CSG Law Attorney Francis J. Giantomasi Featured on Steve Adubato’s Lessons in Leadership with Co-Host Mary Gamba on News 12+
Francis J. Giantomasi of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC (“CSG Law”) was featured on Steve Adubato’s Lessons in Leadership with Co-Host Mary Gamba on News 12+ on March 19 where he shared his perspective on the law, family and leadership as well as the firm’s move to its state-of-the-art, 120,000 square foot headquarters at 105 Eisenhower Parkway in Roseland, New Jersey.
“We were committed to (staying in) Essex County, Steve,” Giantomasi said. “We were going to relocate from West Orange, but we would not move to Morris (County) or any other county, so the search was a little difficult.”
The firm put together “a serious package of improvements and renovations” for the former site of Arthur Andersen’s global headquarters, Giantomasi said, with the aim of meeting the needs of an ever-growing employee and client base.
“Everybody loves it,” he said. “You think you’re in a tech headquarters. It’s really, very modern and follows all the new (updates) we read about post-COVID.”
Giantomasi said the firm built the expansive new headquarters when so many are going remote because they believe a physical location “is an integral part of the new normal.”
“We built approximately 45 huddle and conference rooms, all Zoom capable. We don’t have a telephone anywhere in our office. They’re gone. We’re on a complete Zoom platform,” Giantomasi said. “We’re recognizing and respecting what you’re talking about, but we also believe that a business our size – if you don’t get people back, if you don’t create that connective membrane that was there, if (employees are) just tethered together by a paycheck and a virtual existence – you don’t have a business.”
He continued: “And so we bet on, and we bought into, a return to work, but we changed and adapted and morphed it into a new semi-virtual, semi-present return to work.”
And part and parcel of that investment, Giantomasi said, is the firm’s commitment to its entire team – not just the attorneys but the support staff as well.
“I will tell you that we have a motto here at the firm – it’s family first – and that’s for real,” he said. “We don’t just talk it, we walk it. So, we tell people all the time, come forward with your family dynamics, whatever they may be that are challenging you, or that need us to pay some special attention to your moment in time, or if you’re changing your living existence and we’re going to support you.”
He continued: “I learned a long time ago that using the word ‘leader’ means that you have to show the team that you care. And you have to care. If you’re faking that you care, you’re not leading, you’re failing. We do care.”
To view the entire interview, please visit here.