I don't necessarily agree with all that this quotation infers but it's been rattling around my head this morning for various reasons:
"Steve Jobs [had] a saying that A players hire A players; B players hire C players; and C players hire D players. It doesn't take long to get to Z players. This trickle-down effect causes bozo explosions in companies."
Also I'm way more able to do a lot of troubleshooting and correction of errors than my boss, while being way less able to manage things, does that make me be more or less capable than my employer?
@dajbelshaw @sotolf @epilepticrabbit we had it as a rule of thumb in our student fraternity that unless you pay attention you would invite new members slightly less cool / awesome / adding to the mix and end up with a slow decline year over year. Regression to the mean / reversion to mediocrity. No need to label people A to D, because it's not the people, it's you doing the selection without paying enough attention to the regression effect: we choose those like we are or a little less by default
@ton @dajbelshaw @epilepticrabbit So a company should have managers only hiring people that are good at managing to keep regression from happening? That seems a bit suspect to me, a company needs a variety of people, some that are good at managing, some that are good at technical stuff, some that are good at cleaning, some that are good at selling and so on, diversity is what is needed isn't it?
@ton @dajbelshaw @epilepticrabbit So basically being aware of what your biases are and doing the opposite of what the quote says, which is something I wholeheartedly agree about :) Seek for people with more skills than you to help you out where you need it, and let yourself focus on the things that you're good at :)
@dajbelshaw @ton @epilepticrabbit For sure there is, and one thing that I feel am that people don't reach potential is that they buy into this sense that they are one kind of person, and that's all, measured on the "Macho Alfa" "scale" I'm not a very successful and person with potential, but on other scales I'm doing pretty well. So much of it has to do with perspective :)
@dajbelshaw @ton @epilepticrabbit I don't know what was meant in that post, which is why I asked earlier :) But this whole categorising people thing is so difficult, since we have no real measurement to measure by, someone having skills in one thing aren't neccesarily better than someone else having other skills, that's basically the difference between people :)
@dajbelshaw @ton @epilepticrabbit Well I don't know, skills kind of is what I think of people as, but then again I count things like soft skills, determination and discipline as skills more than other traits in general :) I don't know it might be that I'm just talking about something else than what you intended and that I interpreted it differently from what was meant :)
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