Social networking is a wonderful tool to build your business, but should direct sales leaders befriend their team members?
To befriend or not to befriend, that is that question. The answer is: It depends. This isn’t really a Yes or No question. Continue reading for perhaps a new sense of enlightenment and possible outcomes. Then you decide if it’s a good idea for you to befriend your team members.
I recently heard a self proclaimed expert encourage leaders to befriend their team members, and her reasoning was so that you could get to know what is going on in the lives of her downline. That is certainly one opinion.
I’m sure there are a few fans here of the TV sitcom, The Office. I am reminded of the episode when Jim was having a party at his apartment, invited all his co-workers, except his boss, Michael. He didn’t want the boss at the party for a variety of reasons, but mainly… because he was the boss.
Those who work outside the home, are you good friends with your boss? What about your boss’s boss? Does this person regularly share photos of grandma’s birthday party or of himself at the ballgame? Does she share with you her frustrations, her personal highs and lows? Perhaps for some of you, this is true. Though for many others, you do not socialize with the boss on your off time.
Some will argue that this is direct sales and it works a little differently than a “real job.” And for those who treat their direct sales business as more of a hobby or social network that statement above is absolutely true. Yet for those who run their business like a business, then direct sales absolutely is a real job. [Read more…] about Befriending Team Members on Facebook – Good Idea or Bad?