Armonk, NY Real Estate News

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Doing the right thing or doing the right things is the hallmark of leadership.  Dave Thomas, founder of Wendys, had a number of statements that he instilled in all of his managers.  One of them was, "Do the right thing".  But other things have to happen in a successful business.  Things must be done right.   Both of these behaviors are required to lead a team or manage a business. In Doing Things Right you establish detailed steps and timetables for achieving needed results, establish structure, monitor results, and execute specific plans. On the other hand, Doing the Right Things includes establishing direction, aligning people, and motivating and inspiring people. In short, management (Doing Things Right) is important but will not succeed without leadership (Doing the Right Things). I...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
During this Independence Day weekend it might be appropriate to talk about leadership by recalling leadership quotes from some of our past military leaders. It is not surprising that many great civilian leaders that we have known have received their leadership lessons in the US military.  "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." -- Gen. George S. Patton "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."                -- President Dwight D. Eisenhower The leadership in the US Armed forces inspires and demands that each person does his or her very best. Now that doesn’t mean that everyone has to have a management style like Patton. Those were his traits. People with to...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
I can easily come up with five reasons and more reasons why I love where I live.  I love living in Armonk NY.  Armonk is in the Town of North Castle in Westchester County NY which is part of the Metropolitan New York Area.They say location, location, location and where I live is certainly great location for many reasons.  To begin with I live in walking distance to everything in town.  Our town is vibrant with an very attractive town center.  Here is the Armonk Town Sqaure, a new addition of shops to the downtown of Armonk.  This area is a great please to meet have a cup of coffee and do some shopping.  I meet many people for coffee at the Tazza Café along this row.  We can sit at the marble counter below or one of the tables, easy chairs, or outside.We have wonderful local community ev...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
I love living in Armonk, New York. This is a beautiful community that reminds you of a small in a rural setting while being a little more than one half hour from New York City.  Armonk is located in the southeast corner of New York State and borders Greenwich, Connecticut.In 1988, we were fortunate to find a custom builder to build home on a subdivided piece of land near the center of town.  Armonk was a prime choice because of the highly acclaimed Byram Hills Schools.  Although Armonk has outstanding schools the taxes "comparatively speaking" are not as high as the other neighborhoods with outstanding schools such as Scarsdale and Chappaqua.Our home is in a great neighborhood.  Neighbors get together for holiday functions and barbecues.  We have the beautiful Lombardi Park close by, i...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
    41 Photos Status: FOR SALE Price: $749,000 Move In Ready Address: 1 Gressel Place Type: Residential Style: Single Story Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Suite: Yes Living Area: 2,369 square feet Year Built: 1955 More Details Virtual Tour View Rooms Request More Info | Email Listing     Description Tastefully renovated Ranch in Armonk with huge guest apartment. The home is situated on over 3 acres of level property overlooking a pond. The main house itself offers 3 bedrooms with 1.5 baths plus a new eat in kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances leading to an over sized living room / dining room combo with fireplace. Door from kitchen out to large blue stone terrace in the courtyard. Full storage basement, with laundry and utility rooms, one car garage, plenty of additi...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
    41 Photos Status: FOR SALE Price: $749,000 Move In Ready Address: 1 Gressel Place Type: Residential Style: Single Story Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Suite: Yes Living Area: 2,369 square feet Year Built: 1955 More Details Virtual Tour View Rooms Request More Info | Email Listing     Description Tastefully renovated Ranch in Armonk with huge guest apartment. The home is situated on over 3 acres of level property overlooking a pond. The main house itself offers 3 bedrooms with 1.5 baths plus a new eat in kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances leading to an over sized living room / dining room combo with fireplace. Door from kitchen out to large blue stone terrace in the courtyard. Full storage basement, with laundry and utility rooms, one car garage, plenty of additi...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
