Interesting title coming from a Redneck, don’t ya think? So let me tell ya’ all where I’m goin’ with this.

First, let me get this out front so there is NO MISUNDERSTANDING.

What follows is not a knock on TimTech or CTP Teams one bit. Not even an inckling of a knock. It is an outstanding program and as an owner, I take full advantage of leveraging CTP for my own business.

Ok, so that is out of the way. I recently handed over leadership of my CTP Team and left the team altogether. Why? Well, ethics. That’s right, ethics. As an owner, being a Team Leader creates the potential for an ethical dilemma ย or a conflict of interest.

How so? Well, I have badges at TERL. A whole lot of badges. What would prevent me from making those badges exclusive to my TEAM. That could create an advantage. It may not be against rules, but it could be considered unethical. On that same token, I could prevent other teams from gaining rewards when they actually achieve what is being promoted. The same could be said for the occasional badge hunt. An individual, or owner, could purchase a badge, hoard it so that no one else will claim it, and then go out and get the rest out there, thus guaranteeing the grand prize. Once again, this may not be against the rules, but could be considered unethical. The same with Giveaway XP.

So, and this is my personal position…if you are an owner of a business, work for a business, or use the promotions of another business in which there is a competition in which those participating can win prizes, whether it be cash or non-cash prizes, in order to prevent or remove any doubt of inappropriate possibilities, those individuals should not participate in those competitions and/or promotions.

We’ve all heard the commercials for contests that say “Employees or family members of employees are not eligible to participate.” There is a reason they do this…. it’s called CYA or “Cover Your Ass”.

Ok, so….that being said. I’ll let the members have the fun. I’ve got my business to run and I’ll develop new features that will provide the members more opportunities.

As for the rest of you owners out there….I CHALLENGE YOU TO BE SO BOLD!

And for you members out there participating, keep it up! It’s you members that keep our businesses going. Without you, we’d all have to shut our doors.

Peace Out!!



  1. Corina says:

    Very good points there, no doubt. The way I see it, there are 3 ways to deal with the ethics issue…
    1. Make use of the ‘Everything is allowed in love and war’, as an excuse to forget about the ethics and live with it, if you can.
    2. Stay true to your principles and play fair, as cheesy as it sounds. You might not win the top spots, and you accept the fact that not everyone plays the same way. (e.g. Check the flags, Legacy team owns loads of badges, hardly any of them are flagged by the CSN team, not a single one has been given away to the team, nothing kept exclusive).
    3. Step out, focus on other things, like Robert said, and let the others worry about all that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Shane Bost says:

    I agree 100%

    I did not start a team for a while for exactly this reason… I do feel like it is a great “branding” opportunity to have a team with your company name though. In the future I would like to see my team grow and develop a few leaders that could step up and take over.

  3. Tom Wacker says:

    How to be Robert. I think ethics is a perfectly red neck topic, and you covered it well. Thank you.

    And the fact that you are excited to do more for your business makes me excited for the possibilities.

    Good luck to Carl and the TERL team.

  4. Nick Grimshawe says:

    Great article, and thanks to Tom for directing me here. Ethics is one of the cornerstones of life, I believe, so I applaud your decision. I recently left the team I created for a different ethical reason. I just felt I didn’t have the time to devote to my team in a way that would be fair to the hardest working among them. We tried running the team with me in the background but that just didn’t work either. It was a harder decision than I imagined to actually pull the plug on the team…but sometimes the right thing to do is release with love and let go.

    Nick Grimshawe

  5. Glen Palo says:

    One of my pet ethical peeves is the list owner who promotes a new program with an email ad that says something like “I earned $2,348.95 in 48 hours”without bothering to mention the fact that their list has 300,000 members. The ad makes it sound like anyone can make some big amount of money in 48 hours. I just looked at one of my gmail accounts for an ad with that kind of subject line and sure enough it was from the person I thought.

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