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Andrew Jensen
Andrew Jensen

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What is an A Player?

Have you ever asked yourself, why are some people promoted more than others within the tech space? Why are some more hireable than others?

Enter, the A Player

So who is the A Player?

Simply put, the A player (although qualities do differ from person to person), are people that share some key common qualities:

  • Analytical skills and intelligence – they solve complex problems
  • High energy, proactivity and efficiency – they get the job done
  • Need for achievement and persistence– they have a drive to succeed
  • Self-awareness and integrity – they make teams work better
  • Personal responsibility – they don’t make excuses
  • Organisation and planning – they are strong at delivering strategy through action plans

No one is born an A Player, they become one by developing these qualities over time.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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Andrew Jensen

I've been in the tech space for 25 years. I thank the heavens daily that there is always something new to learn.

You've mentioned something important in your response though. Constructive criticism is paramount to growth. I think that may be the hardest thing to learn. Not to take it personally.