Over the years I have been asked many times how large The FENG could get before “law and order” breaks down. By law and order breaking down I am talking about a point in time when we can no longer count on our members to treat each other with respect.
Respect comes in many forms. We all take a leap of faith when we post job opportunities. Are members really going to follow “qualified members only?” Will I be embarrassed when I next speak to the recruiter I have coaxed to post with our network?
Just as important, will we reach a point in time when networking phone calls no longer get returned? Or worse yet, when calls offering assistance no longer get returned? (Now that is a puzzling turn of events!)
My answer has always been that I thought it would all fall apart after we reached 100 or so members. The key to the success of The FENG has always been the respect with which we treat each other and each other’s business connections.
Have I seen examples of members not being thoughtful of each other? Friends, with 40,000+ members we are all bound to have experienced some degree of thoughtlessness. The math is simply not in our favor.
The question is not whether or not it exists, but rather whether or not each of us on an individual level is going to allow the bad behavior of others to affect our own personal behavior. Just because we suspect others are not being responsible in some manner is not a valid excuse to misbehave. To deserve being called an august body places a tremendous burden on all of us individually.
I for one will continue to behave as if I knew each of you on a very personal level. I will always want you to trust me and I will always want to trust you.
If each of our members conducts themselves in this manner, there is no limit on how large we can grow and still deliver the friendship each of us would like to believe exists in this world.
Friends sponsoring friends have grown this organization to 40,000+ members over the past 20+ years. We have members who have worked side by side. We have members who have sponsored fathers, sons, brothers and cousins, neighbors and acquaintances.
As you go about your day to day activities always keep in mind that the trust of others is what has made The FENG into the best networking group in the entire world. (There I go again being modest about our achievements!)
Keep the faith. The rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.