I Am The CEO of NAR: Wishful Thinking

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"Face reality as it is, not as it was or you wish it to be."
-Jack Welch

First of all, I am quick to admit I am in no way qualified to be the CEO of the National Association of REALTORS®.  I can only imagine what I might do if I was qualified. 

If I was qualified, I don't believe I would go in with the idea of what I would or should do.  I don't know enough about the inner workings to make those kinds of carte blanche statements.  Instead, I believe I would:

Notify every department head and employee that there WILL be staff cuts and/or changes where determined necessary.

Every department head would be responsible for submitting a detailed written report on what their department does and what every staff member in their department does. This report would be due within 2 weeks of my appointment as the head of NAR.  These reports would (attempt to) justify why their department needs to be preserved.  These reports would also include suggested changes by each department head.  Any department head that can't suggest changes would be immediately terminated.  


Once I received these reports, I would review them and make a determination whether the organization is worth saving or if shutting it down would be a better option. 

I believe the National Association of REALTORS® can be a valuable asset and advocate for agents and the rights of property ownership at the national and grass roots levels.  Somewhere along the line, leadership lost their sense of financial responsibility and of who they are working for. 

Facing reality as it is must be the starting point.  Where to go from there is to be determined through painfully realistic analysis and planning.

Shutting down NAR would be complicated and probably not the best option.  If it can be saved, it should be.  If not, so be it.

This is my entry in the Challenge hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS.

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Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
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Hi Michael Jacobs ,
It's definitely a good one, isn't it?  How can we get NAR back to where we wish it to be... where it should be?

Jun 23, 2018 08:18 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
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Hi Margaret Goss ,
How do people get to the point where they are so self-absorbed? 

Jun 23, 2018 08:21 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
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Hi Brian England ,
Those reports might be short if they list ALL the good things they're doing for the membership, don't you think?     On the other hand, they might be long if they list all the good they could do for the membership with all that money.

Jun 23, 2018 08:22 AM #26
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Carol Williams
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Thanks Ron and Alexandra Seigel .
Happy Saturday!

Jun 23, 2018 08:23 AM #27
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Carol Williams
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Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker ,
You know I'm way too into retirement mode to take on something like that!  Someone needs to do it, though.... or NAR will be a part of the industry history.  Happy Saturday.

Jun 23, 2018 08:44 AM #28
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Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker ABR, GRI

My bags are packed and I have a dump truck full of popcorn. On my way to watch\!!!

Jun 23, 2018 08:45 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
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Thanks, Kat Palmiotti .  I'm not really qualified for the job but I can have an opinion, right?  LOL

Jun 23, 2018 08:45 AM #30
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Carol Williams
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Hi Rob D. Shepherd ,
Are you bringing 1.3 million of your closest friends for the show? 

Jun 23, 2018 08:47 AM #31
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Carol Williams
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Hi Stephen Turner ,
Your key sentence:
"...they need to become relevant, powerful and dominant influence again."

Jun 23, 2018 08:48 AM #32
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Carol Williams
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HI Richie Alan Naggar ,
That's my motto! 

Jun 23, 2018 08:48 AM #33
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Carol Williams
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Hi Chris Ann Cleland ,
How did they get so far off base and out of touch with the membership?  It baffles me. 

Jun 23, 2018 08:49 AM #34
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Carol Williams
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Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, 
Oh No.  They can't sabotage me.  The rules of the game are that I have total control.  What I say goes.  And who I say goes.... goes, without so much as a wimper. 

Jun 23, 2018 08:51 AM #35
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Carol Williams
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Hi Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA ,
Yes, I like that rule too!  Let's do it!

Jun 23, 2018 08:52 AM #36
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Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Carol, I like the way you think. I'm a big fan of shutting down things that don't work. I do that with my own business and marketing, and a big operation like the NAR must have a lot of waste.

Jun 23, 2018 04:50 PM #37
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Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

It all starts at the top.  An organization can be turned around with the right leadership.  Change is difficult and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  Look at GE.  Is the company going to be broken apart into pieces after all these years or will new leadership help the organization turn around?  It remains to be seen...with both organizations. Time will tell.

Jun 24, 2018 06:08 AM #38
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Carol Williams
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Hi Mike Cooper ,
I can't figure out why NAR keeps needing more money when they are so ineffective with what they already get. 

Jun 24, 2018 06:50 AM #39
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Carol Williams
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Hi Matthew Klinowski, PA ,
As in most cases, it appears leadership IS the problem.  That's where the change needs to start for sure. 

Jun 24, 2018 06:52 AM #40
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Jan Green
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HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I agree with Matthew.  Organizations feel the heartbeat of who is at the helm.  Simiply put, they survive and work around the mantra of the CEO.  Having formerly been the wife of a manager I can attest to that work ethic and how it relates to employees and an organization.  Strong leadership, common sense guidelines, and a pulse on what's important for employees are all critical elements in running an organization.  Great thoughts Carol!

Jun 25, 2018 10:48 AM #41
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

When we look at any business and find they are not functioning at optimum, we must first go to the top. It is the top position's responsibility to monitor and guide.

I like your approach to have each department justify it's existence. That should go for each employee.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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