Did you ever wonder why you can’t place your own order on the last day of the month? Why your Mary Kay sales director must place it? Here’s the answer to all your questions.
One of the earliest indications that a woman is beginning to emerge from the fog of the Mary Kay Cult is her ability to question. She starts to think independently and she wonders openly about nagging thoughts that she was trained either to ignore or to chalk up to having associated with negative people.
There is a rule that slipped into place several years ago, innocuously at first, quietly and without fanfare. It used to amaze me that I heard it questioned so infrequently by Consultants, but with my own emergence from the fog came the understanding that the sales force is brainwashed into believing the company wouldn’t do anything that wasn’t for their “better good.” Therefore they maintain their docile, sheep-like mentality as long as they are under the cult’s control.
Today I am writing specifically about the inference that Consultants don’t know what they need or when they need it. Oh, it isn’t stated as such. Like everything else in Mary Kay it is cloaked in “we know what’s best for you” warm fuzzy wrapping. So I am asking the question out loud and straightforward:
“Why is it that only Directors can order on the last day of the month?”
Since we cannot expect an answer from Mary Kay Cosmetics, especially a truthful one, I am going to provide it for you.
Directors are at their frazzled worst the last couple days of each month. They must see how much production they can coerce by phone, fax and email. Then, that being accomplished, they have to figure how much has to be placed on their own plastic in order to finish (or save) the car, the unit, the contest, the………. (fill in the blank).
Some years ago it became imperative that they have a full day to get the math done and the to-the-penny final order in. Why, it could ruin an entire month of plotting and planning, having it all figured out only to have a rogue order show up, skewing the figures and *gasp* counting for a month where it wasn’t needed.
If a Consultant unwittingly places an order that falls into the magic 24 hour Director-Knows-Best time period, the order is held on InTouch for the Director to peruse, mull over and use at her discretion. Whether or not the Consultant wants it to count for this month or the next, or whether the Consultant is trying to get the free product bonus with her last minute order is of no concern. The Director gets to play God with that order, with the Consultant’s money, and with her trust.
Consultants, please question this control tactic. Think about this article the next time, as an Independent Business Woman, you attempt to take advantage of that bonus product toward the last 24 hours of the month. Corporate and the Nationals successfully conspired to perpetuate the myth that you aren’t capable of making decisions concerning what’s in your best interests until you qualify to wear the Pink Gestapo uniform.
In my humble opinion this is wrong on so many levels. I hope my bringing it to your attention will spark the process of you beginning to think for yourself, of starting to question, and perhaps even to consider rising above the fog, the control, the cult.