Everyone has lost something in their life. Even if this is not a person, it could be leaving a place like the home you grew up in or losing your dearly loved pet. You know how that feels. You have gone through the 5 Stages of Grief mentioned in Turning Grief into Success in Network Marketing. As a leader of a network marketing team, you will be called upon to support your team members when grief strikes them.
For the person experiencing the loss, her life is often put on hold. She stops recruiting, duplicating, leveraging and even leading. The momentum she has built begins to slow and may even stop completely. Every mountain biker knows that losing momentum is the worst thing that can happen when you are riding. That is why they hate stop light or signs and definitely traffic. It is all about keeping on the move.
So, as the leader for this network marketer, what specifically can you do to keep the momentum going and support her through her grief? You have learned the 12 steps of The Art of Herding Cats: Leading Teams of Leaders. This is definitely about several of steps in the program.
You might have put in place a contingency plan for when someone has to step out of the business for whatever reason. This has now been triggered. What do you do? You could continue to work with her existing team to ensure they are continuing to move forward. You could work with her prospects to keep the recruiting on track. You could also delegate phone calling for her to other team members who have great phone calling skills. You could take on a presentation or party that she had planned and bring those who attend into the team. If you can, find out what would be the most supportive for you and the team to do. What else could you do as the leader of this team to keep the individual and the team moving from grief to success? A key insight is to respect the fact that she might say that she just wants time away from the business and to let it go fallow for that time. Whatever actions are taken will be perfect for her and her business.
Grief is a time that tries the soul. It can eat away at the person grieving and stop any productive action. As the leader, you must lead. I know that sound obvious, and you must have action plans in place to keep the team motivated; to keep them for falling off the path as well. It is so easy to do. Yet, as I said, respect the wishes and desires of the team member. She might just want to walk away for a while.
I teach The Art of Herding Cats: Leading Teams of Leaders for just this purpose. I want you to have created such a compelling vision for yourself, your team and the individuals on the team, that you know the accomplishments required and how to stay on track when life gets in the way. Join me and take the first steps to having a team that builds momentum and supports anyone when struggling even when she has to step away for a time. You can make a difference in her life. The world is waiting for you – Be Courageous, Dare2Lead!
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Linda Patten, MBA, BSN, RN has over 30 years of experience leading women to success in building and achieving their dreams. She turns networking marketing women from product sellers to leaders of highly functioning teams. To learn more about her innovative programs, click on Contact Us.