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How did I get to where I am today?  It really was a very logical progression and I am now doing the best of was I did in previous careers.

I started my career out of college on the Sears executive training program.  The purpose of the program was management development to be an eventual VP.  It worked on a good principle which is now endorsed by the Center for Creative Leadership.  Creating leaders is 70% challenging assignments.  After my training in New Brunswick I was assigned as manager of boys wear in Huntington Long Island.  I learned so much about merchandising more by making mistakes my first year.  After 2 1/2 years I was promoted to another assignment that involved inventory management for a group of stores.  Then 2 1/2 years after that I became Personnel Manager of the White Plains NY store.  Here again I made plenty of mistakes my first year.  Point is I learned from those challenging assignments and they shaped me.  After 10 years with Sears it was time to leave.

I took a job at a high end wholesaler of home fashions.  They had great growth and they needed personnel (now HR) processes.  I had great success there over many years.  I was their HR guru.  After 2000 the business model was declining and I left.  I held a number of other short term HR assignment until I became Chief HR Officer of the Briad Restaurant Group.

TGIF ConferenceThis is a picture taken at a TGI Friday's Conference in Las Vegas in 2007 with my two HR directors and my two management recruiters.  This was another challenging assigment with not nearly as many mistakes because of the great team you see here. 

Enter great recession 2008!  I left Briad and was ready to have my own business which I have had since 2009.  I work on leadership development, strategic focus and planning, employee engagement, and customer loyalty.  My previous experience led me here but, of course, I continue to learn and aquire new tools.

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoyed reading your story, and the progression into your own firm.  Wishing you continued mega success.  A

Oct 16, 2019 01:36 PM #4
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Grant Schneider what an interesting history!  I remember working at Sears in HS and we had a great leader in the mgmt program.  I didn't realize how comprehensive a training program it was.  What a great way for you to learn and grow right out of college.  I bet you love having your own company now!

Oct 16, 2019 02:21 PM #5
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Grant.

You certainly had an interesting career.  Mistakes, makes us stronger, as long as we don't make the same one twice

Oct 17, 2019 01:36 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Jeff - glad I got a chance to share all of it.

Brian - in 2006 there were many more and we had a regional office at Camelback Road.

Nina - yes, it was a learning process.

Ron and Alexandra - thank you.

Anna Banana - the job rotation was great development.

James - exactly!  Learn don't repeat.

Oct 17, 2019 03:12 AM #7
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I was at grand opening of TGI Friday. It was an out door meeting chicks eatery. 63rd street and some east side street stood with cute chicks.....  I just looked up they were many flight attendents live there.  Airlines did not hire grandmas then.

Sam Shueh

Oct 17, 2019 06:01 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sam Shueh - that is exactly where it all began.  Yes the bar for the airline stewardesses.  The concept that he founded was sold to Carlson Restaurants Worldwide and it has always been know as the fun bar!

Oct 17, 2019 08:36 AM #9
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

You've had an interesting journey Grant, and I enjoyed reading it. Hey, I remember the Sears in Huntington. I recently read that they were converting it into a movie theater and a gym!

Oct 17, 2019 11:54 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Grant, I knew some of your back round and it has been a interesting journey for you.  Make it a great day!


Oct 18, 2019 07:56 AM #11
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Grant - my "adult" career started in high school in a drug store and transitioned to department store retailing in and after college.  In those days, training led to many career paths and it seems that is true for you as well as those building blocks proved successful as skills were learned and mastered.  

Oct 18, 2019 09:14 AM #12
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, thanks for sharing your journey and how you became the GURU and coach that many rely on!   Great job.

Oct 18, 2019 10:35 AM #13
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Grant, reading about your past jobs, I can see why you are a successful consultant and coach.

Oct 18, 2019 04:57 PM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Grant, I knew some of this from our phone conversations. Regardless, enjoyed reading about you and your past experiences. No wonder you are such a valuable coach today. D 

Oct 19, 2019 07:38 AM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Grant! Your consulting career has blossomed and I'm certain that every single experience you had in the past contributed to your success. 

I am a firm believer that we learn so much from those experiences - even the ones in which our 'bosses' left much to be desired. Those guys taught us how NOT to be in our businesses!!

Hope you and Phylis are enjoying the wedding festivities and the cool fall weather here in Charlotte. It was such a treat seeing you both again yesterday!

Oct 19, 2019 01:11 PM #16
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Grant Schneider ,

I loved your entry into the contest..there is no question your career blossomed because you continue to learn and acquire new tools and have a wealth of information to share.

Oct 19, 2019 04:35 PM #17
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

During my years at Rutgers, I got to know the New Brunswick Sears very well :)

We all make mistakes in our younger years - if you're not making mistakes, you're not learning. Love your story - thanks for sharing!

Oct 20, 2019 06:19 AM #18
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, we all like to read how you got started.  Heard you had a wonderful lunch with two Charlotte REALTORS.

Oct 20, 2019 07:03 AM #19
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

The Great Recession is when I changed careers too.  It was a real motivator.  Thank you for sharing your story.

Oct 20, 2019 03:40 PM #20
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Grant! I always tell my daughters that I expect them to make mistakes, and that I want them to make mistake. It's not easy to watch them do so at times, but I wholeheartedly believe that it will prepare them for an amazing life ahead. Where would we be had it not been for some (or many) of the mistakes we made in the past? 

It certainly sounds like that your mistakes propelled you forward and helped shape the life you get to enjoy today. 

Oct 22, 2019 08:07 PM #21
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Good to hear the story of the skill set, how you ended up doing what you do best... coaching!

Oct 25, 2019 08:06 AM #22
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - the time at Sears in The Big H shoping center was from late 71 to early 74.  Great memories including The Harbor Inn if it is still there.

Will - yes we share some of the same background.

Michael - those jobs are wonderful building blocks.

Joan - thanks I enjoyed the journey.

Rebeccca - it is all about learning assignments.

Debb - thanks.  Glad to fill in the blanks.

Debe - I was great seeing you and yes bad bosses are teaching experiences.

Dorie - life is a learning experience.

Wayne and Jean - I went in there recently.  What a difference.  Of course, that applied to Sears in general.

Joan - yes the lunch was great.  I know you were just there.

Raymond - it was a motitivater.  Fortunately, I was in a good condition.

Andrea - yes, tell them don't be afraid to make mistakes.

Andrew - thanks, it's been a great run.

Oct 27, 2019 11:35 AM #23
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