Let us pretend that you own a business. A company, and it's a good one! The people who work for you are very happy and very close, like a family. And over time, you become more and more successful and make good business decisions and make good business relationships.
Not let's pretend, you start to notice a guy hanging around. Seems like a nice enough guy and the more he hangs around, the more your people get to know him. Most like him, some don't but that's life. And you start to see that he is making small contributions to your company in little ways. Eventually, he makes some friends with the people in your company and you learn that he has experience in doing just what the largest part of your business focuses on. You see that he can be a real asset to your business. You give him some responsibility within your company, but he's not someone who works for you, yet, he seems like he can handle it, so why not, right? And he does well with the things you've given him.
So, after a while, you ask him to fill out an application and maybe get hired on. Which he does, eagerly, and his application is impressive and it all looks really good. The people in your company support this guy as a new hire. You begin to do the background checks and all the things that go into hiring this guy and then you find out that a business acquaintance of yours, someone who's business was but is no longer really relevant to your business has some negative information about this guy. SO, naturally, you confront him with it and he tells you a compelling story about how he was setup. You grill him about it over and over and while you trust what your business friend says, the new guy's story seems to have merit. He never wavers in his story.
You're torn. You don't want to offend your contact, but you also know that this guy can do good things for you.
Now your associate is in a successful business of his own, but the product he has, which you once depended on, is no longer viable to some of the things you do. Specifically, what this new guy specializes in. Even with a conflict of interests, he can be someone you can depend on and you know he'll grow in and with your company.
So here's the dilemma; do you hire him anyway?
See what I did there??
Edited by -=HipKat=-, 01 October 2016 - 05:41 PM.