The question is about increasing the competency level of a team, in a big company.
I am trying to understand how corporations maintain a talented workforce in their teams. So far I can see a common model where a manager brings in lieutenants who might or might not be talented and productive. These lieutenants are positioned strategically to reinforce the manager's power.
The onus of being productive and deliver often falls on the shoulders of other team members, who might be more productive and end up being critical to deliver. These people are meant to be "team players" and help "laggers" in their work, as it's a "team effort".
Ideally, the whole team would be selected to a certain standard. But the request is to "help bad performers". The group of bad performers than keeps hiring in a similar way, with "connected people" being compensated by more productive individuals.
By following the requirement of "being a team player", one ends up supporting and validating the previous groups of bad performers. The question is: is such a model the standard for big companies, and is there a way to increase the team's level and pressure bad performers to move out of the way?