Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)

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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

My question would be "Ms. Martha Stewart do you have any insider trade information you could share with me?"

Feb 24, 2017 12:32 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I found what Anna Banana Kruchten said to be quite interesting.  Many decades ago at a dinner party, there were 4 of us all in Sales:

  • Aerospace CEO selling Missile Defense Systems for gazillions of $
    A luxury car dealer
    A shop girl selling dresses
    Me, in Real Estate

It was fascinating to realize that we were each in the exact same business: meeting the needs of our clients!   So to make my short story long, my question would again be, "What do you think is the most important aspect of your job?"

Feb 24, 2017 10:59 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

How do you hire and inspire quality employees?

Feb 24, 2017 03:02 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I would like to know what they saw as a major turning point in their business for the good or the bad.

Feb 24, 2017 01:21 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

to attain that position, one needs to be "driven" and have hunger for "Power'.... do those characteristics ever become diluted? do they get old? does one eventually feel there's no where to go beyond that point and the "drive and hunger" fade away?  only three questions....close enough....they're all the same, just stated differently...

Feb 24, 2017 12:54 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS If you had to do it all over again, what is the first thing you would do?

Feb 24, 2017 12:32 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Do you think you are overpaid? Why? or Why not?

Feb 24, 2017 12:01 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Would love to know who the major corporation is but, what I always find most inspirational is when they share their failures - what they did wrong and how they built upon that mistake to actually turn the company into a well-respected corporation.

One can always learn from others' failures and successes and apply them on a smaller scale to our own businesses, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS.

Feb 24, 2017 10:59 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    What are you investing your money in?

Feb 24, 2017 05:39 PM
John Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate

Could your company Rely and Thrive solely on your knowledge of your target market, and acceptance of your product (or service) by that market - and divorce yourselves from your massive government lobbying efforts and resultant subsidies, tax breaks, etc.???

In other words: Could you survive by ceasing to be a Crony-Capitalist, and operate in a Free Market environment?  (the most recent COB I met was not with the most respected Fortune low-2 digit company)

Feb 24, 2017 02:56 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Interesting variety of answers but I do feel a CEO of a major corporation must have a goal that is always changing. My question would be how does he or she keep their eyes on a goal that is ever changing and do they constantly revamp their 2-5 year goal and what does that process look like?

Feb 24, 2017 02:02 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Think of the biggest personal failure that you've had & how did you learn from it or turn it around? 

On that personal failure, did you know it would become a pivot point then or years later when you looked back on it?

Feb 24, 2017 12:48 PM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

What are your dreams/aspirations...??
What scares the heck out of you...??
What holds you back/what propels you forward...??
What is the one weakness that keeps re-surfacing...??
What is your unique strength...??
What's your passion...??

For me, I'm not particularly interested in 'canned/rehearsed/trite responses' -
My ONE Question... What wakes you up and makes you feel alive...??

Feb 24, 2017 12:14 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

When did you first know you were an entrepreneur?

Feb 24, 2017 11:07 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Thomas I am with Nina Hollander on this one. I listen to big corporation conversations quite often as my husband is in the aerospace industry.  It is an entirely different structure and thought process than my small real estate company.

Feb 24, 2017 10:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Frankly, nothing much... I spent 20 years in the corporate world and worked very closely with numerous Fortune 500 CEO's. Guess I got whatever questions I wanted answered way back when. Now... they are not of much interest to me... a large corporation is very different from a sole practioner of real estate.

Feb 24, 2017 10:28 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

"What is your vision for the future of this company and how do you plan to make it into reality?"

Feb 25, 2017 08:18 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
Avant Garde Residential Management Services - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

great insight

Feb 25, 2017 07:07 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I'm a points scavenger ;)

"If there was one thing you could do over, what would it be?"

Feb 25, 2017 05:59 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Michael Setunsky nailed this one!

Feb 25, 2017 03:37 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I would ask the CEO if I could be put im touch with their relo department.

Feb 25, 2017 03:23 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS - how was your journey to this level?

How many failures did you survive?

What's your story, as Brian Buffini would ask...

Feb 24, 2017 11:09 PM
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

I'd ask who has been/is a mentor to them and how has that person impacted their life?

Feb 24, 2017 10:01 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I always want to know their big Why they are doing what they are doing and how it started. 

Feb 24, 2017 09:50 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Will you be my coach?


I have read many of the biographies, good knowledge gleaned from all.


btw, i wrote this answer just for points.;)


Feb 24, 2017 08:33 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Sorry, I'm not a scavenger, I follow you Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, CRS 

Feb 24, 2017 08:17 PM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Wanna go for a beer?

Feb 24, 2017 05:58 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Highly doubtful that a CEO of a major corporation could answer ONE question that would help me move my career forward.  

Feb 24, 2017 04:10 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I really like Susan Emo answer.    I think I would like to know what their style of management is.  We have always liked Jack Welch's style, and some of our favorite quotes are:  "Change before you have to" and, "control your own destiny or someone else will."   A

Feb 24, 2017 02:35 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Is there a 'fast track' for administrative ascension for  the lower staff?

Feb 24, 2017 11:16 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The closer you get to the office of the CEO the further from my reality they are. Eventually, they must morph from creator to manager to cheerleader. And if they were not being paid the big cheerleader buck, they may have a different story to tell. And since you specificly mentioned corporation, the talk would be about the morons in the board are more interested in counting pencils than investing in decoupling gravity or at least colored bubbles for kids.

I would ask 'The Donald' about the moment in his life when he knew he needed to march to his own drum and to at least the 3rd squeeze beyond that.


Feb 24, 2017 10:57 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I especially love Richard's answer, that would make our lives better!  

Feb 27, 2017 09:33 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'd ask the most burning question on ALL of our minds... what is their experience with water rights! 

Feb 25, 2017 01:21 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not need to ask this question.

Feb 25, 2017 11:36 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

What would of you done different in your first 5 years of working.


Feb 25, 2017 11:34 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

When you will be outsourced and replaced by someone with a turban? Aren't you ovepaid for what you do?

Feb 24, 2017 10:25 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Why don't you  talk to your people in the trentches and get the real scoop

Feb 24, 2017 05:56 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Most CEO's are not in the same realty as the working guy/girl. I think i would ask them if i could take over their re-locations. 

Feb 24, 2017 01:50 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

If the corporation is local, I'd like to land a contract to be the realtor of choice for their employees. Just like a relo company who has an agreement  with big brokerages and agents under the brokerages get the leads.  This will be between the company and myself under my broker.  I can then distribute the workload with my team.

Feb 24, 2017 12:55 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I dont think a major CEO would relate to my business.  I'm interested in things like delegation and scaling.  Once a corporation is a major one, they're already lightyears passed those problems and the CEO may not have been the one to have tackled those hurdles when they were there.  If they were the CEO from when the business was smaller, I'd ask how they implemented systems of delegation, and how they approached scaling,

Feb 24, 2017 10:55 AM