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Building a Company one “C” Player at a time

c report cardHow do you build a team of “A” players?

We all want “A” players right? WRONG!! This country let alone companies are built on honest to goodness everyday hard working “C” players.

They are the salt of the earth and they are the rock of a nation or any organization.

AND you can develop” C” players into you future stars. But remember “C” players have huge value.

Don’t get me wrong there will always be “C” players because sometimes that is all they want to be and that is ok.

The art of leadership is about knowing who you develop and who simply is great at what they do all day long and knowing that that is all they want to do.

Building “people strength” comes from knowing that knowledge is needed at all “intellectual or motivational “levels of an organization.

We all don’t need to be “A”.  “The art of  loving what you do and doing just that” is immensely  valuable.  I have known “C” Players to be some of the best in the companies I have worked for and yes they have been strategists and planners.

Remembering that your business is of no value without the right people in the right jobs at the right time AND DOING THE RIGHT THINGS AT THE RIGHT BUSINESS LEVELS must not go unnoticed and is a key people strategy.

So when everyone is looking for the scarce “A” player” the companies that will move forward in the longer run will be the ones who know that the talent is already within. They just needed to figure out how to turn that piece of coal into a diamond, furthermore recognize that coal itself is an essential fuel.

By the way what is a “C” player? They are the ones often rated as “average”.

The thing is, many of those average people changed the world and we simply did not notice!

Talent is Artistry!

Talent is the source of creativity

Creativity produces Design

Design produces great Product

Product that needs to be shipped

Products that no one knew they wanted but when they see it they cannot live without it

Talent drives strategy

Strategy drives organizational positioning

Organizational positioning defines marketplace

Marketplace identifies customers

“Exquisite Customer imagination satisfaction” derives a platform for future creativity

Creativity demands that employees are artistes

The ONLY role of a LEADER is to develop and nurture the artist!


Career changes for 2012 “do I stay or do I go?”

As much as we hear about how bad the economy is, we know that there are companies hiring career jobs.  The question is what do we think of the job we currently have?

Are you in it for the long term and you should be asking yourself these questions.

1.     Do I have passion in my job?

2.     Are the goals I am given realistic? They did not ask me!

3.     Am I a helper monkey or part of the team?

4.     Years of no reviews, so, how am I exceeding expectations? Do they value me?

5.     Career Development?  Is it there? Do they care?

6.     Is my talent being used, or am I wasting away at no brainer stuff?

7.     Are our strategies and priorities’ in line with each other and what do they mean?

8.     Compensation “what is that?” When did I get my last increase?

9.     Team accountability. WHAT!  It is always someone else who shouts louder!

10.  Consistency or Chaos in the workplace. Structure or disorder? It never changes!

Sound familiar? Well maybe the job you have is not the job you want or is it the job you deserve?

It is that time of the year when you can ask yourself what do I want for 2012 and do I deserve more?

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