Superstar Development or Collaborative Teams?

I had a manager use a Harvard Business article to inform the management team that there were “A” players and “B” players, and we should appreciate and recognize the “B” players on the team. The article warns that “companies’ long-term performance — even survival — depends far more on the unsung commitment and contributions of their B players.

This was a real turn-off.

Who wants to be called a “B” player, and for that matter, who wants “B” players are their team? The term is used for someone who is not a high performer, the…