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This month topic is brought to us by L’Dene Bean of Nitpickin’s who asks: Why, and how did you pick your corporation? Is your loyalty solid or just until a better placed organization “recruits” you. The shorter version: Who holds your Unshakable Fealty and why?
They sat at the table in the station bar laughing over the past week. There had been the usual ups and downs that come with being in a corp or alliance and some of them had been new to the Smegineers.
“So let me get this straight. She was looking for a place to call home and stay and yet she was leaving her last corp because they had gotten wardecced?”
Kry nodded. “Yeah. Seems she doesn’t think that hisec corps should be caught in that sort of thing. It was ‘costing her isk’ so she was looking for someone else to run mining ops.”
“I had hopes for that one.” Mike sighed, ” She looked to e a good marathon partner for you.”
“Well, this is why we do the interviews. To try and find the ones that fit and spot the ones who are only putting on a face for the team. I am still sure we have a spy or two, but what can you do?”
Mike nodded, grinning. “I may be taking a couple of the new folks out missioning if they want to jack up standings a bit. I will have the a Hulk on site for the next mining op, as well. We do need some new blood, what with Bob heading for wormhole space along with Mar, Runnel is looking longingly towards nullsec. But the the kids do grow up, move away from the safety of the nest. I think that is what we are, in a way. A place for people to start out mining, missioning, and a home for some folks who want a retirement career.”
“Well, not totally safe.” Kry played with her drink, not making eye contact.
“What happened?” Mike asked with a low voice.
“I got an itchy trigger finger so I took a Jaguar out on into lowsec.” Kry admitted looking up with a wicked grin. “Found a retriever who actually watched me come into the belt and set up a tight orbit around him.”
“Scrammed and webbed him did you?”
“No! He could have gotten away anytime but he just ignored me and kept mining.” Her eyes flashed. “I won’t be ignored. So THEN I locked him up and he blew up quite quickly.”
“Thus ends her reign as queen of the carebears.” Mike leaned back and laughed. “Then what happened?”
“He and a bunch of his corpmates kind of took exception to what I did, they chased me for a few systems.” She laughed. “In Drakes.”
Mike sprayed the drink he had just taken across the table. They tried catching a Jaguar in Drakes? What did you do, wait for them at each gate?”
Mike laughed even louder. “So, they going to be hunting you?”
Her eyes flashed and a wicked smile formed on her face. ‘Oh I hope so.”
“Well when the time comes, send word and I will be ther ein something to help ruin their day.”
Why should you be loyal to a corp? Do they give you things in exchange for your love? We have a term for that.
Do they expect you to alter your sleep schedule to fit their CTA and Ops?
Turn the question around.
What do you do for your corp? With them? Why should they be loyal to you?
One of the other bloggers used the term fidelity. A slightly ancient term but it triggered the thought for me that loyalty should not be blindly given, it needs to be an exchange, a promise that both sides will be there when needed. You want loyal members? Make time for them, make sure you are the right corp for them to grow in, in whatever way they want to grow.
I do not know any of the people in my corp in RL as some of you do. But we are a close group of people tempered with what we think is just the right amount of caution. It works for us.
THAT is what it comes down to. Does it work for you and are the people you are dealing with? Then you have a good operation going. Is there mistrust, fear of betrayal and loss? Good, some of that is needed as well.
Like the title says. Gimme one reason to stay here.