Thoughts on Leadership: Explosion 2018

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels started in Minneapolis, where I had a board meeting with our HomeServices of America, Inc. leaders and from there it was off to Omaha—home of our own Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway Inc.—for a great conference called Explosion 2018, held at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate and hosted by the brokerage’s CEO Vince Leisey and his team.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Habits for Wealth

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels first found me in Northern California, specifically in Cupertino having my Saturday morning breakfast with my good friend Johnnie Johnson (former All-Pro defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams) and we were joined by another good friend of ours, NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. (We were tackling life … and our hearty breakfasts … and thankfully, nobody tackled me.) Together, we reminisced about our beloved friend Dwight Clark, who is deeply missed by us all.

Next it was off to Southern California to our HSF Affiliates headquarters office for meetings with prospective franchisees, a leadership meeting and Town Hall with the team. During the Town Hall, I delivered a presentation based on Tom Corley’s book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals. Corley spent years studying the difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. On the rich side, he analyzed the habits of those with annual gross income north of $160,000 and net liquid assets of $3.2 million or more.

Today for our weekly blog post, I’d like to share 16 habits gleaned from this wealthy population, and, as the best-selling author says, they will help you reach and maintain your wealth potential:

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Thoughts on Leadership: Retreat to Progress

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me first in Pittsburgh at the PPG Paints Arena, celebrating the acquisition of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty by Northwood Realty Services. Effective now, the merged company will operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services.

When the official celebration of two real estate giants coming together began, the energy in the arena—also home to the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins—was infectious. You couldn’t help but feel inspired to be among hundreds of passionate, excited Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network agents. The crowd was addressed that evening by Ron Croushore, previous CEO and owner of The Preferred Realty, who remains active in the company as the board’s vice chair, followed by James Saxon, co-president and COO, then me, and finally, Tom Hosack, co-president and CEO of the newly merged brokerage.

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Thoughts on Leadership: The Loyalty of Leaders

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me first in Northern California, although I write this now as I attempt to pack for an eight-day trip on the road. Anyway, it’s been a busy week, and especially a busy Wednesday that was packed with meeting unforgettable leaders and remembering them, too.

Let me describe for you my day and how on each of three stops I made yesterday I kept encountering the same theme: loyalty.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Lessons Learned by VaynerMedia

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels first took me to Irvine, CA and next to La Mirada for an awards celebration with Bruce Mulhearn, president/owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, and the California Properties team where I delivered my “8 Principles of Success” to the crowd. It was an incredible event with more than 350 network agents in attendance and I was inspired by the passion and determination displayed by every single one of them.

Today, I spent most of the late morning and early afternoon in Los Angeles, meeting with our ad agency of record, VaynerMedia.

There’s a lot that can be lauded about the VaynerMedia team—their creativity, their can-do attitude, their fearlessly forward-looking leader, Gary Vaynerchuk—but today, I want to highlight two aspects of the company that are particularly central to our Thoughts on Leadership discussion: history and culture.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Let’s Contemplate Complacency

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me in Las Vegas for Mike Ferry’s Superstar Retreat with HSF Affiliates COO Chris Stuart and our entire business development team. I’ve written before about the efficacy of Mike’s events and I was motivated to attend this one by one terrible word: complacency.

There’s a great line I often recite: “I call complacency the most insidious disease in the world; it just sits there on your shoulder and tells you whatever you’re doing is OK.”

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Thoughts on Leadership: Minimize Excess to Maximize Results

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels first found me first in Hawai’i, spending time with my family. Next, I flew home to Northern California for a brief “staycation.” (As you know, I’m a big proponent of balance and adding downtime to your calendar before work; I’ve had this time off scheduled since last year.)

As I recharge and relax, I’ve also used the opportunity to go through certain rooms in my house and throw things away. Believe it or not, it makes me supremely happy to organize … sifting through closets, organizing my garage and cleaning out drawers. It’s incredibly satisfying to get rid of stuff I simply don’t need.

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Thoughts on Leadership: How Elite Leaders Lead

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Kona, Hawai’i for the 2018 Berkshire Elite Circle Conference, a truly elite retreat that our team hosted at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

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