You’re a great teacher! Now, can you teach the teachers?

You studied hard and you have become a great teacher in your MLM business. Now it’s time to teach the teachers!

Becoming a Great Teacher

When you join a Multi-level Marketing (MLM) business, the first thing you need to do is learn how to teach others to do what was done to you. How do you do that?

5 Things to do and become a great teacher.

  1. Attend the regular business briefings.
  2. Attend the regular training sessions.
  3. Attend the special monthly/quarterly/annual events.
  4. Seek opportunities for personal development.
  5. Read 10 pages of a good book every day.

The main reason to join a MLM opportunity is because they have taken the time to develop solid systems. Are you willing to follow the leader?

Live eventBy attending regular meetings and special events, you will be exposed to people who have traveled the path before you and helped to develop the ongoing training and tools provided by your company. You will be exposed to great leaders that you can model and learn from. The real challenge is that leaders have a hard time learning to follow. In order to have the next leaders follow your path, you need to show them how it’s done. 

To be truly successful in business, you need to leverage the efforts of others. The flip side is that you have to accept that others are leveraging you and that’s OK. Rather than resenting the success of those who have gone before you, watch and listen to how they developed their business. Ask them for advice and guidance. True leaders love to help others succeed. Will you let them help you?

Don’t just learn how to sell your product or service. Learn how to teach others to do what you did, just like someone did for you. Become a human developer. 

There will be naysayers and dream stealers in your path. Don’t let those crabs pull you down. Show your followers how to find their happy place and stay focused on taking their business to the next level.

Becoming the Teacher’s Teacher

You are a great teacher! Your business has some legs and your team is productive. Now, how do you take it to the next level? You become the teacher’s teacher.

Not everyone in your organization is going to be a great leader or teacher. Remember the 80/20 rule. Twenty percent of your team will produce eighty percent of your income. Conversely, the other 80% of your people will produce 20% of your income. This is where you need to understand how to apply leverage. When you create leverage, it buys you freedom.

Identify the 20% of your team that will be the next leaders. You will know them by their ability to be self motivated and their ability to stay positive. These are the people who are willing to learn and want to teach.

Find mentors and other human developers to work with you and help you teach the teachers. Develop that next group of leaders who you can help to achieve their dreams. Teach them to teach their teams to develop and grow their own teams. Pay it forward!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for each new sunrise. I’m thankful for the people who have touched my life. I’m thankful for opportunities to grow.

What are you thankful for today?

 


 

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You show great leadership! Is your leadership unbiased?

Great leadership is as unbiased as possible. In order to demonstrate that, we need to recognize our own biases. I’m willing to bet you didn’t think you had any. I know I do. How do we manage that?

What do you mean I’m biased?!

I have yet to meet a leader without bias. That doesn’t mean they let bias get in their way or cause tension and harm for others.

social-media-550766_1280We all view the different world through different lenses. Your lens is a filter based on your individual life experience. Some examples may be, and these are only a few:

  • Birthplace
  • Culture
  • Socioeconomic
  • Faith
  • Education

The combination of your life experiences create personal bias. What we do with them makes a difference and we need to recognize how those biases change as we learn and grow. This directly affects our leadership whether it’s conscious or unconscious. Great leadership pays attention to the tension.

Birthplace

What does where you were born have to do with anything? Consider someone born in a very cold climate like northern Canada. When you live somewhere that it’s difficult to grow fruits and vegetables, it’s likely  your diet will contain a lot more fish and meat. Your body will likely need more food to assist with being in a more physical environment and help you stay warm. You will develop a bias to a higher protein diet. Move to Mexico and you’ll have a harder time finding meat. I suspect you will think they are crazy for some of the things they eat. That’s a bias.

Culture

With our global community today, we are exposed to many different cultures. Some are political based. Some may be more affected by faith and physical environment. For example, my experience in Greece and Italy many years ago, was they place much more value on home and family than business or work. Could this be related to a great disparity between rich and poor? When people come here from other countries, I believe we are perceived as greedy money worshipers. That’s a bias, and maybe one of my own.

