Thoughts on Leadership: Laugh It Off

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me at home, starting Monday with my typical WIG calls. On Tuesday, I attended the Berkshire Hathaway Energy Executive Team Meeting followed by the HomeServices of America Corporate Team Gathering—a virtual gathering, of course. Yesterday, I was in a studio in Silicon Valley, California, safely filming videos for the upcoming Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sales Convention.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Short-term Memory

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me at home, starting Monday off with my typical WIG calls. On Tuesday, I attended the Berkshire Hathaway Energy Weekly Executive Team Meeting followed by the Monthly CEO Leadership meeting via Microsoft Teams. Yesterday and today, I’m in meetings with our teams as we connect, execute on our goals and grow.

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Thursday Thoughts on Leadership: Lessons from the GOAT

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me at home, starting the week with my typical Monday WIG calls. On Tuesday, I attended the Berkshire Hathaway Energy weekly executive team meeting and for the rest of the week, I planned for the upcoming HomeServices of America monthly CEO leadership meeting.

Of course, all week I was energized by Sunday night’s Super Bowl, when Tom Brady, in his first year as quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won his seventh Super Bowl championship.

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Thoughts on Leadership: The Power of Discipline

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me at home, kicking off Monday with my typical Monday WIG calls followed by the Long & Foster Shareholders Meeting. On Tuesday, I participated in the Berkshire Hathaway Energy Executive Team Meeting and virtually presented on time management to the team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty. On Wednesday, I virtually joined the launch of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Zambito REALTORS® and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Western New York Properties. I also filmed videos for Prosperity Home Mortgage Chairman’s Club, ReeceNichols Top Performers and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM awards event. Today, I virtually presented on time management to the team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Leadership Lessons from Hank Aaron and Larry King

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me at home, starting the week with my typical Monday WIG calls. On Wednesday, I participated in the Berkshire Hathaway Energy Weekly Executive team meeting. My WIGs for this week were to film seven videos, present Time Management (virtually) to the team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Keys Real Estate and hold three virtual interviews for the regional mortgage manager position at Prosperity Home Mortgage.

In between meetings, I also got a call from Bob LeFever. I’ve known Bob for years, since we were both senior vice presidents of NRT. (But more on Bob later because he’s really the connection to everything I’ll write about in this post.)

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Thoughts on Leadership: Lessons from MLK

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me at home, but actually going into the Cupertino, California office of Intero to safely host the virtual HomeServices of America CEO Leadership Teleconference. The conference covered topics ranging from productivity to positive culture, Diversity & Inclusion and best practices for remote leadership.

And speaking of leadership, earlier this week, we celebrated and commemorated the life of an incredible leader – Martin Luther King Jr. He was truly an extraordinary leader whose words and example continue to inspire us to eliminate racial injustice. For inspiration this week, there are a few key leadership lessons from Martin Luther King Jr.:

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Thoughts on Leadership: Total Responsibility

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me starting the week with my typical Monday WIG calls and on Tuesday, attending the Berkshire Hathaway Energy Team Meeting. The rest of the week, I’m preparing for our HomeServices of America CEO Leadership Conference, coming up soon.

This Monday night, I watched the Alabama game, as the incredible college football team won the national championship against Ohio State, 52-24. Watching that game, I couldn’t help but think about two great leaders, two great friends and two great franchisees—Dewey Mitchell and Allen Crumbley, broker/owners of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group, who both played football under the leadership of legendary Alabama coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant. (Allen is pictured with Coach Bear Bryant in the photo.) One of my favorite quotes, spoken by their former coach Bear Bryant, is this: “If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes well, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”

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Thoughts on Leadership: Success and Your Personal Philosophy

By: Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me at home, starting the year off with my typical Monday WIG calls. On Tuesday, I had a Berkshire Hathaway Energy weekly executive team meeting and on Wednesday, I attended the Berkshire Hathaway Energy 2021 Executive Leadership Conference, “Transforming Our Business,” a four-and-a-half-hour virtual session about leadership in 2021 and beyond. The rest of the week was spent planning for the virtual, two-day HomeServices of America Leadership Conference, which will take place January 20-21.

The Executive Leadership Conference was a great lead-in to this blog because Bill Fehrman, Berkshire Hathaway Energy president and CEO, and Greg Abel, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., vice chairman of non-insurance operations and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, talked about the culture of Berkshire Hathaway as one marked by continuous improvement.

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THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me at home, starting off with my typical Monday WIG calls. On Tuesday, I had the Berkshire Hathaway Energy President’s Meeting and the end of year HomeServices of America CEO leadership virtual meeting and on Wednesday I presented 4DX to the team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties then filmed a few videos for the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sales Convention 2021 and presented Mindset Leadership Amid COVID-19 to the team at Intero South County. Today, I had the HomeServices of America corporate team virtual holiday gathering and Iowa Realty’s employee service recognition virtual event. In between, I hosted six CEO reviews.

It was a long and busy week, filled with interactions among leaders I admire and respect. Famed self-help and business author Napoleon Hill once said: “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others succeed.”

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THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: FOSTERING FUTURE LEADERS

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me at home, starting Monday off with my typical WIG calls. On Tuesday, I attended the Weekly Berkshire Hathaway Energy President’s Meeting followed by a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global alignment session. Next, I presented Mindset Leadership Amid COVID-19 to Intero Real Estate Services’ Peninsula offices and to the team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. I also had two succession calls this week.

I’ve been including these succession calls in my weekly recap now for a while, but we haven’t really gone into detail on what they mean. Let’s explore together: a succession call is exactly as it sounds, an opportunity for a CEO to create a plan for their succession in the event they leave the company or something unfortunate causes them to step down from their leadership position. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

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