TEAM Is Dead. Long Live LIFE Training
The more things change, the more they stay the same. One thing that you can always count on with Orrin Woodward is that the he will change the name of his business. Team of Destiny (TOD) became Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) last decade. It’s been a slow process over the course of the year, but the next transition is nearly complete. TEAM is going the way of the dodo and will now be called LIFE Training. You can see it in the updated website at the-team.biz, where there is only one tiny mention of TEAM at the footer of the page. It’s just a matter of time before they switch the domain name from the-team.biz to something with the words “life” and “training” in it. Search and replace must be Orrin’s favorite tool of his webmaster, as the FAQ is nearly identical except that TEAM has been replaced by LIFE Training.
I didn’t know that Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady had developed a time machine (bold emphasis mine):
When Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady began their business careers they unknowingly joined an organization in which profits were weighted towards those who “got there first.” They didn’t like this situation and vowed to fix it. As a result, in 1999 they formed LIFE Training, with the goal of developing the fairest, most equitable plan to share 100% of the profits remaining each month. This, in fact, caused many rival organizations to attack them as they made an issue of, made public, and sought to end the unfair distribution of profit from training materials.
Since the launch of LIFE in November, 2011, a number of the tools that were once part of TEAM have transitioned over to LIFE. Meetings and seminars that once were TEAM functions have also been re-branded as LIFE meetings and conventions.
The old Open Meeting Subscription Plan is being renamed to the LIFE Library Subscription. LIFE Seminars Subscriptions are now being re-branded as LIFE Live Subscriptions and the Electronic Business Center is now being called LIFE Line. That @TheTEAMBiz Twitter handle, the one that used to be called @TheMonaVieTEAM? It’s now called @Training4_Life.
Finally, on the LIFE Business website FAQ is the following statement:
Is there any business development training?
LIFE has partnered with LIFE Training, a top community building and training material organization, to provide all of its business development training. LIFE, in other words, provides world-class personal development materials at a remarkable price point. LIFE Training (with over a decade of experience with tens of thousands of people in several countries) provides leading-edge business development and training to assist LIFE members in building their businesses. Here is how the personal development and business development break down:
Are you still with me?
It’s clear what’s happening. The old vestiges of TEAM, complete with its ties to Amway, Quixtar, and MonaVie, are going away for good. In its place will be a “new” company that’s “always” been aligned with this LIFE business. New people being exposed to LIFE will never know (or hear about) TEAM because it never really existed. I can hear the excuses now, “TEAM is a scam? People will write anything on the Internet. We’re not TEAM, we’re LIFE Training!”
Current TEAM/LIFE or The LIFE Business members should take their blinders off and see this name transition for what it really is. Just like Orrin Woodward did for TOD, he’s doing it again with TEAM. He’s changing the name as a way to hide from legitimate criticism about his business. The business is still the same, and the undeniable fact is the majority of participants are not going to make any significant money in this venture.
Orrin never met an adage he didn’t like, but he obviously missed this one: A leopard can’t change its spots. Orrin will give it the old college try, however!