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The Ethics Coach on Dealing With Backstabbing

What to do when someone you trust betrays you and how to address a competitor who cops to unethical behavior.
Do you have an ethical dilemma?
Write to The Ethics Coach at ethics@entrepreneur.com.

Q: How do you deal with a person who moves in on your clients or opportunities after you invited him into your inner circle? Worst of all, he did it by bad-mouthing me.

That's the danger of giving a potential competitor a seat at your table before you know how he or, with no loyalty owed--and that he saw your clients and prospects as fair game, with smack talk as his go-to marketing strategy.

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