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CEOs are fierce competitors who expect you to win literally every talent battle against top firms.
And because CEOs see everything through an “Us against them” lens. Their desire to win every time extends beyond product competition and into talent. However, to CEO’s, not all talent battles are equal. The ones that CEOs most want to win are the head-to-head battles in which your company competes directly for the same person. The top two most impactful head-to-head talent competitions (on revenue and profit) that major corporations engage in are 1) recruiting the same candidate for a key open position.