Big Business of Poaching– Art of Trophy Hunting: Whether It’s– Animals, People, Friends, Things… It’s Ubiquitous…

Poaching is a multi-billion dollar business– but more so in the horrible example of wildlife where it’s a dirty business involving the unlawful harvesting and trading of– animals, plants… and parts, products derived from them. Wildlife is traded as skins, leather goods or souvenirs; as food or traditional medicine; as pets and many other forms…

Illegal wildlife trade runs the gamut from illegal logging of protected forests to supply the demand for exotic woods, to the illegal fishing of endangered marine life for food, and the poaching of elephants to supply the demand for ivory…and in many cases it’s being conducted by sophisticated transnational organized crime syndicates and even some terrorist networks, posing increasingly serious threat to international security…

It’s a global phenomenon threatens some of the most endangered animals on the planet… Wildlife crime is the fourth largest global illegal trade, after drugs, counterfeiting, and human trafficking…

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Although not as hostile, poaching in business is widely practiced: It accounts for over 30% in the movement of labor… it’s the biggest source of competitive advantage in the current era of cut throat competition… It has been defined as– the intentional actions of recruiters in one company to identify, contact, solicit and hire a currently employed individual or group of individuals away from another companyHowever, among many business leaders it’s generally accepted that poaching, or hiring a competitor employees, or customer employees, or partners employees, or suppliers employees… violates an unwritten rule of business and many see it as unethical…

Whereas, proponents say– as long as actions, activities are not deceptive or illegal, companies that intentionally identify, contact and offer employment to a rival firm’s employees are within the bounds of ethical behavior… A few reported examples include; Tesla and Apple competing over engineers; Uber poaching Carnegie Mellon University’s entire robotics center to build self-driving cars… Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel allegedly made secret agreements to not woo away (poach) each other’s employees, they reportedly paid $415 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by workers who felt these agreements hurt their salaries, job mobility… Hence, whether poaching– wildlife, people, friends, things… at best it’s– bad for reputation, unethical… and at worst– it’s illegal, destroys entire species of living things…

In the article Time to End Poaching by Richard Branson writes: An elephant is murdered every 15 minutes. More than 30,000 elephants are killed by poaching every year, and if nothing is done, elephants could be extinct in just 11 years. Hence, this poaching must end… The problem with poaching is not simply one of animal conservation, but terrorist groups all use the sale of illegal ivory to carry out attacks. There are direct links between poaching and terrorism that have resulted in atrocities around the globe… Trafficking in endangered species is the fourth largest illegal business in the world after drugs, weapons and human trafficking…

The stats are no better for rhinos. Ninety-five percent of the world’s rhinos have been lost in the past 40 years. In 2007, 13 rhinos were poached in South Africa, and in 2013, more than 1,000 were killed, and in 2014, over 1,020 rhinos had been killed… Demand for rhino horn comes over-whelmingly from Asia, where many people wrongly believe it has medicinal properties… Huge sums are spent on studying and protecting rhinos in the wild, however very little has been spent on addressing the root of the problem– eliminating the demand for rhino horn… Let’s be clear; this problem is of human-making, but it’s one that people have the power to change. It’s up to all people world-wide to ensure these magnificent species do not disappear from the earth forever…

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In the article How to Master the Art of Poaching Employees by Elaine Pofeldt writes: It’s a struggling to find great talent– there are superstars out there–although they may be working for another company at the moment. In this tough hiring market, poaching employees from the competition often seems inevitable… The situation is particularly challenging in the tech industry, where high-quality developers are in short supply.

The good news is that according to a recent survey by Dice.com; 65% of technology professionals are confident they could find a new, better position… According to Jaime Klein; talent tends to attract talent, so snagging a hotshot engineer from a rival or, if you get lucky, a high-profile company such as Apple could be the magnet that you need…

But before you start cold calling those folks, you should seek legal advice; in many states, there can be repercussions for poaching, e.g.; the first thing a responsible employer would want to do is to find out whether the talent they seek has a non compete agreement… and even if the non-compete isn’t enforceable, the case may still end up in a legal battle… Also be realistic; as you are looking to poach talent from companies there are companies to poach your company, as well… So, as you proceed with your poaching, it’s very wish to make your team poach-resistant…

In the article How to Make Your Top Talent Poacher-Proof by Benoit Vialla writes: Talent poaching is among the most irritating forms of flattery… When you run a solid business with strong talent long enough, and you can count on a poacher to dangle opportunities and higher pay in front of your best employees. To keep your talent (without breaking the law), you need to defeat would-be poachers well before they arrive… According to Richard Branson; train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to… To hold onto talent, you need to defeat would be poachers well before they arrive… Here are three strategies you can use to ‘poacher-proof’ your business:

  • Compete on Culture: Culture is what makes your company different from other companies. It’s the set of characteristics that would surprise competitors if they could shadow your staff for a day… Make your company a unique place to work… Be a little unconventional, it’s the only effective way to be authentic…
  • Have a Vision Worth Sticking Around for: To keep employees, make a plan that is your industry’s equivalent of ‘landing on moon’– it should be realistic, seductively exciting, somewhat daunting… Vowing to grow your customer base 50% is not inspiring; on the other hand, when Bill Gates said; a computer on every desk and in every home… it was. Top talent will stick with you because they want to be around when your vision is realized. Once you ‘land on moon’, come up with an even bolder idea. Find fresh ways to generate the same suspense and anticipation that kept everyone along for the journey…
  • Give Employees Voice and Power: Give employee a voice and the means to enact change when they need to. Top talent will stick with you because they want to be around when your vision realized… When an employee’s voice matters and they can choose what they want to work on, why would they change jobs? The very best talent won’t sacrifice an outstanding culture and compelling vision for a few extra bucks. Those that will can be replaced… Poaching is the most aggravating but sincerest form of flattery– it’s a sign that you’re doing something right…

The world is dealing with an unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade, threatening to overturn decades of conservation gains. Ivory estimated to weigh more than 23 metric tons– a figure that represents 2,500 elephants… Poaching threatens the last of our wild tigers that number as few as 3,200… Wildlife crime is a big business. Run by dangerous international networks, wildlife and animal parts are trafficked much like illegal drugs and arms. By it’s very nature, it is almost impossible to obtain reliable figures for the value of illegal wildlife trade. Experts estimate that it runs into hundreds of millions of dollars…

Some examples of illegal wildlife trade are well-known, such as; poaching of elephants for ivory and tigers for their skins, bones… However, countless other species are similarly overexploited, from marine turtles to timber trees. Not all wildlife trade is illegal: Wild plants and animals from tens of thousands of species are caught or harvested from the wild and then sold legitimately as– food, pets, ornamental plants, leather, tourist ornaments, medicine… Wild-life trade is escalating into a crisis, which is threatening the very survival of many species in the wild…

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Poaching is a prevalent practice in recruiting (or, some say stealing) workers who are already employed elsewhere. Economy-wide it represents the primary mode by which workers flow directly from one firm to another… The art of luring talented workers away, sometimes from– competition, or partners, or suppliers, or customers… has a darker or shady side with respect to the actions of a few that can cause considerable damage to the business of others… and to their own professional reputation and good standing…

Poaching other organizations’– management, workers, customers… should not be taken lightly: There is ‘fair play’ way of doing business, and there is ‘dirty way’ that you should never accept as professional. Poaching workers, managers… whether ethical or not, companies and/ or people who practice this behavior must be prepared to accept its consequences, such as; a hit on reputation, credibility, trust… as well as, themselves becoming targets of similar activities…