Ten Signs You Are Involved in a Fear-Based
Workplace MLM Organization
I read this article today about the ten signs that signal you work in a fear-based workplace. I chuckled, because nearly all of the ten signs also apply to MLM motivational organizations. For all their talk about jobs being bad and not beneath them, Diamonds sure know how to run their “leadership and training” organizations like one. Check out the article for a full description of each sign, as I’m commenting solely on its relevance to MLMs:
1. Appearances are everything. Do I even need to come up with an example? When you have photos of jets, Lambourghinis, fancy rings, sharp clothes and huge mansions constantly in the face of distributors, you know that appearances mean a lot to the upline kingpins of MLMs. Of course, appearances aren’t what they seem to be with these leaders, some of whom are in bankruptcy or lead less than virtuous lives.
2. Everyone is talking about who’s rising and who’s falling. How much time is devoted to recognition of pin winners on stage? My god, half the running time of the MonaVie Vision convention was carting people on stage to talk about how low they were before they found the purple juice concentrate.
3. Distrust reigns. When Diamond brothers don’t trust even each other, you know you have a problem. One look at all of the backstage dealings between Diamonds shows you that all that glitters is not gold within these motivational organizations.
4. Numbers rule. Ever hear the line, “the most important metric is how many people you have on standing order?” Ever heard of the Eagle and Double Eagle programs in BWW and WWDB? PV/BV? How many people on Auto-Ship? Want to know why Diamonds get so worked up when one of their fold decides to leave to form his or her own organization? Yeah, in MLMs and MLM Training Organizations, numbers mean a lot.
5. And rules number in the thousands. Ever seen the Six Cardinal Rules of BWW? Most motivational organizations have rules such as these. Break one, and you’re on your uplines bad-side for a long, long time (just as Kelly Bangert about his relationship with Brig Hart). Of course, if you are already a Diamond, you are free to do whatever you wish… within reason (and a two-year grace period, of course).
6. Management considers lateral communication suspect. Crosslining anyone? There’s a thread going on this on IBOFB’s AmwayTalk forum. The no crosslining edict is one of the most ridiculous things within these organizations. Take your blinders off and see the rule for what it really means. Controlling the distributor flock so that it only hears what the organization wants it to hear.
7. Information is hoarded. Since there’s no crosslining allowed, all information comes from the top, dripped down in small voicemail messages, emails or sermons from stage.
8. Brown-nosers rule. I don’t even need to start with this one. The amount of brown-nosing “edification” within these MLM training organizations is like the amount of crap at a waste processing plant. Cross your upline leaders, however, and you’ll be de-edified faster than flushing a toilet. Just ask Jimmy Halstead!
9. ‘The Office’ evokes sad chuckles, rather than laughs. Okay, the only one which might not apply. Someone has got to come out with a TV show — The Upline — that mimics what happens in these MLMs. The show might only last for a season, but my, my, what a show it will be!
10. Management leads by fear. Despite all their talk about hope, Diamonds actually run their organizations largely on fear. For instance, the fear of failure: “If you quit this business, you’re a loser.” Uh, so, I can’t quit the business and make something of my life? I have to stay beholden to you, my Diamond leader, until all my money has gone into a garage full of useless tapes, books, and brochures?
Again, read the original article and compare notes with us in the comments below!