B players and C players are far worse than D’s and F’s. In fact, in my experience, B players are the worst hires you can make.
Before getting into the details, it may be useful to level-set and explain what I mean by these employee stereotypes (although there have been some differences of opinion over the years.)
A player: Fully self-sufficient and takes initiative that positively impacts the company.
B player: Does some things well, but not fully self-sufficient, and not consistently strong.
C player: Just average, and does not excel in any area.
D player: Poor performer, and shouldn’t last long if you are a half-capable manager.
F player: Should be out…like yesterday.
Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/06/why-hiring-b-players-will-kill-your-startup/#m1Qy3BSw1UBmSor1.99