Orrin Woodward is Jim Floor Version 2.0
Orrin Woodward must be a popular guy on the Internet; so far today, I’ve received 15 referral clicks to my article on the Supreme TEAM Leader. Over on his blog, Orrin receives much comment-love from his TEAM followers. The steady stream of comments, however, is very one-sided, however; there’s little in the way of dissenting opinions (though you can find the occasional critical comment if you look hard enough).
Back when I was in the business, INA leaders discouraged IBOs from going to websites critical of Amway/Quixtar, calling them “the bathroom stalls of the Internet.” They would say things like, “Some people have no better thing to do with their lives than to sit in front of the computer and type out lies about the business.” What we’ve learned over the years, however, is that many of these so-called lies are actually truths about the business.
Very few INA leaders then and today have blogs of their own, but if they did, I would expect to see the same type of blind loyalty that I see with Woodward today. Jim Floor certainly had a way with words, and IBOs would soak up everything he said and ask for more, more, more. Do Floor’s current followers know that back in 1997-1999 there were thousands more people attending his Major Functions than do today? What happened to them and why would they leave INA and the Amway opportunity? Knowing now that he sat atop the INA tools pyramid and was on the other side of the Genie deal, I see him primarily in the business of dealing hope.
From posts that I have read in the now-defunct original forum on The Truth About Amway, INA was about to join TEAM last year before the whole Woodward-termination scandal broke out. I recall many speeches that Floor and his Diamonds said about Amway/Quixtar being the best business opportunity there is. Times do change, and perhaps there are other opportunities better than Amquix today (I certainly believe that 100%). If they had joined TEAM only to quit a few months later to join MonaVie, there is no doubt in my mind that they would proclaim from stage that MonaVie is the best business opportunity out there.
What’s virtually identical is the tools and training system. The selling of hope is for all intents and purposes the same across these multi-level marketing organizations. A few words changed here and there, and a tape extolling the virtues of the Amway business opportunity turns into a CD praising MonaVie for providing the wonderful (Black) Diamond lifestyle.
There’s nothing wrong with having hope in one’s life. I would caution, however, the type of hope being taught and sold by organizations like TEAM and INA. It’s okay to have dreams and goals; ask yourself the question, “Whose dreams and goals am I fulfilling?” Yours or those of your upline leaders?
Amway was stupid to place the onus on teaching and training onto the System leaders instead of doing it themselves. What happened was IBOs became loyal not to the company but to their upline leaders. The corporation is trying to change all of this with marketing blitzes, more corporate-sponsored functions, and increased communication with IBOs, but I wonder if the damage has already been done. When push comes to shove, who are you going to believe? Your “kind and caring upline” who has your best interests at heart or the big, bad Alticor corporation who doesn’t really know what it’s like to build a business today?