THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: CHANGE TAKES CHARGE

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels (virtually) found me first on Monday completing my regular round of calls, which included my 4DX call with the franchise sales team followed by a weekly update call with all of the national department heads at HomeServices of America, followed by the 4DX call with 30 CEOs of HomeServices of America companies. Tuesday, I discussed 4DX with the leadership team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, then I finished my day with a HomeServices of America team meeting. On Wednesday, I participated in an Ebby Halliday Facebook Live chat with CEO Chris Kelly. Today, I was a guest speaker on a Zoom with the Northern California Women’s Council of Realtors, presenting Mindset Leadership & Marketing Amid COVID-19. Finally, tomorrow I’ll wrap up my week talking all things 4DX with the leadership team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago.

Between virtual meetings and the whirlwind of everyday work, I’ve been revisiting the key insights from some of my favorite business books, “The Leadership Challenge” by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Particularly applicable is the authors’ chapter on leading through change, and the importance of being proactive about changing course when challenges present themselves. They place emphasis on combatting challenge with change, and even purport that it’s a leader’s top priority to do so.

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THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE

By Gino Blefari

This week I taught in a 4DX virtual training with the Guarantee Real Estate leadership team. On Wednesday and today, I’m virtually hosting the HomeServices of America CEO Leadership Conference.

Specifically, the conference was organized to address COVID-19 from a future-thinking perspective.  How will business look in a post-COVID-19 world? What could be transformational about how we approach strategies, execution and successs?  

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THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: STRENGTHENING YOUR TEAM

This week my travels find me … (say it with me) home. I’m virtually meeting with team members, taking conference calls and joining Zoom discussions with leaders around the world. Besides the whirlwind, I participated in a Facebook and Zoom livestream with our network’s No.1 company, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®. On Tuesday, I was with our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global leaders. I was on with Toronto, Porto, Lisbon, Vilamoura, Algarve, Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan, Piacenza, Dubai and London. On Wednesday I participated in a joint all-company training with Roberts Brothers and RealtySouth. I also virtually met with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago for a company-wide Town Hall. Finally, today I was honored to join Chris Stuart in the Facebook Live “Forever Forum.”

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Thoughts on Leadership: The Last Dance

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me at home, balancing Zoom meetings, conference calls and Facebook live events with opportunities to recharge. (By the way, if we aren’t connected on social media, let’s connect on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.)

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Thoughts on Leadership: Running Back to Think Ahead

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me … at home (perhaps next week we’ll rethink this opening line). A good family friend of mine, Don O’Neill, sent me an interesting article this week, and I took some time to read through it and would like to summarize the leadership lessons I learned from it.

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Thoughts on Leadership: A Tribute to a Legendary Leader

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me planning, strategizing and fulfilling the commitments I made for the month of March. One of those commitments was completed on Tuesday when I presented to 100 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate agents as part of the brokerage’s Sales Mastery Series.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Decisions, Decisions

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Michigan at a Mavericks mastermind meeting hosted by Steve Fase, broker/owner and CEO; and Steve Fase II, president of the brokerage Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northern Indiana Real Estate | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Tomie Raines Realtors. Although all the Mavericks meetings I’ve attended have been terrific, this was one for the books! The organization, the hospitality and the preparation set a new standard for excellence.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Living Out Your Dreams

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels first found me in South Florida, visiting with several Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brokerages. On Friday morning, I met with Ron Shuffield, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty and his leadership team, and we were joined via Skype by Christy Budnick, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty; Linda Sherrer, founder and chairman of Florida Network Realty; as well as the brokerage’s esteemed leaders.

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THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: INVEST IN YOURSELF AND IMPROVE

By Gino Blefari

“The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself.” – Warren Buffett

This week my travels found me first in Minneapolis for the Berkshire Hathaway Energy tech review meeting then on Tuesday night through Thursday morning with HomeServices of Nebraska speaking to the leadership team about the West Coast Offense for running a real estate brokerage. I also presented to employees and agents on creating a positive mindset and routine for success.

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THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: THROUGH THE STORM

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Northern California, in calls and meetings with our teams across the globe. As I write this, I just finished a great meeting in San Francisco with Paula Gold-Nocella, broker and regional partner at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties, and her team. Drysdale Properties, led by Gretchen Pearson, president/owner, is the largest independent and 100% woman-owned Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brokerage in the network. During the meeting at Drysdale Properties, I shared the story of my real estate career and the keys to a successful mindset and routine.

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