Todd's Takeaways

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SHOWTIME

Perception Doesn’t Have to Be Reality

We need to be more proactive in dealing with our channel’s negative perception. On Aug. 25, SHOWTIME aired the first episode On Becoming a God in Central Florida, starring Kirsten Dunst. The series is set in a small town near Orlando in 1992, and Dunst plays Krystal Stubbs, a minimum-wage water park employee, who lies,…

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Retailer

We Must Raise the Bar in our Recruiting Message & Practices

It’s no secret that the surge in E-commerce, namely Amazon, over the years has forced our channel to take notice and to pivot in order to keep pace with consumers’ ever-changing expectations. Our channel has responded pretty well to this challenge as more companies are trying to meet the consumer where they are as evidenced…

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Global

Always Keeping A Startup Mentality

Jeff Bezos has written a letter to his shareholders each year since the company’s inception. These letters outline Amazon’s long-term mission, culture and values. His 2017 letter, however, stood out more than the others for me. Bezos defined what he calls a Day 1 company vs a Day 2 company. Day 1 companies are: Agile…

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Rise of the Virtual Social Selling Enterprise: Part 2

More companies entering the direct selling space are opting for a cloud-based business model that combines skilled suppliers, online office platforms and strategic partnerships. Editor’s Note: This is the second installment about the virtual social selling companies that are making an impact that began in with July 2018 cover story. Direct selling startups used to…

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Career Builder

Paying Daily Could Become Your Best Retention Strategy

Career Builder conducted a survey back in 2017 that confirmed that 78 percent of U.S. workers live paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. In that same survey, it stated that Nearly 3 in 4 workers say they are in debt today, and more than half think they will always be. This shows why alternative…

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political and social activism

Stand Up or Lay Low?

CEOs mull the merits of political and social activism. Last fall Nike made big news with a commercial featuring Colin Kaepernick, the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem before games to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The spot included other athletes who’ve made bold moves for their reasons. So, the overall…

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Hemp Legalized. Now What?

On December 20th, President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, So what does it mean for direct sellers eyeing the revenue potential of the cannabis market? The bill: Legalizes the production of industrial hemp. Puts the production of industrial hemp, now considered an agricultural product, under the supervision of the Agriculture Department. Removes CBD—the non-psychoactive compound found in hemp—from…

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