A few months ago a company contacted me. They wanted to send a private jet to bring me to their corporate HQ. They also let me know that they were willing to fly in some of my top leaders, give me a spot at the top of their structure, and provide deals for my people.
I did what I always do…
I could have told them they were idiots and would drive their business into the ground. But I knew they wouldn’t believe me anyway. So I politely thanked them for thinking of me, but said I wasn’t sponsorable, being happy where I am. (Not to mention the fact, that I am proud of building my business from the ground up, with no deal.) They seemed shocked that I didn’t at least want to hear their offer. But why would I? Or why would you?
If you’re in a solid company that does business with integrity, they pay you on time, and the product has value, you shouldn’t be shopping around.
Now some would argue with me. They say check out all the offers, see where the best deal is. Those guys probably want to sleep with different women to make sure they want to stay with their wife too.
Anyway, I never gave that company another thought again, until this week, when I learned they had shut down.
Will people never learn?
Don’t they understand that anyone they can buy away from another company can be bought off again, just as easily? There is such a culture of whores and deal making happening now, it’s ruining it for real builders.
People have figured out that if you join a company, do the rah-rah thing and qualify for a high rank one time – even if you buy your way in – then you can shop around for a deal. And there is always some naive company that thinks they will short cut success buying these people.
Companies that open with this strategy always implode.
It’s one thing to give a deal to someone who had their company go out of business. If you do some kind of a bridge or top up program. But hunt mercenaries and all you end up with is mercenaries.
I’d rather get a housewife who loves the products and is teachable than a “heavy hitter” who’s shopping for his tenth company.
What do you think? Have the deals gotten out of hand? Is it threatening the integrity of the business?