First, thanks for a great podcast (one of many).
Secondly, I have to come clean and admit the error of my ways (in hindsight) about working with Haldane a few years ago in the Kansas City area. I will in middle management with a large telecommunications company when I was released. Devasted, I paid Haldane around 4k for them to put me through their cookie-cutter program Of course, nothing panned out and nearly a year later found a position on my own with a company which I am still with today, and at a higher level.
When I listened to the first podcast on this subject, I stopped in my tracks when I heard Mark mention Haldane. I didn't know their name had such a reputation in management circles.
Now for the second lesson. I was called by a recruiter from McKenzie Scott who got my name from somewhere. I had good forthright conversation with him and he wanted me to look at their 'program' online and he would call me back in a couple of days. I immediately started doing some research on McKenzie Scott and found a great number of Haldane-like complaints from people who used their services. I contacted this recruiter back and told him what I found and that I was not interested in continuing the relationship. I wonder now if I made a hasty mistake in terminating what could have been a good contact. Any thoughts on this? Should I call him back and make amends?
One last question, I will be relocating back to Kansas City this year. I don't know of any 'reputable' executive recruiter firms there (although I just ordered John Lucht's book today). I don't have many peer contacts there that may have used a recruiter (another lesson I learned about networking, at which I really stink). How would I go about starting a relationship with a firm for which I do not have a 'referral' to use when I contact them?
Thanks for a great podcast, I am learning a lot have used several of the tools so far and expect good things to happen.