This article is being posted for the exclusive intent of offering peace of mind and hopeful resolution to any current or future LIFE Member that may have read or heard about the subtraction of Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward from the Top 30 Leadership Gurus List published early in 2013 posted on www.leadershipgurus.net. The original article, now deleted, read ”…Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, who have had substantial votes since 2010, were disqualified and removed from the list because more than 98% of their votes came from only three IP addresses, meaning that only three people voted for them over and over again...”
Yes, they actually said that. Feel free to read it again. We couldn’t believe it either. Considering the size and breadth of Chris and Orrin’s following and the tens of thousands of LIFE Members within North America, the accusation is ludicrous on its face and sensationalism more worthy of National Enquirer rather than a reputable leadership site.
Fortunately, people of integrity expect to be believed and when they are not, they let time prove them right. Earlier this week, the Top 30 leadership site made an official retraction and apology to Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady. Although LIFE Corporate chooses to take the high road in all of its dealings, due to the untruthful, misleading, and potentially damaging statements, LIFE is communicating the full retraction.
Here it is:
“Apology and Retraction: In January 2013 Leadership Gurus posted a note that we had disqualified Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady because most of their votes were from 3 sources. After one year of reviewing substantial legitimate votes for Mr. Woodward and Mr. Brady which are enough to keep them in the top 30 list, we now believe that previous votes we based our original statement on, may have been due to other circumstances including but not limited to, a few overzealous fans, multiple people using a central IP address like a university, or foul play from competitors to discredit them. Regardless, we believe we have made a mistake and would like to apologize to Mr. Woodward and Mr. Brady for the earlier statements. The note was unsubstantiated and has been removed from the Global Gurus Website and should not be referred to or relied upon by any other person, entity, website, blog or social media outlet of any kind.”
WE, meaning the corporate office, would like to apologize to our adored community for any discomfort experienced as a result of leadershipguru’s lack of professionalism in posting defamatory information about Chris or Orrin without first seeking to understand all the pertinent facts.
On a brighter note…
LIFE Corporate is thrilled to congratulate both Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward for their most recent recognition and placements on inc.com’s “Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts” list published on May 12, 2014.
Using an analysis-based approach focusing on nine different areas, the research team dedicated to this project set out to answer the question, “So, who are the most popular leadership and management experts in the world?” (Of course, we could have saved them a lot of research, but it’s nice when a highly popular and credible magazine thinks so too!) Orrin was awarded #20 on the list and Chris was awarded #39, but really, when it’s a GLOBAL TOP 50, what an honor to even be considered! We couldn’t be happier for our founders, mentors and friends. Congratulations again to these fine gentlemen!
Available at newsstands everywhere, Inc. is a magazine based out of New York City founded and is the publisher of the annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., referred to as the "Inc. 500", for over thirty years. To see the complete list of the “Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts” and enjoy some of the other great articles published by inc.com, just click here.