Socioeconomic

Family fighting over assets.We are lucky in North America that we have a much larger much larger middle class but there are definitely multiple divisions here and I believe we underestimate how that affects bias. I was driving in the neighbourhood where I grew up when my son asked “Dad, is this the ghetto?”. When I was growing up there, I never saw it that way and actually had a few discussions with my wife about it not being a bad neighbourhood. Thinking back, there were multiple gangs, vandalism and times when most people wouldn’t even consider walking some of those streets late at night. Because of where he grew up, he would not likely consider that neighbourhood for his kids. He has a bias.

Where we raised our children is a very middle class neighbourhood. Their experience here means they expect a little more out of life. They see more opportunity. They don’t understand someone from a neighbourhood like where I grew up may not see the same opportunities because they believe they have more obstacles. That’s a bias.

Then there’s the rich. Some are born into wealth, others make their own. Each has a different perception of how the world works. Those born into wealth are less likely to relate to the difficulties that those in poorer families face in trying to change their life circumstances. People who create their own wealth have a harder time relating to someone who can’t see themselves becoming wealthier. Again, biases.

Faith

This is a tough topic and I hope I don’t offend anyone here. My observations are through my own filters and bias. Be kind with your words and help me learn so that I can change. Here it goes.

Catholic, Muslim, Protestant, Buddhist and Hindu are the only faiths that I have ever been exposed to and only in limited fashion. I personally am Roman Catholic and that definitely causes bias for me. I work to recognize that affect on my perceptions and decisions every day. My belief is that all have very similar core values and we are brothers and sisters in this life regardless of our recognized faith.

Faith is an oasis in the heart

I believe one of the greatest challenges is recognizing that not all people of any faith are perfect. If I were to accept all the stories I read, I wouldn’t trust anyone. I can’t accept that any faith but my own is bad. I heard a friend say one day that Christians should only associate with Christians. I was dumbfounded! How do we develop understanding and remove bias if we never expose ourselves to contradictory evidence? Wow, that was a bias!

Education

Have you ever noticed that someone with a university degree looks down on people with a college degree? A person with college education may look down on someone who never took post secondary education. The level of education of the people you meet can affect how you respond to them. Does your bias cause you to give less credence to the words of people you meet?

Is Your Leadership Unbiased?

We have natural instincts to protect ourselves. As people developers, that extends to protecting those who look to us for guidance. When faced with something we don’t understand, we default to past experience and use that to make a decision. The fault with that strategy is that every situation is unique. Before you let instinct take over, take a second to understand why you feel what you feel.

To ensure your leadership is unbiased, you  first need to recognize your own biases. How does this make you react to opposing views and values? Does this cause you to become either defensive or offensive? Why?

personal-885548_1280Now that you understand your own bias, do a check in with someone you trust. Seek their advice and ask about their bias. You may need multiple trusted advisors in your inner circle to accomplish this. Different backgrounds, faiths and even opposing values can lead you to better understanding of the issues facing you and how to take the next best step.

People are looking to you for unbiased leadership. I know you are a great leader. Do you?

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for diversity. I’m thankful for opportunities to grow. I’m thankful for my belief in people.

What are you thankful for today?


 

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CLICK HERE for an opportunity to learn and grow while protecting your family and maybe even making a little money.

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Do you hear what I hear?

Probably not.

What did you hear?

We were at Connexus yesterday and the minister was speaking about “serving”. He made references to servant leadership. His best example was Jesus Christ. There was no greater servant leader.

I found it very interesting when we visited friends after church and the discussion about the message came up. My wife was telling them what she heard in that message. That’s when I realized that she heard the message very differently than I did. Neither of us is wrong in what we heard, just different. This drove home how important it is to consider how others may hear your message.

Delivering your message.

teacherThere is not necessarily any reason to change your delivery. Just be aware of the possible reception and the resulting reactions. Sometimes we deliver a difficult message and the receiver is filtering through their own life experiences. That may result in a drastically different result than your original intent. This blog may very well be a good example. Some will react to mention of Jesus Christ. For some it will be positive, for others, not so much. Some may draw a connection to a past blog and think it’s a reference to that message. Not really, but it can happen.

I’ll take this opportunity to say that these blogs are my personal thoughts and musings. My intent is that you may find some comfort or learn something from my thoughts. When either of these happen, then I have achieved one of my life’s greatest goals. That is simply, to leave the world a better place than I found it. May God bless you and keep you safe.

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for unconditional love. I’m thankful for freedom of expression. I’m thankful for soft boiled eggs!

What are you thankful for today?

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