Make Sure That Your Team is Comprised of A and B Players

Let’s face it, some people are better workers than others. Just like it was in high school, people can be graded as A, B, C, and D players at work. It’s been said that in management, A players want to work with A+ players, and that B players want to work with C players.

You only want to have A players in management. If you accidentally promote or hire a B player to management, after a period of time you need to sit down with them and transition them to a non-management position if you cannot get them to raise their game.

Fire the D players swiftly. You don’t want any of them on your team at all. However, C players are a different story. You want them to become B players. Be fair to them; sit down and spell out exactly what your expectations of them are. Give them a reasonable chance to improve, working with HR to document the process. Let them know that B players are the minimum that your organization can tolerate and support. They will grow to become the backbone of your organization.

Forbes – Don’t Get Held Hostage to Bad Employees

Promote Your Ideas Through Massive Effort

I previously wrote about the fear of someone stealing your ideas. What’s important is that you believe in your ideas enough to put massive effort into developing them to the point that you dominate the sector with your implementation.

Once you have done this, you should have no fear in sharing them. Gone are the days that a VC is going to sign an NDA. So share your ideas with them, secure in the knowledge that you have developed them so far that no one else can surpass you. Tell everyone that you know what you are up to in order to get word of mouth excitement brewing. Free of the worry that you are giving away the “secret sauce” to your invention and your future.

You Don’t Learn About Success By Studying Failure

Over the course of my career I’ve had different conversations with people who defended their decisions to stay at a job that either wasn’t fulfilling, or didn’t offer them any room for growth. Frequently, one of the main reasons given for staying ends up being, “but at least I’m learning what not to do”.

That has got to be one of the worst excuses to stay. Ever.

You don’t learn about success by studying failure. Think about it for a moment — can you learn to be a world class tennis player by watching poor players? How about trying to become a champion chess player? You study Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, not Grandpa and the guy down the street!

Want to learn how to have a successful marriage? Don’t waste your time studying failed marriages, and say that you’ll just do the opposite. If you study failed marriages, you will notice that they probably argue a lot. But guess what, people who have successful marriages argue too?! The difference being that in successful marriages they fight fair. If you decide that in order to have a successful marriage that you will never argue, well, good luck with that. Going to bed angry with your spouse is heading down a path that could quite likely lead to the end of your marriage.

If you want to grow, surround yourself with people who are better than you. If you want to be a better programmer, work with great programmers. If you want to be a better manager, observe how great managers operate.

Now, go out there and do it!

Stop Thief!

Being worried about someone stealing my ideas speaks more about me than it does about them. Why? Because ideas are cheap, and execution is expensive.

If I’m worried about them stealing my ideas, then what I am really saying is that I don’t have faith in myself. Faith in my ability to implement my ideas faster and better than they can.

Naturally, I’ve got a head start on them with the idea. After all, it is my idea. But, if they can get it out of the gate faster than me, then what I am really saying is that I am not committed to the idea. Not committed to putting in the effort into making it work.

If I am afraid that they are more committed than I am, then that is why I am afraid of sharing my ideas with them in the first place.

If I can’t take action on my ideas before someone else does, then maybe I didn’t deserve them in the first place!

Becoming A Better Writer

It was a dark and stormy night.

Err, no. One of the reasons for me starting this blog was to try and become a better writer. While I’m generally known as a good communicator, writing does not come easy for me. It always seems to take too much time to convey the message that I want to get across.

Maybe it was just the high school I attended, but my English classes mostly covered literature, with little focus on writing. I don’t feel like I ever learned how to write. For the longest time, I thought that the way to become a better writer was to read more – and while that is probably true, it’s high time that I started writing more.