I know that everyone has written their Memorial Day posts, the weekend is over, and everyone is back to work.  Well, actually not everybody.Memorial Day was originally celebrated on May 30th until Congress made it the 4th Monday in May giving everyone a three day weekend.  The day is a solemn day to honor all those who gave their lives in of of America's wars.  Sometimes that gets lost in the 3 day holiday.The Town of Armonk thinks so.  We observe Memorial Day on May 30th.  Since that is usually a work day it means beginning the parade at 6:30pm.  This year May 30th falls on a Saturday so ceremonies will begin at 11am.Politicians from the state will be there along with Town Supervisor Michael Schiliro.  The ceremony will take place in front of the American Legion Hall on Bedford Road ne...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Real Estate agents are teams of independent contractors.  But that does not mean that the team leader should let go to the point of disconnecting.  Why do you have a team in the first place--more success for all while building your brand.  An effective leader does not simply say you know what to do; if you have any questions you know where to find me.  Eveyone needs stucture.  In fact, many entrepreneurs have accountabily partners for just that purpose.  In order to have an effective team a leader needs to first put the structure and processes in place to assure the successful execution by others. In other words, an effective leader knows how to let go with confidence.  Let me share an example.I have a client who had built a very successful home services business. He did the sales and h...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Armonk NY is probably best known as the home of IBM World Headquarters.  To those of us who call Armonk home it is a beautiful community in which to live and raise a family.  Although Armonk has grown since I moved here in 1988, with only 4,500 people it is a small town within a metropolitan area.  It borders on Greenwich CT and is a 40 minute train ride from midtown Manhattan.  When you ask for directions to Armonk you will be told to drive up Route 22 and turn onto Main street at the Eagle.Armonk is actually a hamlet and part of the Town of North Castle.  The town of North Includes Armonk, Banksville, and North White Plains.  You can learn more about the town at this link. Residents of Armonk send their children to the top rated Byram Hills Schools.  It seem like almost every year one...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
The only thing constant is change.  If you stand still you are really going backwards.  Unfortunately, people spend most of their time reacting to change.  Figuratively, they are always driving the fire truck and putting out fires.  Don't wait until you see the train coming toward you to get off the track.  Instead build a new track.  Simply put, if you want to move forward you need to anticipate and get ahead of change.Why do people resist change? Why do people continue to do the same things although they are no longer getting the results they once achieved?Understanding the reasons people resist change can help overcome the obstacles to change and create real progress. So here are four reasons why people resist change and stay in the “Land of Status Quo.” The first is FEAR. Fear is in...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Hooray, Monday I hit a long term goal, that of getting a free Active Rain account.  It is funny how goal setting and goal achievement work. When my friend Debbie Gartner introduced me to Active Rain in 2011, I thought why not.  Let's see how blogging works because I want to stay ahead of the curve.  My first goal was to have a good profile with all the backlinks and then write some blogs. I wrote some articles and was more motivated when I was featured for the first time.  When I was featured it motivated me to develop some more ambitious goals including having my monthly charges reduced by hitting the first milestone.  With each 100,000 milestone the time to the next level was less as I gained momentum, engaged with lots of Active Rainers and saw the SEO benefits.My point-- set short t...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Engaged teams produce successful business outcomes including a loyal customer base.  This is just as true for employees as it is for independent contractors or agents.  And this leads to increasing sales and profits. The reverse is also true. Team members who are disconnected and have no passion for what they do are frequently not fully working in the business, are careless and make mistakes, and cost the organization its customers. Understanding what engages people involves connecting with them. We can’t make a universal supposition of what engages people. Instead, we need to understand the diversity of our workforce which includes gender, culture and the different generations.  Here is some information related to employees in an organization.  It is just as valid for Real Estate Teams...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Threading the needle of economic development is one of the most important things that Westchester County and local governments can do.  That was the theme of yesterday's Key Bank Speaker Series at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, NY.County Executive Rob Astorino lead off with his vision of economic development.  Geoff Thompson, Managing Partner of Thompson & Bender, then moderated a panel which included, Dr. Marsha Gordon, President/CEO of The Business Council of Westchester; Ron Belmont, mayor of Harrison; Mary Marvin, Mayor of Bronxville; Wilson Kimball, Yonkers commissioner of Planning & Economic Development; Robert Weisz, Chairman and CEO of RPW Group; and Tim Jones, Managing Member of Robert Martin Company.One topic mentioned was the need to attrach young Millennials to the County...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Success in sales requires you to stay focused.  As you grow however you start  to have many balls in the air.  Suddenly sales is not all that you have to worry about.  Now you need a balanced approach to management in order to obtain great business results. Why? You need it because your team will have multiple goal categories, goals and action steps. The flawless execution of these action steps will result in a loyal customer base. The end result will be more sales and profits. But how do you keep it all on track?The Balanced Scorecard, in my opinion, is the best way to stay focused on all of the organization’s goals and keep your staff on track too. Very simply a balanced scorecard is an ideal form of performance measurement. The business leaders identify a small number of financial an...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
