Friday, February 26, 2010

The Old 'Do As I Say'

"Just pick up that phone!" "Get to ALL the conventions that you possibly can!" "Here's all you need to do"

Heard those in your NM career?  Wise words, to be sure. Have you told your downline things like this? Great.

The real question is, are you walking your talk? Are you picking up that phone and making calls? Are you getting to conventions? Are you doing all you need to do?

I remember when I worked for corporate America, I worked for two kinds of employers. One was the 'boss' that told us what to do. He delegated, but never would any of us employees catch him in the warehouse where it was cold and dirty, helping out with the staff on a large order that needed to go out that day.

The other was an employer, that had told me, 'I won't ask you to do anything that I'm not prepared to do myself.'

That was his truth, and he walked it. Every now and then he would be helping the staff with whatever needed to be done. He had the experience of doing it. He knew what it felt like. He had walked through the experience.

Same thing with NM trainers. If they are telling you, 'what you need to do is parties!' and haven't done one in their NM career, how are they going to help me?

Don't get me wrong, I don't expect everyone to do parties continually throughout their career, however, if someone tells me 'do this' I expect that they have done it. Otherwise, how would they know?

Same with making calls. Telling me to pick up that 90lb phone without having done it themself, how are they going to help me?

Look at what you are suggesting to your downline, and see if you've done what your expecting of them. Have you attended your company's corporate convention? No? What about talking to two people a day, while out and about. No? How, then do you expect others to overcome their fears and hesitations if you can't?

Only by walking through the fear itself, can we help others walk through it as well.

Or do you think otherwise? Do you think you can teach without having the direct experience? I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.




Kim Williams said...

a boss tells people where to go. a leader takes them there.

solid post. AND, thanks for visiting over at my place!

Jhanna Dawson said...

Kim, you said it beautifully, thank you.

And, your blog is an oasis for any soul to relax, and soak up the personal and insightful entries. Thank YOU for allowing me to visit.