Referrals / Introductions
There are companies that use incentives like referral programs when people pass referrals that get business. If any company wants to offer incentives for referrals that is their choice. There is no IBO rule that prohibits giving incentives.
It is IBO corporate policy to not accept any referral fees, gifts or other rewards from members for any referrals or introductions that are given. IBO employees are prohibited from receiving anything monetary for giving out referrals that lead to business. IBO does not give discounts or referral fees as we feel it goes against our core beliefs. IBO hopes members would want to refer to IBO to enhance the organization which will in return help everyone.
Asking for anything monetary goes against IBO’s idea of freely receiving referrals without the feeling of having to pay for them. Everyone should be focused on passing referrals with the idea that others will pass referrals to them.
Incidentals: Excess maintenance money is used by the team for things outside the breakfast as well. Some examples but not limited to are listed below.
There have been members who don’t eat breakfast. Reasons given:
This is a choice the member has made and we (IBO) do respect their decision. As the diner would not want a group of people who come and spend 1.5 hours in their establishment without compensation an exception cannot make for any individual.
Transferring to a different IBO Team
Change business focus on a team
An existing member does not have the first right of refusal for a category opened when a member leaves; or to pick a new business focus they feel suits them. All vacant categories will be filled the same way a category is filled when a new member is joining. Any existing member can request to interview for the open seat. All individuals will go through the interview process and the leadership will decide the best candidate for the vacancy. The leadership also has the authority to decide that the current candidates are not qualified and the team needs to continue to look for an appropriate candidate.
By giving the first right of refusal to a current member serves the member and not necessarily the team. Automatically giving the seat to a current member who requests it removes both the leadership team and the membership from the selection process. Some members in the group may agree with the move and others may not. This is why the leadership has the authority to choose the person for the category.
This highlights another reason why creating solid relationships within the team are so important. There is a good chance the membership will not propose another person for a category if the current member looking to fill the vacant seat has attended meetings, has an outstanding referral record and established solid relationships with other members.
If anybody feels the leadership is not working in the best interest of the team they should address their concerns to IBO corporate.