Recent events prompt introspection and change
As I sit down to write this month’s publisher’s note, I find myself once again grateful to be in a position to bring you news and information important to your decision-making as leaders in this channel.
I’m grateful to bring you excellent reporting on the very bold statements made by several channel executives about the social movements happening around us, as you will read in our cover story this month.
I am grateful to share the opinions and voices of two people in this channel that I am privileged to call friends and mentors: John Fleming and Mona Ameli. John’s letter and Mona’s column in the Voices from the Channel section of the paper are insightful and quite hopeful for the future. Not surprisingly, listening with compassion is a common thread.
Additionally, another friend and role model, Connie Tang, contributes to our Quick Takes section on the topic of leadership and notes that compassion is actually a catalyst that compels action.
Listening, learning with compassion and taking action compelled by that compassion are certainly worthy goals, and I hope that this month’s content informs and inspires you to that end.
The FTC once again occupies a good number of our articles this month. Two current and one former employee of the Bureau of Economics at the FTC have recently published a research paper titled “The Alchemy of a Pyramid” that we have analyzed in our Risk Roundup segment. It seems clear to me that based on the assumptions put forth in this paper, the regulators would prefer to see all multi-level companies reduce themselves down to a model closer to a one- or two-level affiliate program. Take a look and see what you think.
Finally, we are thrilled to return to printing the hard copy of Social Selling News in addition to providing a digital copy and our online access. I hope you enjoy this issue. Remember you can change your address online if you’re still at home!