They say, "You can please some of the people all the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all the people all the time".
I am not sure who said that, and I don't have time to find out, so if someone would like to earn extra bonus points*, find out who said it, and post it in a comment!
The reason I bring this quote up is that many of the complaints that I have heard about Mary Kay can certainly fall into this category.
I was recently reading a message board about a police academy. All I got was a snapshot of the "controversy", but it basically involved how difficult training for a police force should be. Apparently, some people had complained about how difficult the training was. Too much physical requirement, too much shouting, too stressful, etc. Rumor on the message board had it that the academy had instituted a red card policy. Basically, if you become stressed out, you pull out your red card and no one can bother you for 15 minutes. This alleged policy was brought up amidst discussion of the VERY intense training that takes place.
Whether or not this policy is in fact a new part of the training, the conversation got quite heated at this point. Many current police officers commented that they would love to have a red card they could pull out if a gang member stressed them out, or they got tired while chasing a perpetrator. It really was quite intense.
If I were being trained for a position like that (Police, Fire, Military or even EMT), I would want to be trained, re-trained, and over trained. I want to know 100% that I am completely prepared for a roll like that. So (although I did not participate in this conversation... as I said it was just a snapshot) I would definitely be on the side of keeping that training intense. I mean, if I were in a car accident and needed a cop to pull me out of the burning wreckage that used to be my car, I don't want him/her to pull out a little red card and say, "sorry buddy, you are going to have to wait 15 minutes until I am ready". But I guarantee you there are people in the academy RIGHT NOW that really want to "get the job" that wish the process were easier.
What does this have to do with Mary Kay? Well similarly, with the folks on certain anti-Mary Kay sites, it seems like Mary Kay can't win.
Consider the issue of minimum mandatory inventory purchases and minimum number of recruits before being eligible for DIQ. Apparently Mary Kay recently lowered some of these requirements to make it easier for people to achieve their goals. The intentions of the company have been called into question. The question of whether it is a good idea or not is certainly up for debate. On the one hand, it gives people a shot where they may not have had one, but at what price? If you need 30 recruits to REALLY earn production and you only have 8 (starting DIQ), it seems like your long term outlook is, to say the least, challenging!
I pointed out that this topic is certainly up for debate. I know already where some of you stand, but let's air it out here! Is Mary Kay enriching women's lives by lowering the barrier (bar) to success, or are they setting them up for failure?
*Keep in mind that bonus points are not worth anything
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
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