Leaving Team and Orrin Woodward
Laurie and I had the blessing to spend a couple of days with Mark and Tami Crawford. We are so impressed by their hunger to improve and grow. The Crawford’s have built large communities and have done so with character, integrity, and teamwork. They are both incredible leaders and how they work together creates synergy. Thank you Mark and Tami for your incredible example of Together Everyone Achieves More. This is a couple to watch as the Team moves on to its goal of 1 million leaders!
I received an email the other day from a reader who said that there has been some turmoil lately amongst the leadership of Team. Several high-level pins have purportedly left Team — the aforementioned Mark and Tami Crawford, Randy and Val Haugen, Don Wilson, Chuck Goetschel, and Lance Smith? — to form their own tools business1. If this is true, Orrin needs to reset his goal of a million members from a lower starting point! I have often compared “building the biz” to building sandcastles; after awhile, the surf comes in and reduces your lovely castle to a pile of sand, forcing you to rebuild it once again. This is something to strongly consider if you decide to join an MLM; the reality of “success” — lifetime, will-able, residual income — may not match the rhetoric heard on stage.
Here’s another quote from Woodward about the dynamic duo from Canada:
Today I would like to congratulate Mark and Tami Crawford for reaching the prestigious Black Diamond level in MonaVie. These two are veterans of the MLM industry and have hit all time record highs in income and influence over the last few months. The average Black Diamond income is over 1.5 million per year. The Crawford’s are some of the best teachers on the Team as they share from their years of experience on how to build and nurture growing communities. It has been said that genius is taking the complex and making it simple and based upon that definition, I believe that Mark and Tami are geniuses in the field of network marketing. They have the biggest Canadian organization on the Team in and perhaps the biggest community of any MLM in Canada. The sky is the limit for this couple as their dreams far outweigh their current reality. When your dreams are bigger than your reality, you are in a growth cycle. The Team is excited about reaching 1 million people and the Canadians are committed to play a big part in that million. Maybe the Canadians will reach a million by themselves and propel the Team into multi-millions! The sky is the limit when you have leadership.
Were these lovely quotes about the Crawfords and Haugens a way to keep them in the Team fold? Control and coercion through edification, that’s what I’d call it! Who is the biggest Canadian organization in Team now that the Crawfords have left? I guess their dreams did not involve sticking with Team. Are they still friends with the Woodwards? Would Orrin and Laurie give Mark and Tami the time of day now that the Crawfords are no longer affiliated with Team? Has Woodward mentioned their departures to the rest of the organization or has he swept the defection under the table without mention?
Edifying people to such lofty levels is a double-edged sword. While you may benefit initially by pumping them up as “geniuses” or “best teachers,” you run the risk of getting cut if these very same people let you down by leaving your organization. What has been shown to be an unassailable truth in multi-level marketing organizations — from Amway to Quixtar to MonaVie — is that greed and political squabbling within the Systems will lead to such splintering and defections.
I’ve read enough of Orrin’s blog posts and watched enough of his videos to know that he is a master in the art of hyperbole. If these claims of a mass defection among the Team leadership are true, what does this say about Woodward’s previous comments about the Crawfords? Do they still hold and are valid? Or, rather are they only useful so as long as they serve his interests and the interests of Team?
Update April 1, 2009: Here is a screenshot from the Featured Leaders Archive page on the Team website. Note how those individuals named in this post are no longer listed here. My source pointed out that Claude and Lana Hamilton were staying on with Team; judging from the screenshot, I’d say that verifies the veracity of the claims.
1 My sources tell me that these kingpins are forming their own MonaVie-specific tools business with free downloadable content. Critics like to point out that tools should be either free or very little cost to the distributor, so I don’t know what to make of this. I find it hard to believe that these kingpins, who have profited greatly from tools while in Amway/Quixtar/MonaVie/Team would let those profits just go away voluntarily.
Update April 3, 2009: You can read more about the new Legacy Professional Development Systems set up by the former Team leaders. According to the commenter Clear the air below, half the Blue and Black Diamonds have left Team. The commenter has more details about the split and the new System being set in place.