Steve Jobs was right. He said that “A small team of A players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players.” Put simply, an A player is someone in the top 10% of the available talent pool. They communicate effectively, are honest, transparent and eager to learn, and they just don’t quit. B players make up the next 25% of the talent pool. Then there’s the C players – they’re everyone else.
Think about this: Apple is a company that, as of today, is valued at around $490 billion. Now I’m not saying that Apple got to that level of success just by hiring A players. But if we only look at the people who work for Apple and we know Apple only hires A players, we can attribute some of – perhaps even a lot of – the company’s success to who they hire.
The top 10% of IT consultants – the A players – have 5 traits that put them head and shoulders above the rest of the crowd. The traits may seem simple but, the key to success here is consistency. Only doing some of these things and not others won’t add up to A player status...