Come On Jerry
Is it really just about the money for your brokerage? Real estate offices are like nursery schools. There’s no way I’d volunteer to manage all those whining babies who throw tantrums to get their way. You know the ones. The Prima Dons and Donnas.
With the contracting of the market comes the downsizing of offices all over the nation. Decisions have to be made about the way to run the new version of the old office. Should we keep that money-making batalacks who runs through the office like a town crier wreaking havoc in the township?
The House Is On Fire
Agents spread rumors like a Malibu wild fire. If you have a pyro in your midst they’ll fuel every rumor and that match-lighter will ruin the morale of an entire office in one quick burn.
It’s usually – not always – the money makers who are the trouble makers. Some people just have an innate need to be a jerk. Although Napoleon thinks he’s displaying his superiority we all know he’s an insecure moron. (paragraph 4)
I’ve been with the same brokerage for ten years. I complain about it occasionally – who doesn’t. Before I switched to the San Mateo office a few years ago, I was a happy camper working in Peyton Place, Pacifica. The office was open territory to every conversation, no matter how private. We were a happy, though dysfunctional, family.
But then there was Don. Don was a long-time, very successful agent who had an insatiable, unquenchable need to tell everyone how successful. We heard about everything from his extravagant trips to his multi-thousand-dollar suits. Although no one cared – see paragraph 4.
He was loud and offensive. Management looked the other way. His business practices were questionable. Management looked the other way. He was rude to staff. Management looked the other way. He sexually harassed other agents – made inappropriate comments among other outrages. Management looked the other way. Agents threatened to leave. But Don was a money maker – and a big one. So management always looked the other way.
That one guy could get the whole office in a firestorm and walk out the front door like he didn’t even sniff sulfur.
Then one day he burned his last bridge.
Do What’s Right Or Take The Money?
During a time of major backfires offices have tough decisions to make. Dons and Donnas are nothing new to real estate. But how you and your office deal with them could make the difference between your success and your failure. Don’t get burned.