In a lot of projects that I’ve participated in I’ve worked with a lot of no-good-assholes. They think they’re big shots and know everything but when it’s time to really do something they just get out of the way. Not in a good way. A lot of times I like people to stay out of the way - most people anyway. Because most people suck at what they do.
They suck at what they do mostly because they hate their job or their boss. For the few, it’s actually possible to like what they’re doing. Unfortunately the world is not fair and for the majority of our species it’s just not possible.
If you hate your job, quit. By sticking around you are making everybody feel bad. They can’t do their job properly even if they like it because you ruin the mood and the flow. Quit and let people do their jobs well. Let them be great at what they do.
A-players attract other a-players. You probably learned this already in elementary school. Smart students paired up with other smart kids in group projects. Sure there was an occasional free rider but when in an a-player group they performed better as well. But if they didn’t they would be kicked out.
It works the other way around as well. When an a-player is put together with a b-group his performance will eventually suffer. Or he will get bored and just bolt. He will find something better to do in no time. A-players seek others alike and they seek grade A projects.
This is an important concept for an employer to understand. If you rely heavily on human resource and knowledge you need to plan your teams better. If you don’t reward your a-players they will leave. But you don’t need to do this (only) with oversized cheques or free trips to Bali. A-players want interesting projects and they want to work in interesting projects with other a-players.
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