We talk a lot about the importance of building a team of A-Players, but what does that mean?
An A-Player is someone who is the right person in the right seat at the right time. The “right person” is someone who aligns with our core values – relationships, service, and expertise.
The “right seat” means that the right people are operating in positions that leverage their skills and passion. For example, a basketball coach doesn’t appoint an agile, 5’ 4” player to play center or a 7’ player to play point guard.
The “right time” implies that people who are not A-Players can become them and vice versa. The Patriots have a strong track record of finding average players from other teams who will be an A-Player in their system.
The right person in the right seat at the right time is often based on growing into or out of a seat, changing company objectives, and the stage of the company.
In my opinion, everyone is an A-Player at something. The success of J2 will depend on creating a team that is full of A-Players who make each other better.
Here is what Harvard Business School defined as consistent qualities of A-Players:1
|1.||Set stretch goals and adopt high standards for themselves.|
|3.||Volunteer to represent the group.|
|4.||Embrace change, rather than resisting it.|
|6.||Walk the talk.|
|7.||Use good judgment.|
|8.||Display personal resilience.|
|9.||Give honest feedback.|
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” —Albert Einstein
Have a great weekend.
1Zenger, Jack & Folkman, Joseph. The Behaviors That Define A-Players. Harvard Business Review. (April 11, 2014). Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2014/04/what-a-players-do
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I frequently attend conferences and retreats on entrepreneurship and leadership and while I am away, the J2 team picks up the slack, allowing me to learn to be better at what I do. I wanted to share what I was learning with my team, so I created the weekly FFfT emails in November of 2015 and have been writing them ever since.
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