Does TEAM/LIFE Loyalty Demand Silence?
Author Seth Godin is one of Orrin Woodward’s favorite thinkers. He likens his own TEAM community (and his LIFE multi-level marketing business) to Godin’s concept of the tribe — “any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea.”
A few days ago, Godin published a short entry on the danger of confusing loyalty with silence:
Some organizations demand total fealty, and often that means never questioning those in authority.
Those organizations are ultimately doomed.
Respectfully challenging the status quo, combined with relentlessly iterating new ideas is the hallmark of the vibrant tribe.
Certainly, Orrin has positioned himself — some would say through the efforts of revisionist history — as someone who has challenged authority. TEAM/LIFE proponents incessantly wax poetic about their leader; to many, they think he has done and can do no wrong. Is this the kind of loyalty that should be promoted and encouraged within TEAM/LIFE? Is there any room within the LIFE Business or the LIFE Training program for questioning the thoughts, decisions and actions by the LIFE leadership? Or, does TEAM/LIFE loyalty demand silence and obedience?