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Ask Your "A" Players This 1 Key Question

This Seth Godin truth grenade I read this morning is too good not to share.

When one person doesn't contribute, the entire system loses impact.

Every time an "A" player has to cajole a "B" or "C" player into doing their job, you are unnecessarily taxing your top talent.

There's a cost when we're stretched too thin to lead, train and motivate new colleagues or veterans. 

This friction causes fatigue and frustration, sure.

But most critically for most businesses, the tax on “A” players is why they believe they’re at capacity and can’t imagine being able to sustainably lead more clients. 

If you’re in a leadership role, consider sharing Seth’s quote with a few “A” players as a conversation starter and see what you learn.

Often people hold back thinking helping is being a team player and they don't want to be viewed as complaining. If you really want the truth of how much this issue is slowing your team's growth, try this.

"I need your help. What do I need to know that you don't think I want to hear?"

You’re the “A” player? Pay attention to the patterns of who needs your help and when. Find time to walk your leadership through your observations and offer recommendations to lift your entire team.

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