Whether looking for a vendor or prospective employee, the natural tendency is to trust the first person you find who will answer your immediate need… ignoring proper due diligence like calling references or double-checking any claims. It’s easier than ever to perform a cursory background check on potential business associates, so your employees just need to form good habit of actually doing it.

This silly clip from “Baby Boom” should remind your employees to put in their due diligence.


Here, Diane Keaton hires a babysitter on the spot simply because she doesn’t appear as oddball as her other applicants. It should serve as a good trigger for the importance of due diligence (as well as not judging people based on first impressions).

NOTE: For our purposes, the lesson ends at 1:18, when Keaton says, “You’re hired.”




Did the mother perform good due diligence? Why or why not?

What is appropriate due diligence before choosing a vendors or hiring an employee?

What is the biggest hurdle to you being able to perform proper due diligence and how can you overcome it?



Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. He will be speaking at SCCE Compliance & Ethics Conference in Las Vegas.

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