No doubt you want your startup to be filled with ‘A player’ hackers and hustlers.
This is the common reason why we people talk up the importance of so called A players:
A Players attract A Players
B Players attract C players.
Personally, I think we are all A,B and C players. What determines our quality of play is the culture we are immersed in. The people we are around, the tasks we are asked to do, whether this is the right industry or project for us, and maybe even the playing habits of those in charge.
I strongly believe A, B and C players are a function of the environment, not the person. We’ve all had periods and places where we’ve excelled and others where we have been the weak link. So in real terms, our job in any organisation should be about creating a culture where A players happen to emerge.
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