I fail to see how any of this is bad in any possible way. Mayer is doing the exact right thing to try to turn Yahoo around.
You can’t become an A-list powerhouse by hiring B-list talent. And that’s especially true when you’re starting on the C-list.
Reminded of two Steve Jobs quotes, which are so so so true:
“The Mac team was an attempt to build a whole team like that, A players. People said they wouldn’t get along, they’d hate working with each other. But I realized that A players like to work with A players, they just didn’t like working with C players.”
“I’m brutally honest, because the price of admission to being in the room with me is I get to tell you you’re full of shit if you’re full of shit, and you get to say to me I’m full of shit, and we have some rip-roaring fights. And that keeps the B players, the bozos, from larding the organization, only the A players survive. And the people who do survive, say, ‘Yeah, he was rough.’ They say things even worse than ‘He cut in line in front of me,’ but they say, ‘This was the greatest ride I’ve ever had, and I would not give it up for anything.”