Executives want to drive for success. It is both easy and tempting to hire people they know and trust, people who are loyal to them. Why not? It seems like it should save everyone time in developing working relationships so the company can jump on the job, save on recruiting fees, have fun and ease learning curves. Is that what actually happens? It turns out, not so often.

This course looks at the possible pitfalls to this hiring logic and suggests how to build a hiring philosophy that includes loyalty and so much more to thrive.  Topics include:

  • The benefits of hiring loyal friends and known colleagues.
  • The pitfalls and challenges when loyalty is not enough and, worse, in the way.
  • Actions and practices to ensure hiring success.
  • Tools and methods to avoid conflicted hires.
  • How to handle situations when loyal people need to leave.
  • Coaching and mentoring early stage company executives.
  • Navigating the political waters while managing the FOE (friend of executive).
Learning Objectives
  • Discover the dynamics of modern hiring: loyalty-centric hiring of the past versus innovation-based hiring of today
  • Recognize the pros and cons of hiring and managing friends and colleagues
  • Explore how to create a strategic role evaluation
  • Identify effective methods of coaching executives on balanced, accountable hiring practices
  • Discover tools to use with early stage executives and identify 3 ways to manage the political landscape when there are friends of executives (FOEs) on board
  • Recognize when a situation has turned sensitive politically and discover how apply the lessons addressed in this course to avoid becoming a victim of “friendly fire"


Last updated/reviewed: March 10, 2024
8 Reviews (26 ratings)


Anonymous Author
I found this course very interesting. It provided eye opening statistics, and provided insight into actions my own company might take in making a difference in changing the culture of the organization. I especially appreciated the suggestions on how to improve employee satisfaction and engagement.

Member's Profile
Good course, the presenters were engaging and informative. The course included many studies and statistic to accompany their points regarding training & development and employee engagement.

Anonymous Author
Great course. The information was easy to follow and the presenter was very engaging. I will look to participate in her future courses.

Anonymous Author
Very informative with different perspectives on loyalty. Supporting statistics were very interesting, too.

Member's Profile
This was very interesting, well laid out, and I liked the example. It demonstrated the concept well.

Anonymous Author
A good resource for HR - hiring "friends" can be beneficial and increase loyalty!

Anonymous Author
This course did a great job at presenting the material in an engaging way.

Anonymous Author
great course! loved the knowledge that this provided

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. 

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Hiring Friends: The Upside and Downside of Loyalty-Based Hires1:36
Loyalty Based Hires
  Loyalty is a Good Thing, Right?11:03
  What Makes a Difference?9:44
  Fostering Loyalty 9:37
  3 Principles of Garnering Employee Loyalty 12:22
  Focus on Competence Early 12:49
  Setting Agreements 11:56
  The New View About Loyalty 5:09
Continuous Play
  Hiring Friends: The Upside and Downside of Loyalty-Based Hires1:14:16
  Slides: Hiring Friends: The Upside and Downside of Loyalty-Based HiresPDF
  Hiring Friends: The Upside and Downside of Loyalty-Based Hires Glossary/IndexPDF