One of Several Life Changing Events

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Real Estate Agent with Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors 0629874

It is actually two events that got me where I am today. The first event was when I was working in Corporate for more than 6 years with a company that I wanted to leave after 30 days on the job. It was important to make it work and I did. However, after battling through the recession the prinicpal owner kept thinking that workers were a dime a dozen. Treating people that way does not sit well with me.

I kept my team shielded as much as possible from management. They were able to keep their focus and continue to do well. The owner would not leave that alone. Soon they were late paying commissions to my team and myself. Then they started firing quality database architects and programmers and bringing in offshore resources (questionably) and putting junior and entry level people on key projects.

Finally they walked off a job at the end of the deadline even though they weren't finished and it cost me over a $1M deal. They went around me and fired one of my successful sales people. Finally they held up commissions for three months and changed the commission plan in the middle of several deals. I could no longer look at my team or my customers in their eyes.  I walked away.

I wanted to start helping companies define what the job required before they went out to hire people. I started my little consulting firm and I realized I was still selling into the corporate world where is seemed there were more owners like the one I walked from than good owners. The people that I tried to sell to wanted to move forward but were too scared. After banging my head against a wall for almost two years making some money but not enough I made the decision to leave the corporate world.

I still wanted to help people and one of the great things I do is help peolpe with their largest transactions. My clients now say;  "Thank you."; "We can't believe how much you do for us.", and other wonderful things. While my clients may think I am helping them they are also helping me. That is another reason why my focus is on their success. Every time that works, I naturally get what I want. I guess I really owe my old owner a thank you too for pushing me into something I love to do.

 

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Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
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Good Afternoon Jeff: That is good perspective in life-- taking the negative experiences from your previous employer and then converted them into something positive and worthwhile.

I am glad you changed terrain as we would not have known the JF of Friso.

Jun 06, 2014 08:14 AM #1
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Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
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Thanks to your old owner you got to see the way to true happiness... Keep up the good work...

Jun 06, 2014 10:46 AM #2
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Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro
Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors - Frisco, TX
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Thanks to Maria, RIchard and Beth. In this case it worked out for me. For some of my team that ended up leaving later, it was not such a good thing for them. Most of my team and I still stay in touch. Just as I am sure I will with some of the AR relationships I am starting to form.

Jun 06, 2014 12:08 PM #3
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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I can not imagine going back to the corporate world.   That mindset is so opposite where I am now.

Jun 06, 2014 12:18 PM #4
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff many people leave Corporate America and never look back...only when the checks do not come at a regular interval:)), Endre

Jun 06, 2014 02:40 PM #5
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Jeff. It doesn't matter how you got here, just that you ended up in the right place. It is unfortunate that many in the corporate world do such a poor job managing their people. Nice job with your post.

Make it a great weekend!

Jun 06, 2014 08:11 PM #6
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Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors - Frisco, TX
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Hi Chris, Endre and Joe - today's corporate environment is in turmoil. The majority of people I speak with are not happy in their corporate job but are not fortunate enough to have the opportunity to either try and go it alone or find the right organization that is looking for their particular skill. Instead many follow the money or simply need the job to make ends meet.

Jun 06, 2014 10:45 PM #7
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
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Jeff your clients are fortunate to have you in the court. We never know where things may lead us but finding the good in every situtation and focusing on what is working ...works. And you my friend are very good at that!

Jun 06, 2014 10:56 PM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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I think a thank you note is in order to the old boss whose behavior forced a change in your career path.  Kudos for taking that challenge and turning it into an opportunity!

Jun 12, 2014 04:22 AM #9
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Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

The thought of returning to corporate America isn't entertained in my mind long either. Glad you found the niche to satisfy you personally and professionally, Jeff.

Jun 16, 2014 08:44 AM #10
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Jeff, Once we leave "corporate America" there is no turning back.  We work hard in this business, just like we did when we worked for someone else .... but, we reap the fruit of our labor, and we have control over our destiny and our future. 

 

Jun 18, 2014 04:21 AM #11
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Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
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Jeff, thank you for sharing your story. I like the bottom photo!

Jul 03, 2014 11:50 AM #12
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