In his juicy blog post, And the curious shall lead us, Nicholas Carr relates how Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, suggested at Google Press Day that “experts and particularly expertise will transition in our lifetime from learned information to learning information.”
In other words, the willingness to learn new stuff will trump already learnt (existing knowledge) as a desirable quality of our experts and leaders…
This doesn’t bode well for network marketing’s duplication-nation promoters.
They ask for new members to be teachable, so they can “duplicate.” However, what are they being taught? If the “already learnt” things don’t work long term, why do they keep teaching these things?
102% drop out rate. So said the president of the DSA one day (because many people sign up for more than one company and drop out of all of them).
It’s ironic that “be teachable” is one of the first qualities recruiters ask for in future network marketers. And then they’re made to learn recruiting and sales methods that are already known failures for most people (e.g. “Go out and share the product and opportunity with everyone you know.”
Instead of asking for people who are teachable and teaching them the same old same old, how about we ask for people who are curious and who are willing to experiment with new ways of selling and talking to people?
Do we dare let loose the actual practitioners to try out new ways of talking to people in the marketplace, so the curious among them can perhaps help reinvent our business from the bottom up?
Since curiosity to learn new things doesn’t seem to be coming from the top down, yet?