Saturday, February 23, 2008

Strategic Incompetence

I came across the term " Strategic Incompetence" the other day, and felt that was a very fitting title for Amway/Quixtar.

What better way to not deal with something you don't want to deal with than by pretending you don't know about it or understand it?

This is pretty much what Amway has done with the "Kingpins", in that they simply claim ignorance, or that they can't control every distributor when confronted with the problems in their business.

They have rules in place, they just can't enforce them.

They have safeguards in place, they are just ineffective and/or difficult for low level IBO's to utilize.

Must be worth a lot of money to look like a bunch of jackholes to former IBO's and critics alike, because in my opinion, it's quite deliberate.

It just seems to roll off your tongue, doesn't it? Say it with me, "Strategic
Incompetence"

Anyway, just a short post today. I was on the road all day yesterday and half the day today, and listened to some more QBlog Radio.

I heard a blog review by Imran and a conversation with Lawdawg about Don Lorencz.

That stuff is gold.

Have a good weekend everyone.

6 Comments:

Blogger Loser said...

Just imagine how much QBlog has done!! Do you remember the March of Perceptions? How awesome was that!! And who else is doing podcasts like that on subject of Quixtar? No one!!

I'll make a recommendation to QBlog to add you as a guest blogger over there.

23 February, 2008 17:45  
Blogger rocket said...

I wish there were more podcasts. I was on dial up in a remote area for a couple years, so it was tough to get them at a decent rate.

Yes, QBlog has been a pivotal element in facilitating discussion about Amway and Quixtar.

Thanks for stopping by, Imran.

23 February, 2008 18:22  
Anonymous Mike said...

The idea of "Strategic Incompetence" is an intresting play on words. In that there is actual planning for being unable to do something.

For me this is the typical response to the essence of business.."The customer is always right"

Basically the IBO's are customers, Amway corp has allowed the pratice of the MO's to continue, with a slight handslap from Rich just to have the ablitity,to say. "Back in 1986 we made a tape addressing the issue.." Kinda like Willy Wonka telling the kid to not jump in the chocolate river..as he mumbles.."don't..stop"... in a quite voice.

So as long as the business was growing and all was well..no one complained, but when there became a larger awareness of what was happening, there started to be a lot of fallout.

24 February, 2008 05:06  
Anonymous Joecool said...

Mike said: Kinda like Willy Wonka telling the kid to not jump in the chocolate river..as he mumbles.."don't..stop"... in a quiet voice.

Joe says: Great analogy Mike.
I believe that's exactly how the relationship works with the corporation. I could eb wrong, but it seems like the corporation looks the other way unless some regulatory agency gets involved like in the UK.

26 February, 2008 12:36  
Anonymous Anna28 said...

O you're not wrong JC. It's easy to see. Look at past governmental issues...Canada for example or the whole FTC thing back in 79. Changes were made clearly to appease those that be....as soon as no one is looking...business as usual. Look at the UK...how long has Amway been operating in the UK? All of the sudden Amway felt the need to implement certain changes, that just so happen to coincide with a governmental inquiry?

26 February, 2008 19:16  
Blogger quixtarisacult said...

Strategic Incompetence...Isn't that sort of like not paying your taxes?

I am reminded of the Nuremberg Trials or the old time TV show Mission Impossible: "Quixtar disavows any knowledge..." (That didn't fly very well for those swingers at Nuremberg.) I am still left to wonder if Quixtar is going to completely clean house. I think Jesus upset all the money changer's tables, not just the Woodward/Brady Bunch?

I like to listen to QBlog podcasts once in a while. I'd do something like that, but everyone would find out I'm a red neck. hehehe

05 March, 2008 17:17  

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