Direct Sales and MLM

Leaders Leave Narc That Car...and throw a grenade in the trash can

By
Kevin Thompson

< src="https://dev-thompson-burton-wpms.pantheonsite.io/mlmattorney/files/2010/12/067.png" alt="MLM divorce" width="300" height="411" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-144" />Before you read the below message from the Narc That Car leadership team ("The Affiliation"), understand I am in no position to confirm the accuracy of the facts stated in the message. At one point, they blatantly accuse NTC of running a pyramid scheme because nobody is "paying for the data." They assert that the compensation plan is driven largely by a disguised recruitment fee i.e. the $50 monthly association fee. If accurate, their assertion would be correct. But regardless if the facts are accurate, I think the below message can start a different kind of discussion: When distributors get disenchanted with a company and decide to leave, what's the best way to exit? Should they send a message to their entire database stating their objections as done by the people below? Or should they leave quietly while sending a generic message about their parting? To misquote Billy Shakespeare, "To talk trash or not to talk trash, that is the question." And when is the right time to leave? Below, the people apparently knew of Narc's problems long before they blasted the email. So can it be said that they knowingly promoted a pyramid scheme for a few months, but when it got too difficult to build the pyramid scheme, they quit because.....it was a pyramid scheme?In this post, I have more questions than answers. I think it's important for distributors to notify their team when they decide to exit. In a lot of cases, the downline looks to their leaders for inspiration and instruction. If the leader simply disappears, it would leave people asking questions and reaching false conclusions based on limited information. However, we all know that leaders rarely "disappear." Usually, they go to another company and they try to take as many of the downline with them. Ultimately, this is the real reason behind some of the trash-talking exits...when people enroll via an emotionally charged pitch, it takes an equally emotionally charged message to get them to exit and go somewhere else.Divorce is never easy. There's no precise science as to how a distributor should leave. Their database has tremendous value and the financial pressure to tap into it is too great in most cases. So while we know most distributors will encourage their downline to quit and "gently nudge" them to re-enroll in the promised land, it begs the question: what's the right way to do it? How should "The Affiliation" have handled this? Thoughts?Begin messageTo: All CSI ConsultantsFrom: The Affiliation (Malcolm, Senghor, & Ronald Pope)Re: Decision to be no longer associated with CSIDate: 12/8/10We, The Affiliation are writing this letter to officially inform you of our resignation of any and all involvement with Crowd Sourcing International as Area Directors, Corporate Consultants, and the Special Advisory Council to the CEO. As like many of you, we believed in the vision and the possibilities that this business model offered and we pursued this business with great zeal and passion. We successfully grew our business to over 30,000 Consultants in our few short months of being involved, hitting the top position of Area Director in record time of only 45 days. This unexpected explosive growth, exposed a lot of problem areas in both the business model as well as the corporate side, many of which we are more than sure you experienced your fair share of. During this period CSI lost tens of thousands of Consultants who stopped paying their web portal fees. . . .We immediately began volunteering our time, resources, and efforts to lend whatever help we could to get the company back on track. When we met with CSI on Sep. 3rd we were told that CSI was facing closing its doors if things did not turn around within 60 days due to the Founder/Investor lack of willingness to continue to pay. With the company continuing to lose Consultants, and incomes dropping, we The Affiliation took on a paid consulting position to run the entire company with all staff, including the C.E.O, all resources, and activities falling under our jurisdiction and control. . . .During our 75 day intimate involvement as Consultants and being responsible for everything at CSI we uncovered several items that are detrimental to the continued survival of CSI. These items were brought to the attention of the CEO and were continued to be overlooked and not addressed. Based on our 45 years in the industry, owning our own MLM, and consulting for many MLM companies we know that left unaddressed, these few but major areas will singlehandedly put CSI out of business. After this very successful campaign, the same very inexperienced leadership that was solely responsible for running the company in the ground in the first place has now elected to take back over to run the company. We feel these individuals don’t have the experience, know how, or a desire to address these major issues (because if they knew the answer, the company wouldn’t have been in the condition that we found it in, and they wouldn’t have had a need to hire us to save the company). It is for these reasons we are not willing to continue to invest or time, talents, and resources just to become the unwilling participants of a fourth failed attempt to provide a viable opportunity in this industry. As part of our agreement we would have to remain in control of all future decisions that related to the sales force and be actively involved in the correction of all the remaining issues that the company faced in order to continue to remain involved. Unfortunately CSI has elected to not honor that agreement and for these reasons and others we are resigning from all positions including our consultant Area Director position.We know from your emails, calls, and conversations that many of you recommitted to this business based on the “New and Improved CSI” that we were building and we felt inclined to share with you the major reasons why we have personally chosen to walk away from our distributorship as Area Directors, and end any involvement whatsoever with Crowd Sourcing International. It wasn’t until we completely turned around a sinking company, that some of the leadership now has the confidence to reengage and have decided to come back. Therefore, we felt obligated to disclose our intentions due to the fact; many of you reengaged CSI due solely to our involvement.The below listed items were discovered and brought to the attention of the CEO and to this day remain unaddressed.1. We found that the company does not have anyone paying for the data. Not one single client was able to be produced which by all standards is classified as an illegal pyramid scheme. When you pay people 100% of their commissions out of the $49.00 web portal fee (based on solely recruiting) and no product or service is being sold this is defined as an illegal pyramid scheme. (still no clients paying for the data except for Todd Pearah, who is the Founder/Owner)2. There is no one with any real networking experience to run the company. (As evident they had to employ our services to stay in business)3. They are in a serious cash crunch and unable to make the necessary adjustments to remain viable and competitive in the market place.4. Are still under the scrutiny of the BBB for not being able to produce proof of paying clients.5. Portions of Consultants down-lines have disappeared during the conversion from the old CSI database and DPI (the new backend technology company).In Closing, this is in no way meant as a personal attack on CSI, its ownership, or its employees but out of all respect for those of you who saw value in our work, our leadership, and commitment to see this opportunity through we felt we owed you notification of our decision and its reasoning. Even though Debra Aaron (President/CEO) and Todd Pearah (0wner/investor) specifically are in 100% direct conflict with the standards and code of ethics that we believe in and have always built our businesses on. We can’t tell anyone else how to conduct their business; we can only distance ourselves as we are now doing from the type of business they are comfortable in practicing.This will serve as the only communication from The Affiliation regarding this matter and our reasoning for walking away from CSI.However, in the event there is any type of rebuttal refuting the aforementioned items we have 350+ pages of documentation outlining our findings and our involvement and have no reservations in making them publicly available. . . .We wish each and every one of you success and we will see you over the top!!!Sincerely,The AffiliationEnd message

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