Wednesday Anecdote: Client paid $12,000 up front to another firm prior to working with us.
"Believe it or not, it's not the money that makes me angry," he said. "The worst part is that I wasted a lot of time and energy and got nothing out of it."
He was a CEO who exited his last opportunity after the private equity firm that owned it sold it to a larger group to cash out. No worries on his part. He made several million as part of the exit package. Now, he wanted to find another similar opportunity.
The company he hired charged $12,000 up front with a lot of promises about the network and the deliverables of their work. After a few months of some basic tips here and there and a batch of letters sent through the mail with his resume tucked inside, he was no closer to the opportunity he wanted than when he started.
He loved our partnership model where the bulk of the investment doesn't take place until he lands what he wants. We share the risk. It's all about results. "You go way farther and provide so much more than the other place. The model is brilliant because it means we have to work together to succeed," he said. "I like that."
When the results matter for both sides you figure out how to make it work.