“A players hire A+ players.Actually, Steve believed that A players hire A players—that is people who are as good as they are. I refined this slightly—my theory is that A players hire people even better than themselves. It’s clear, though, that B players hire C players so they can feel superior to them, and C players hire D players. If you start hiring B players, expect what Steve called “the bozo explosion” to happen in your organization.”
Guy Kawasaki in a blog entitled,”What l learnt from Steve Jobs.”
I’ve seen the bozo explosion first-hand. An amazing company with a world-beating technology was maimed, strangled and finally withered away a decade later due to the bozo explosion shortly after it went IPO.
The IPO brought in a great deal of cash, which was used to fund too many bozos for the company to recover. There was an influx of high-salary bozos who had no interest in the company or the industry and then bought in more bozos as their direct reports. It took over a year and a downsize to remove most of them but the damage was already done. Most of the A listers survived the cull though.
If the IPO had funded genuine talent, I have few doubts that the company would still be thriving now.
There aren’t many A listers in OSS globally, so they’re a valuable commodity that need to be retained and developed, naturally. A listers do tend to beget A listers whilst bozos beget bozos so the value of A listers is more than just themselves.Read the Passionate About OSS Blog for more or Subscribe to the Passionate About OSS Blog by Email