A Players | Steve Jobs | Hiring The Best [Post & Quotes]

Steve-Jobs-1983-hugo-avilesIn business, there are several fundamental variables that govern the way people work with one another.   The challenge is that people are very emotional and cannot subdue to the mental torture of entrepreneurship.  That is why A+  Players enjoy working with other A+ Players.  This analogy also applies to sports, academics, and for the sake of this post, business.

“I have learned over the years that when you have really good people, you do not have to baby them.  By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things.  The original MAC team taught me that “A+” players like to work together and they do not like it if you tolerate “B” work!  Ask any of my MAC team players, they will tell you that it was worth working through all the pain.” – Steve Jobs

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Competition Breads Excellence

Accomplished athletes have very difficult times performing at the top of their game when playing against inferior opponents.  The fact is that the quality of the competition that you surround yourself with dictates the overall level of the way in which you play the game.  Let’s call this the “Darwin” strategy of business and life. When you play with and against others that are better than you, you will soon become better than them.  Let evolution take its course.

Competitive Collaboration

When talented individuals with the same synergy and intense work ethic collaborate with one another, shit will get done.

“I noticed that the dynamic range between what an average person could accomplish and what the best person could accomplish was 50 or 100 to 1.Given that, you’re well advised to go after the cream of the cream….A small team of A+ players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players.“—Steve Jobs

A+ Company Culture

In order for A + Players to exponentially grow, they need an environment and company culture that supports their unique collaboration.  All egos aside, an A+ Player culture demands a competitive environment with a common goal.

“Some people can do one thing magnificently, like Michelangelo, and others make things like semiconductors or build 747 airplanes — that type of work requires legions of people. In order to do things well, that can’t be done by one person, you must find extraordinary people.”- Steve Jobs

Hiring A+ Players

Small companies make the mistake of not hiring A+ players during their initial start-up phase.  This is a common error that small start-ups cannot afford to make.

 “When you’re in a startup, the first ten people will determine whether the company succeeds or not. Each is 10 percent of the company. So why wouldn’t you take as much time as necessary to find all the A players? If three were not so great, why would you want a company where 30 percent of your people are not so great? A small company depends on great people much more than a big company does.” – Steve Jobs

 

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Great Read

I found a great excerpt from the book, In The Company Of Giants, that you might want to take a glance at.   In the book, Steve Jobs discuses the importance of hiring A+ players and why it should be the firms most important task.   Click To Read More

 

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