The Weakest Player on the All Star Team
As my kids have played on many sports teams over the years, I’ve heard them and their friends complain endlessly about whichever teammate gets a little more opportunity than the others thinks he deserves. For instance: who’s the weakest player on Varsity, the All Star Team or in the starting lineup… and if he made it, why didn’t I? In business, Ben Horowitz calls this The Law of Crappy People:
The Law of Crappy People states: For any title level in a large organization, the talent on that level will eventually converge to the crappiest person with the title. The rationale behind the law is that the other employees in the company with lower titles will naturally benchmark themselves against the crappiest person at the next level.