INA Is Now Accredited
On The Truth About Amway, ibofightback reports that my former LOS, InterNet Associates is now an accredited organization with Amway Global. According to the company, Systems must follow these criteria to be approved:
- Providing a professional development curriculum that includes business-building, product training, and personal development components.
- Using professional development compensation plans that are transparent, written, and contractual.
- Engaging in communications that reflect compliance with the IBO Communications Platform.
- Demonstrating a commitment to best practices and ongoing education
- Being in good standing and complying with Amway Global’s Rules of Conduct.
Today’s post focuses primarily on points #2 and #5. What exactly does it mean by having a professional development compensation plan that is transparent, written and contractual? Does this mean the tools business should be out in the open? Nothing that I have read so far implies this, and there has been no evidence that this is the case in any of the accredited organizations to date.
As for #5, I’m curious what the Rules of Conduct say about promoting religion and political ideologies on tape and on stage. Jim Floor and a number of his Diamond leaders were very, very right-wing Christians. Living in a more liberal area of the United States, many of his “sermons” rubbed people the wrong way, including myself. I can see why Jim Floor wanted to defect from Amway to join up with Orrin Woodward last year, before the whole TEAM fiasco blew up; to them, all of the rules and regulations being put up prevented them from doing what they wanted to do; make lots of money and preach from their own pulpit. MonaVie’s Dallin Larsen hasn’t stopped Woodward from talking about Jesus or praising the Republicans.
Will accreditation stop Jim Floor from doing what he’s done for the past 20+ years? Frankly, I’m not optimistic. In his heart and head, he’s a far right-wing, Republican card carrying, evangelical (or fundamental) Christian. This is America, and he’s free to believe what he wants, but politics and religion should be left out of the Amway business.
What’s an IBO to do if he disagrees with Floor? Walk out of the arena during a Major Open whenever he talks? Don’t listen to his tape? Uh oh, that might be construed as not edifying your upline. You’re passing negative and not “following the system” of success laid out by your wonderful, caring, and loving upline Diamonds.
I hope that INA is teaching its members about real business ownership skills like understanding profit and loss statements and retailing. I hope that Jim Floor and company aren’t preaching politics and religion from their position of power and control. If this is not the case, then accreditation truly is a joke akin to putting lipstick on a pig.
Alright, mini-rant off 🙂
Here’s a link to the online photo gallery for INA. Note that it has not been updated since 2007. I wonder who owns the account on this site; is he or she still in the business? I presume that events are still occurring in INA, so why aren’t photos being posted here anymore? Inquiring minds would like to know!
Update #1: Dave Robison, who run’s Tex’s Quixtar/Amway blog, posted a note from Dexter and Birdie Yager, the kingpin of kingpins of Amway, about the Right to Differ, copied below:
To: All Yager Group Diamonds and Personals (Intended for all ibos)
Fr: The Yagers
Re: Best Practices Message: The Right to Differ
One of the criteria for continued accreditation with Amway Global/Quixtar is that all IBOs understand Amway Global/Quixtar’s best practices as explained through the IBO Communications Platform. The following message is sent in accordance with the Amway Global/Quixtar Professional Development Accreditation Program and is part of ongoing best practices messages you should expect to receive by email on a monthly basis. Please forward this message to all ibos in your organization.
The Right to Differ
You are attracting more and younger IBOs and more and more IBOs from different races, religions, and nationalities. It’s a very cool thing to see because it demonstrates what we’ve always said – that this is a business anyone can do. Regardless of your background, where you’re from, or who you vote for, this business can help you achieve your goals. And just as Quixtar is committed to supporting people who want to own their own business, we’re also committed to acceptance. This means tolerance and acceptance of those with differing beliefs and viewpoints- different religious beliefs, different political affiliations, or just different opinions in general. And this means there’s room for everybody in the business – which is what makes our business so strong and so successful.
We’re not here to exclude anyone; we’re here to include everyone. So we all have to be sensitive of the differences among us and appreciate that sometimes not everyone shares the same views. It’s especially important to be mindful of this during business meetings where there’s a tendency to share your personal beliefs with others from stage. While it’s OK to talk about how important your beliefs are to you in your own life and how they’ve helped you build your business, it’s not OK to say that others need to believe the same thing. The one belief that all IBOs do need to share is the power of this business. As long as we’re all united in our commitment to building Quixtar-powered businesses in the right way, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish, regardless of our differences. In fact, these differences can provide an even broader and stronger foundation for growing this business.
For your success,
Wow. Looks like I have the answer to my question without having to pull out the Rules of Conduct!
Now, as to the question of whether or not the kingpins will do as they say, that remains to be seen and heard!
Update #2: IBOFB has posted a link to a Professional Development Accreditation Program IBO Communications document. In it, it clearly states:
As this is a business, it is only logical that communications within the business arena focus on business and not on areas outside the business arena, such as religion and politics. And to “treat others as you would like to be treated” is a long-standing and widely accepted maxim on human relations.