This month I’m highlighting a great book that I just finished reading on leadership entitled “How to Be a Great Boss” by Gino Wickman. It’s an easy read and extremely practical. For those of us out there who manage people, it’s a must-read.

Doesn’t it seem like a good majority of people dislike their boss (and that’s putting it nicely)? I seldom hear people praising their leaders or rejoicing in upper management. Just in my industry alone, the oftentimes impetus to become a realtor in the first place is to escape ever having to work for a boss again and become one’s own.

So, what’s really the issue? Are people just too hard to please these days? Maybe. But I am more convinced that many bosses are not leading well because of a lack of understanding of what takes to be a great boss in the first place.

Wickman refers to this as the “GWC” of being a great boss. A great boss must get it, want it, and have the capacity to do it. “Getting it” is grasping at a high-level what people management is, “wanting it” is having the passion to lead well, and “capacity to do it” is the emotional, mental, and physiological reservoir to execute on a daily basis. Without GWC, it is impossible to be a great boss.

John Maxwell is fond of saying that before you touch people’s hands you must touch their hearts. Leveraging people to accomplish great things is a sine qua non. It’s essential. But leveraging people without simultaneously pouring into their lives, raising them up, and truly caring for them is a huge fail and possibly the chief reason why some bosses fail to achieve greatness.

There is so much more covered in the book – more than I can address here. So please read it! You’ll enjoy the easy and valuable read!

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Do you know someone considering buying or selling a home whom you could refer to our real estate sales team? Not only will they benefit from our award-winning real estate service, but a very worthy cause will benefit as well. If you or anyone you know is considering selling, give me a call or pass on my number.  Thank you in advance for your referrals!

My Number is 312-421-1848

Over the years of helping hundreds of families sell or buy the place they call home,  we have met some wonderful, loving, and caring people. People like you! And, referrals of those you know considering buying or selling will receive the award-winning service we are known for and many will benefit through the services of GRIP Outreach for  Youth as well!

If you or a friend are thinking about selling, make sure to choose a real estate company you can trust!


A real estate team with experience,  proven results, and a give-back philosophy!

Over the years of helping hundreds of families sell their homes and/or buy another, we have met some wonderful, loving, caring people.

People like you! So your referrals can rest assured that not only will they get the award-winning service we are known for and the guarantee to back it up, but that a solid portion of the income we receive will go towards a very worthy cause.

Refer your friends, neighbors, associates, or family members considering making  a move:  

  1. You can visit HelpChicagoYouth.com and fill out the online form.
  2. You can pass along our business card to them; I have enclosed a couple here for that purpose.
  3. Of course, you can always call me directly or pass my number on 312-421-1848.   




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Why I Support GRIP Outreach for YOUTH:

I first met Scott Grzesiak five years ago when I represented him in the purchase of a home. This friendship grew over time and, naturally, I came to hear of the awesome organization he leads: GRIP Outreach for Youth.

What I love about GRIP is that the Christian organization really does a phenomenal job mentoring high-school-aged youth. And, when I say “mentoring,” I mean stepping into their lives in a very personal way. GRIP’s staff and volunteers spend countless hours with the teenagers in their homes, schools, churches, and communities. Their goal is to break the fatherless cycle through Christ-centered, Life-on-Life relationships. The stories of transformed lives such as former gang members finding jobs, living productive lives, and even giving back to society, is truly astounding.

Being born and raised in Chicagoland, I take pride in supporting in any way that I can the good work these people do at GRIP. My team rallies around our annual goal of raising money and donating portions of our income to help high-school-aged youth in at-risk communities. My team and I are committed to providing outstanding results for buyers and sellers referred to us by our past clients. I have discovered that GRIP shares similar commitments to  Chicago’s youth. And, since their services survive on sponsorships and donations, we are happy to contribute and proud to support them.

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