Recently, Bob Stewart - ActiveRain talked about STEWARDSHIP in a comment thread and he's so right. Following is a partial part of his comment: "If you have a following on ActiveRain, you need to HOLD YOURSELF TO A HIGHER STANDARD. Having a big following (and there are a ton of you commenting on this that do) means that you take stewardship over the community as a whole. ..........Your actions reflect positively and negatively on ALL OF US."
Edit: Please read through the whole post before commenting...... (this isn't about negativity!)
Many posts have been written regarding something negative they see on this forum and I believe that ActiveRain members (as a group of peers in the Real Estate Industry on this forum) have the ability to utilize their creative talents in writing to create a pleasant atmosphere for new members and give them something to appreciate this forum with....not scare them away!
There are also people who just joined who are new in the industry and even the rest of us older members who have continuously wanted a place to just come and socialize, connect with peers in our industry, read and learn and give back to the community as well.
There is a fine line between being stating an opinion and jokingly (OR NOT) mocking other people in a public forum. I have continuously watched for the past couple of months the rumors that grow from assumptions. It has not been a pleasant experience for MANY of us. I continuously receive emails about the drama and all I keep saying is that we as a whole can recreate this experience in a positive light for the whole community to enjoy.
What part of ANYONE CAN JOIN this forum do some not understand? Go ahead and click on Members Only (like I'm going to do on this one) but realize that it DOES NOT EXEMPT anyone from the public reading it anyway. This forum and blogging experience does not exempt you from following laws and the guidelines of our industry or this forum.
They describe stewardship as:
The actions and decisions of other people represent the primary resource for occupations such as sales, management, or charitable organizations. In this sense, stewardship refers to managing and growing the relationships with these primary resources, people. Thus, encouragement, influenctial leadership, recognizing people, providing services, facilitative leadership, and conveying the impact that the person has made to the organization are elements of relationship stewardship.
- ActiveRain Success Stories is what it's all about!
- ActiveRain Community Support page has a bunch of articles to help guide you around the rain.
- Community Guidelines for ActiveRain will give you insight in how to be respectful and to guide you in your quest for a positive network experience.
- What we Stand For is ActiveRain's Weltanschauung guiding principles and philosophy of the ActiveRain organization.
We can thank ActiveRain and all they have given us by simply giving back to the community in a respectful manner and respecting others and their right of individuality. Write your ActiveRain Success Story or about how this community and your peers have positively affected you and your business. How ActiveRain helped you to connect with your peers, how ActiveRain is a place to make a few friends. The POSITIVE stuff.
**Leading by example. What's your story?**
**Edit: If you have a story....please write one....we need all the positive stories out there! Use success, community or whatever....just tag them with ActiveRain Success Story, ActiveRain Community Support etc. Click on the links above to look at the tags and stories.....Thanks!