As a business owner or executive, you may think that no one can do anything like you can. You are successful, and you may even be isolated. You don’t have time to build a network of peers.
Now I don’t mean just any old network of peers. I mean a group of high integrity, stand-up guys and women who will watch your back – in your industry and in life.
I know, it takes time and energy to do this. You might not listen to me on why I stress this so much, so let me share the highlights of a most terrible situation and the most fantastic coming together of colleagues.
Someone, I’ll call “MJ” had been discovered on the Internet as a plagiarist. He took articles that many of my sales effectiveness colleagues (top names in the selling industry) have written and re-worded them, changed titles, and posted as his own on a blog in a very lame attempt to show them as his own work. He’s done this for some time.
One member spoke up, and a number of colleagues rallied around. The guilty party took the blog down and blamed it all on a horrid assistant who had done these dastardly deeds. Whatever. I moved on, but was impressed at how individuals stepped up to help both a peer and the group as a whole.
Time passed, and some in this group did follow-up checking and found this guy AGAIN stealing content. I was amazed – and in the email conversations flying back and forth with the same colleagues to cite where the stolen material had landed – something hit me:
I am VERY fortunate. I’m part of a group who will support me, as I support them.
It really IS a small world out there, folks. Be in integrity with your values – because if you aren’t – you won’t be able to hide it very well in the new world of transparency.
And thanks to MY supportive colleagues – they are not competitors, they are industry counterparts. You know who you are, and so will everyone else as I go forward to do more to support you as well.