To the previous commentor. I'm the guy that wrote the "this is your business" post. Why would you worry about passing on a site and getting sold out. I swear you all (except the person that agreed with me) sounds like we are living in the USSR. Your are giving the company way too much credit and power. Can you imagine the PR right now if they were trying to purge O/Os while also trying to sell us company owned restaurants? I used to blame the company for a lot, but now I am thinking they have chosen a lot of O/Os who aren't entrepreneurs. Because of what you do, you're worth a lot more than you think. This is hard work, and you all could easily find other ventures or opportunities. Yet, I see it so often that you think you would be nothing without them. Again, it sounds like battered wife syndrome. When I mentioned taking back the system, we can do it together. Again, they can't ignore us if we speak up and are prepared for the battle. They will back down; I can say that I, personally, have seen it countless times.
We need to start a group outside of the NLC. I
think the company picks these people, anyway. Once we do that, they
will listen. Let's stop acting like children and start speaking up and
together (instead of in the hallways of a hotel conference room) outside
of co-op meeting. You all are better and stronger than this.