  40 Photos Status: FOR SALEPrice: $769,000Move In ReadyAddress: 1 Gressel Place Type: Residential Style: Single Story Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Suite: Yes Living Area: 2,369 square feet Year Built: 1955 More DetailsVirtual TourView RoomsRequest More Info | Email Listing   Description Tastefully renovated Ranch in Armonk with huge guest apartment. The home is situated on over 3 acres of level property overlooking a pond. The main house itself offers 3 bedrooms with 1.5 baths plus a new eat in kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances leading to an over sized living room / dining room combo with fireplace. Door from kitchen out to large blue stone terrace in the courtyard. Full storage basement, with laundry and utility rooms, one car garage, plenty of additional parkin...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
You would not be driving your car if the wheels were coming off, would you?  You would call your local mechanic and ask for help.  Now suppose he tells you that your car is so badly misaligned that it should not be driven until it is realigned.  Wouldn't you get it realigned immediately?  Now what about your work team or your company?  Are you operating a business that is badly misaligned?Before the wheels come off your business, stop!  Ask yourself this question: “Have I clearly communicated the objectives, the goals, or our direction to our team?” If the answer is yes you are a focused leader who empowers engaged employees who in turn create loyal customers.  If you are not so sure here are some things to consider. Alignment starts with the focused leader. You may be the owner, the ma...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Unlike investing in the stock market, when hiring people past behavior does predict future performance. If you are not looking at behavior when you are interviewing you should be. Jim Collins and his team laid out the principle in the book Good to Great. It is as simple as “Getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.” It may be simple but it’s not easy. You will need to change the way you hire people.Here is a simple fact. I have found that many employers in Westchester County NY tend to make hiring decisions by looking at background in the industry, jobs held before, and job history. Many companies even do background checks. They spend a significant amount of time looking at a candidate’s skills and knowledge before extend...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
    30 Photos Status: FOR SALE Price: $769,000 Move In Ready Address: 1 Gressel Place Type: Residential Style: Single Story Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Suite: Yes Living Area:   Year Built: 1955 More Details Virtual Tour View Rooms Request More Info | Email Listing     Description Tastefully renovated Ranch in Armonk with huge guest apartment. The home is situated on over 3 acres of level property overlooking a pond. The main house itself offers 3 bedrooms with 1.5 baths plus a new eat in kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances leading to an over sized living room / dining room combo with fireplace. Door from kitchen out to large blue stone terrace in the courtyard. Full storage basement, with laundry and utility rooms, one car garage, plenty of additional parking in ...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
How do you really motivate others?  You lead others by making them do what you want done because they want to do it.  You know that it is said that you can bring a horse to water but can't make it drink.  Well, you can if you make the horse thirsty first. How do you get others to do what you want done.  You make sure that they know that there is something in it for them.  Understanding what motivates others will make you an effective leader. Here are leadership philosophies from two well-known management consultants. “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” —Peter Drucker “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” —Kenneth B...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
There is a difference between power and authority. As broker or business owner you have the authority by virtue of your role. However, your power is granted by those on your team or those you supervise. You may have noticed in your workplace that people without titles have been sought out by others for advice and approval. They have been granted power by others by virtue of their leadership skills not their job title. When working with leadership teams here in Westchester County NY I ask the question, "How much power do you have?" If you are not sure why not ask the people around you to give you some guidance. And if you have employees make sure you ask them.   Ask them what they feel is your biggest leadership challenge and what you can do to improve it. Asking others for their opinion...
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