Thursday Thoughts on Leadership: Moving Families Initiative

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me in Pittsburgh to meet with the team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty and owner/CEO Ron Croushore. Attendance at the meeting topped more than 450 agents, managers and staff, and I spent five hours—one with managers and four with the agents—talking time management, principles for success, operating a brokerage and more. What an incredible experience and what an energized group! As I stood on stage addressing the crowd, a thought came to mind: This, like all our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices members, is more than a brokerage. It’s a family, a community of like-minded individuals who understand the importance of learning and growing together for the benefit of all.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Eddie DeBartolo Jr. Built an Empire in San Francisco by Placing People First

Pictured above: Eddie DeBartolo Jr. (center) shares a laugh with Joe Montana (left) and Carmen Policy.

By Gino Blefari

My travels last weekend brought me to San Diego for Buffini & Company’s MasterMind Summit, a powerful event focusing on personal growth and inspiration. I have to admit I was already inspired for this event after watching Eddie DeBartolo Jr.’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

While most Hall of Fame members are players and coaches, DeBartolo was inducted as a franchise owner, which says a lot. His leadership and management beliefs helped shape the way I operate in business and serve as an ideal game plan for motivation, human decency and organizational success.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Think Small, Achieve Big

By Gino Blefari

Last week, while at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Summit Conference, I had the opportunity to hear keynote speaker Josh Linkner deliver a fascinating talk about creative disruption. As Josh explained, creative disruption has a very specific definition in the context of an increasingly stale business world focused on the bottom line instead of innovation and progress.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Texas Travels

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in San Antonio for Real Living Momentum 2015, an event celebrating Real Living sales professionals from around the country. As I spend time in this Texas town lined by river walks and traditional, Spanish-style architecture, it’s hard not to imagine how the city appeared in the early 19th century, when the west was far wilder and brave frontiersmen and women fought tirelessly to safeguard their land.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Be Unstoppable

By Gino Blefari 

This week my travels find me in San Diego to attend Tom Ferry’s Success Summit. The theme for Summit 2015 is “unstoppable,” a powerful word with many applications in life and business. In a recent blog post, Tom detailed five easy steps to achieve an unstoppable mindset and I’d like to highlight them now:

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#20 Thoughts on Leadership: All About Omaha

By Gino Blefari

This week, my travels took me to Omaha, NE, a city smack in the middle of the U.S.A. and home to an organization we all know well, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Before this year, I had only been to—or better yet, been through—Omaha twice before, years ago as a child on a family road trip from California to my home state of Massachusetts. I remember even then, as we drove along Interstate 80, Omaha was a study in contrast, a small, urban skyline surrounded by the quintessential Midwestern scape of flat, open land.

Now I’m a seasoned Omaha visitor, with three trips to the city in the past year, most recently to attend the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting and then, just this week, to visit Vince Leisey and his team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. Each time I return I’m struck by the distinctiveness of the city and I get the recurring feeling that this place is unlike any other; it’s easy to understand why Berkshire Hathaway would be stationed here. 

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#17 Thoughts on Leadership: The Coincidence of Connection

By Gino Blefari

This week, my travels took me from Denver to Omaha to St. Louis but our story begins west of the Gateway City, in Irvine, CA at the HSF Affiliates headquarters …

Each morning in Irvine, I try to follow the same routine: I wake before sunrise and walk to the hotel coffee shop near our offices for some quiet, meditative moments to prepare for the day ahead.

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#01 Thoughts on Leadership: An Unrelenting Fighter

By Gino Blefari

My thoughts this week are less thoughts than they are a written tribute to someone I’ve forever admired and respected as a titan in the sports-reporting industry, a kind-hearted man who famously prized family above fortune and still rose to the status of a cherished icon in his field. If you haven’t guessed, I’m speaking of renowned sports commentator Stuart Scott, who tragically passed away several days ago at the age of 49, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and strength, and a message any leader can learn from: Even when faced with an opponent as merciless as cancer, there’s always an opportunity to fight.

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Why Are we Here?

By Stephen Phillips

Existentialism: a philosophical system emphasizing the existence of the individual as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.

I heard someone say recently that every business owner needs to ask why their company exists. What need is the business filling? What value is the business creating? Who would miss the business if it suddenly went away? That bit about creating value piqued my interest, because I spend a great deal of time thinking about, and working to increase, the value that HSF Affiliates and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices create for affiliates, agents and consumers. I also think about why real estate networks and brokers and agents exist in the first place. What value does our industry create, and for whom?

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#07: Thoughts on Leadership: Texas Travels

By Gino Blefari

This week, I was in Dallas for the launch of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas.

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas, and this event was no exception. Held at the 80,000-seat, 2.3-million-sq.-ft. AT&T Stadium, the event was an incredible opportunity to meet new agents and celebrate an important milestone for the PenFed Realty Texas team.

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