio Family Foundation Golf Tournament in San Jose, California. On Tuesday, I participated in the weekly Berkshire Hathaway Energy meeting and on Wednesday, I filmed for HomeServices of America projects in Los Altos, California. I also attended a planning meeting with HomeServices of America group leaders for the upcoming CEO Leadership Conference taking place virtually Sept. 23-24.

As I worked through this new week and new month, I continued to explore the wealth of knowledge published by the Harvard Business Review. Peter F. Drucker, one of my very first mentors, wrote a compelling piece for the publication titled “What Makes an Effective Executive.” In the article Drucker details how executives who are effective get the right things done in the right ways.

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By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me at home (as you rightly guessed), kicking off Monday with my typical weekly WIG calls. On Tuesday I had my Berkshire Hathaway Energy weekly president’s meeting and on Wednesday, I first met with the teams at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate, Indiana Real Estate, Tomie Raines REALTORS® and Executive Realty and presented on mindset and leadership in the time of COVID-19. Later that day, I presented the “West Coast Offense” to a prospect from Hawaii and then gave my “4DX Tune Up” presentation to the team at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty family of brokerages. Finally, today I was on a Zoom introduction with three exciting new brokerage prospects.

In every meeting and presentation this week, there was a common theme: teams. A leader can operate in isolation, but a leader succeeds as part of a team. It’s not by accident that I’ve been thinking so much about teams – this week I listened to “Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry,” a fascinating book authored by veteran sportswriter Joan Ryan.

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This week as I sat down to write Thoughts on Leadership, I asked myself: What happens when thoughts won’t do? I cannot begin to understand the suffering, the agony or the hurt of the Black community after the death of George Floyd. This time, thoughts won’t do. But leadership is about a positive mindset and a commitment to actionable solutions that will empower, inspire and most importantly, create change.

And to create change, I can listen. We can all listen. We can learn. We can focus on perpetual improvement, becoming better tomorrow than we were today. And that starts now, which is why this post is coming to you three days early.

So, what’s the message? There isn’t one, definitive way to process the complex issues and difficult conversations that need to happen right now. There is, however, a universal shift to make toward greater inclusivity and even more support. We cannot be indifferent to make a difference. We must continue to provide the opportunity of home ownership for all communities fairly and without bias, whether intentional or unconscious. Now and forever our duty is not only to help every consumer buy or sell a home – it’s also to create a home that welcomes everyone.

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