From the October 2021 issue of Direct Selling News magazine.
IT IS OCTOBER—AND CHANGE IS IN THE AIR. My favorite season is here. The weather is changing, and the leaves are turning. Everywhere we look, we can see change. One of my favorite quotes is by Nolan Ryan—“Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt only. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.”
Our cover story, Women (Not) in the Workplace, takes a look at the great resignation that is occurring with women in the workforce. Savvy direct selling companies should take a look at this moment and examine this historic opportunity.
Our feature story, Protect Your Company from Downline Raiding, gives you tips and a plan for what to do when change happens and you are faced with distributors departing due to downline raiding.
Gordon Hester gives you an in-depth look at Navigating Change for Legacy Companies. He gives you charts and insights from over three decades of experience in the channel. Hester offers steps on how to understand and overcome the fear of change, and lessons and insights that will help companies take the steps needed for outstanding leadership.
We are excited to have two company features this month. First, read the feature on Jordan Essentials to discover how 2020 brought change, and a hybridizing of the Old School Party Plan helped propel Jordan Essentials into their best year ever.
Our second company feature is on Zyia Active. This exciting company, led by Erin and Jeremiah Bradley, is building a community of women where uplifting each other is as important as any product they share. Zyia Active operates on four pillars or priorities that continue to inspire the Bradleys and their team today: community, activity, uplift and light.
Our annual Best Places to Work nominations are coming in. Best Places to Work in Direct Selling celebrates the important role companies play as employers in the marketplace and highlights companies setting the bar for establishing and nurturing work experiences and environments that bring out the very best in people. The company nominations are open until October 22.
Our Fall Direct Selling University event also experienced a change. It is now an all virtual event, with new dates from Monday, October 18—Thursday, October 21. Learn from 25+ speakers representing more than $20 billion in revenue and billions in year-over-year growth! The event is still free for all active corporate direct selling executives.
At Direct Selling News, we endeavor to be a source, resource and thought leader for the entire direct selling channel.
At this time, I wanted to share with you that I will be embarking on a personal change of my own. I have loved my time with this publication, the many people that I have been introduced to and the stories that we have been able to share. I know DSN will continue to be a guiding source in the channel, and I look forward to DSN’s continued growth.