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Pioneering Talent Strategy: Elon Musk Echoes Steve Jobs’ Wisdom on Recruiting ‘A’ Players

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A Shared Vision: Musk and Jobs on Building Dream Teams

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk recently endorsed the hiring philosophy advocated by late Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, emphasizing the importance of assembling top talent to foster success.

What Transpired: Jobs’ convictions on team-building centered around the idea that a compact group of “A” caliber individuals could outperform a larger team of “B” and “C” players.

Musk, currently the world’s third wealthiest individual with a net worth of $189 billion per the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, concurred, deeming the philosophy “valid.”

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Jobs’ success, as he described, was built on scouting exceptional talents and steering clear of settling for mediocrity by exclusively seeking out “A” players.

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Jobs’ reliance was on the capabilities and dedication of his team, rather than on technological advancements.

Former Apple CEO John Sculley emphasized that even in Apple’s nascent stages, Jobs’ team comprised individuals who had never ventured into commercial product development. Their unwavering belief in Jobs and his vision drove them forward.

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Musk remarked, “I’ve noticed that once you’ve accumulated enough ‘A’ players, say, five of them through relentless pursuit, they revel in collaborating since they haven’t had such an opportunity before.”

To his acclaim, Musk steered the development of Tesla, SpaceX, xAI, and erstwhile ventures like PayPal. Additionally, he co-founded OpenAI, a pioneering entity in the AI domain.

Jobs believed that an ‘A’ player team is self-sustaining, attracting similar talents effortlessly.

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“They are averse to teaming up with ‘B’ and ‘C’ players, thus forming an informal filter, hence desiring only ‘A’ players,” Musk remarked. “This leads to the inception of clusters of ‘A’ players, creating a ripple effect.”

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Disclaimer: This content was partially produced with the help of Benzinga Neuro and was reviewed and published by Benzinga editors.

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