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A-Players Want to Have an Impact

A-Players Want to Have an Impact

A-Players want to make money, yes, but typically they want to do more – they want to leave their mark and have an impact on an organization. They have good ideas. They don’t just want their ideas heard. They want the resources and the freedom to implement those ideas and make a difference.

The New York Times ran an article about a year ago where this dynamic was discussed. People move from Google to Facebook and from Facebook to the “next big thing” because they want to hit it big financially, but also because the vibrant, flexible company they joined has become so huge that they can’t have (or at least don’t think they can have) the impact they once did.

What’s the implication for your business? You have to both be and perceived to be a place where great people can make their mark. A-players don’t want to hide behind bureaucracy. They want direct access to people who can “green light” their projects. They want to be included in your inner circle. They want freedom to try new things.

The time to think about assembling your dream team is now, before the economy heats up. Who are the handful of individuals you want to attract and hire to your business? How can you provide them with the environment they want to give them the money they need and the chance to make a big IMPACT?

See “Another Difficulty for a Microsoft-Yahoo Marriage: Recruiting,” Published: February 4, 2008

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