In the U.S. alone, 15.8 million people are currently participating in direct selling, and each brings his own motivation to pursue the business opportunity. A recent survey conducted by MBO Partners, a platform that supports independent consultants, provides some insight into what is driving America’s independent workforce—be they freelancers, self-employed or independent contractors.

As hedge-fund investor Bill Ackman continued his disparaging commentary on Herbalife at a recent appearance at Oxford University, Rafael A. Fantauzzi—who serves as President & CEO of the National Puerto Rican Coalition (NPRC) and a Board Member of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)—offered a very different perspective on the company.

“Entrepreneur” and “CEO” are titles that go hand-in-hand in business, but their close association has been known to give rise to another kind of leader entirely: the entrepreneurial CEO. That’s what Forbes Contributor Robert Sher calls a leader whose penchant for “strategy tinkering”—however well intentioned—can have an adverse effect on organizational growth.

In this month’s Executive Connection, Direct Selling News Publisher and Editor in Chief John Fleming speaks with Tim Brown, Founder and CEO of Jamie Oliver At Home, about leadership, falling in love with the industry, and sharing the mission of health and well-being.

USA Today’s Talking Tech recently spoke to Stella & Dot Founder and CEO Jessica Herrin, as well as stylists and shoppers at one of the company’s popular trunk shows. Stella & Dot projects sales of over $200 million for 2013, and Herrin predicts annual sales will reach $1 billion by the end of the decade.

Since 2003, Amway has directed its people-centric Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts toward improving the lives of children around the world. The company’s annual CSR report for 2012 revealed that 10 million children have now been impacted through the Amway One by One Campaign for Children.

MonaVie Nutrition and Fitness Expert Mark Macdonald is joining up with Mike Galanos and CNN’s HLN (Headline News) in a new weekly segment called "Mike, Mark & Monday — Getting Back in Gear.”

News in Brief, November 2013

November 01, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness, Mary Kay Foundation, Amway, USANA, Your Inspiration At Home, ViSalus, Viridian

Luxembourg-based Oriflame Cosmetics has announced significant investment in pioneering plant stem cell technology. The company is cultivating its own cell cultures, an innovative technology that will enable Oriflame to source raw materials in the formulation of its beauty products.

Personal Development: Fuel for Growth

by J.M. Emmert

November 01, 2013

Today, personal development is an integral component of most direct selling companies; for many, it is the fuel that fires that entrepreneurial spirit.

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