A Players: High Worth + High Worry

A Players: High Worth + High Worry

John Stevenson (JG Stevenson Associates, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-535-3.ch017
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Abstract

The term “A Players” was not a familiar categorization for staff until this author had been leading Information Technology organizations for over twenty five years. “A Players” as well as B, C and D Players is a common term for local charity and Pro-Am golf tournaments where competitively equal golf foursomes are created by balancing the known golf prowess and skills in each group. The “A Player” is the top ranked player in the group and “should” be the “low” or best scorer during play. The “B” Player is the next most skilled and so on. During my youth and mid-adult years, the author pursued other non-golf hobbies and activities such as boating and flying where “A Player” wasn’t a common term.
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Definition Of An A Player

Taking a step back, what is the definition of an A Player when it comes to the Information Technology staff function in a corporation? I found that there isn’t a specific prescription or exact set of criteria for an A Players attributes across the broad staff types of an IT function. However, there are some common traits that exist across most of these top contributors.

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