This really bugs me...

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  • When a sales director quits their company to go to another company and brings their downline with them- I am not sure why this bothers me so much, but it does. I know technically there are business legalities in place to discourage this, non-compete clauses etc., but they do it anyway.

    All of a sudden, they are a top leader in the company they just joined and it makes it look like it is so easy to move up in the business. (yea, when you have 100 + people come with you) I know that may be an exaggeration, but I think you know what I mean

    I do believe though that it is the nature of Direct Selling, people leave their companies and if they have a team of course they are not going to leave them behind.. Some team members will go and some will stay, but IMO it gives a false impression to new people to direct selling that it is easy to recruit and build an organization.

    I guess it is just a pet peeve of mine. I suppose I can't expect a Director to start over from the beginning, talking to new people, holding parties and sponsoring like the rest of us!


    Any thoughts?
  • You know you I see your point of view, I wonder how many do this
  • I have seen this as well and totally agree with you.
  • I have seen this many times as well. I have left companies and started new ones but I refuse to break the rules....lol. There have been many times that I could have taken my downline with me when I switched companies but opted not to because I felt it would be unfair to any new consultants that I bring in. I make sure to let new consultants know my history with previous companies and I answer any questions they might have
  • The grass isn't always greener
    Yes, I understand.

    I've been with my company for 14 years and have seen a lot more than anyone should see...LOL...

    For some, the grass looks greener at another company, but it is actually always green when you work it, no matter what company
  • It seems to be happening a lot more than it used to, or maybe I'm just noticing it more.

    What annoys me even more are the companies that encourage this by offering people who have "management experience" in party plan the opportunity to start at a management level but state they frown upon encouraging recruiting people from other companies.
  • It's a tricky situation. Of course if the company has a policy against it, it's unethical to do it, but...

    Think about how often we say that to succeed in direct sales you have to build relationships with customers and team members. So if you change companies how can you just sever those relationships? Not an easy thing to do even if you want to. People you have relationships with will contact you to find out where you are, and many will want to follow.

    It's not unusual in the corporate world either. When you need a job or need to fill a position at your new company, you "network." And many in your network are people you worked with previously.
  • My sponsor had a team member stolen by someone who did this and was attracted because this person was so successful so quickly. Of course, her success cannot be duplicated and so this recruit is making less money in her new business than she was in her old business.
  • I have never heard of this before. Is this a common practice or just something that happens once in awhile?
  • I've seen this happen too.