Here is the latest news on "The Intentional Living Institute" [www.theili.com
I have previously posted news on a "Leadership Training Organization" that owns the house in which the business (I am employed by) is located. I had given my boss a printout of an article on destructive training organizations.(I mistakenly thought it would help her somehow) I never said that I thought the ILI was a cult, yet my employer, at our last meeting, told me, with a slight smirk and laugh, that "The ILI is not a cult, it is only phsycology, and she expects me not to say anything seen as offensive about her belief system, because it is who she is".
I am currently looking hard for another job after I was given a set of rules to go by, including:
*Not being allowed to mention any of My Personal Life at work
*Never showing any negative emotions at work, or in front of clients. This includes "being obviously quiet"
*No making or recieving any personal calls at work
*Requirement to do any work for the ILI I am asked to do
*Requirement that I follow the ILI's formulas for meeting structure
*Not allowed to say anything seen as derogatory or negative about the ILI
*I cannot insist on anything at work, i.e., if I cannot do a task (even if I do not have the skills or time)
*Taking on all tasks asked of me "with good spirit"
*Since I am alone at work most of the time, she suggested I "make some friends" and discuss any problems I have with them.(I have plenty of friends already...)
*She suggested I needed to learn to control and cease to express negative emotions in general, and that "would help me in my personal life" as well.
I have had three ILI members walk up to me out of the blue and ask me very personal questions . I do not even know these people, the only way they can know these intimate things about me is from my boss. Also, I have witnessed the emotional breakdowns of new membres in one-on-one dicussions with "trainers"...they have these little discussions in-between the larger group sessions. Believe me, it is like a hell to listen to it. The converted old house has no place that you cannot hear what is going on, and I think they are leaving the doors open for me to hear on purpose now!
This group is truly scary.