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September 6, 2007

Don’t Be A LINO

Appreciate David Houston for posting his response to the GroupLeads Challenge publicly here at the Funcave.

I believed it then...and I believe it now.

I think The Fisher’s Bridge: A Story from nearly a year ago pretty clearly outlines my ideas about community and what it really takes to make it happen.

To get down to brass tacks, it boils down to 2 things…

  • It takes people who care enough to actually get results
  • It takes people who aren’t asses to other people

Even since posting the GroupLeads Challenge less than 2 weeks ago, I’ve seen the brand-spanking new PALs mercilessly attacked before that program has even fully started, due to little more than what I perceive to be the petty jealousy of others…and it quite frankly makes me want to punch something.

How freaking stupid do people have to be? A major vendor starts an initiative for our community to give greater voice to things we’d like to see happen…and folks immediately start peeing on it like whiny little dogs.

I don’t ask any other Lead to run my group for me, nor would I ever in a million years presume to tell anyone else how they should or should not run their group. But I will tell you that for Alabama SMB I have been actively working, above all else, to forge…

Vendor relationships for group speaker/content/biz relationship opps

Why?

Because Alabama SMB wants that. They want to be involved. The members want to build their businesses by forging those relationships.

Why?

Because they are serious businesspeople, no matter if they are a solo practitioner or are a footsoldier in an army of employees.

Anybody else out there other than Alabama SMB members interested in forging those kinds of relationships with vendors? Show of hands, please.

GroupLeads, as an organization, has done exactly jack and squat in that particular area for Alabama SMB. Hands up if they’ve helped you and/or your group in that area. Anyone?

The amount of whining about how vendors don’t take SMB/SBS folks seriously is ludicrous. Don’t like being ignored? Then get serious about building the group. Instead of trying to fill every seat with crumb-munchers just to boost headcount, work to stock the group with quality folks who have the intelligence and the guts to tell a vendor, in a respectful way…

I appreciate you trying to reach out to me, but your program is just not working for me. I’d be happy to chat with you more about the reasons why, and some ideas I have that I think might improve your program, and benefit the both of us.

What wasn’t included in the XChange vid (which had absolutely zero to do with the GroupLeads Challenge, FTR) were any pictures documenting the fact that after speaking to vendors on behalf of my own company and its goals, I would immediately talk to them about Alabama SMB, including…

  • Who we are.
  • What we do.
  • The types of members we have.
  • Who I could talk to in their organization about coming to speak to us about their solutions, or some other relevant topic related to a business reason for technology, etc.

I can fully appreciate how hard it is to be the leader of a group. I’ve been at it since 2005. It’s grinding work, with little to no reward.

But part of the responsibility of being a leader is being the driving wheel. Come hell or high water.

If you aren’t able or willing to do that, then…

YOU = LINO aka LEADER IN NAME ONLY

Don't be a humbug. Get MAD, you bastidges!

No better than that guy behind the curtain. Maybe making lots of noise, flashes, whatever…even to the point of scaring the bejesus out of people. But, in the end, all amounting to neither jack nor squat.

|| posted by chris under community, opinion, rant || comments (3) || ||

3 comments »

  1. [...] try to stay out of pointless arguments and rants but eventually I get tired of ducking.  Chris Rue wrote a great blog this morning to vent his frustrations and offered some good insight into the viral negativity that seems to [...]

    pingback by SBSC & MSP Buzz » Blog Archive » What is a LINO? — September 6, 2007 @ 7:55 am

  2. Thank you Chris I do actually very much appreciate that post, it helped for me to understand more where you are coming from, and makes things clearer for me.
    I can feel your pain with building and helping the community to develop. It is a hard unappreciated job in general.
    My own story sounds similar to what you do and have gone through, just unfortunately I have not had the same success as yourself.
    I will agree with you on some of the other points that you have made, the SMB market is full of those that suffer from the Copernicus Syndrome, that expect the world to deliver them a viable business or community with little effort on their part. So I would actually appreciate your help in breaking some of these boundaries down in my own community, by hearing how you have been successful. How would you help others to see the value of supporting the community? And to become active in it? How have you helped cure those within your community that suffer from the Copernicus Syndrome? Some people just et it, others never will.

    comment by David Houston — September 6, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

  3. [...] voice, some may choose to be a community advocate, then some may choose to step forward and lead a user group.  I honestly believe that if you look inside yourself that you too have a [...]

    pingback by SBSC & MSP Buzz » Blog Archive » Community Leadership - What’s in it for me? — November 20, 2007 @ 8:50 am

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