Poaching! Isn’t that our approach to hiring too?

Poaching! Isn’t that our approach to hiring too?

800 371 Kamal Karanth

When the politicians we voted for ‘are’ poached does it upset you? Isn’t that our approach to hiring  too?  When competition poaches your key Talent what do you do?  Retaliate by adding anti-compete clauses to protect the remaining staff or counter poach? When I bump into some of my ex-colleagues at the airports or conferences, memories of how they walked away when I needed them or how competition headhunted them flashes back. When they left betrayal, loyalty, professionalism, ethics kind of strong words had crossed my mind. None of us is holier than thou. We continuously hire from competition, as that’s the fastest way to get readymade talent.  Have you ever called competition and given them a mouthful when you felt gutted about losing good talent? I haven’t yet, But, I have been on the receiving side of it. Once, I hired 2 people from a large competitor during my overseas stint. Their CEO called me for a coffee and told me it is unethical 🙂 The CEO said that they have discovered skeletons in the cupboard after their exit and happy to see them gone. He was quick to add that I need to be careful with them and he would come after them/me if any of their clients were approached. A few years later he offered me a job  🙂

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