It’s been months since I quit my day time job as a financial analyst. Though I don’t particularly miss staring at Excel all day long, I learned some of the most valuable lessons there about teamwork. The company I worked for is a global multibillion dollar company with traditional management structure. Its traditional command-and-control management method was conducive to avoidance of taking risks and fear of changes. My coworkers would talk about the company’s heydays and people who left the company because of the cultural misfit. I wonder to myself “Then who are these people that are still working for this company after 30 years?”
This is my grand theory.
There are three types of people: Dreamers, Doubters and Doers
Dreamers are people who are creative and propose strategic plans for the company’s future. They are risk takers. They think long-term rather than short-term. However, they often fall in the trap of getting emotionally attached to their ideas and coming up with seemingly unachievable goals.
Doubters are people who can foresee the obstacles in the future. They are your brutally honest friends that will tell you millions of reasons why your new idea sucks. They are often mistaken as a pessimist or a doomsayer. If utilized correctly, they will ground a dreamer’s dream and make it more realistic and foolproof.
Doers are people who can make tactical plans. They see a gold nugget at the peak of the mountain 300 miles ahead of them and can plan the exact route it takes to get to it. They motivate other team members to partake in the workload it takes to get there and make sure the work gets done.
The balance between all three types are VITAL in a successful team.
Often the personality types of those three people will clash and end up in an unresolvable difference in opinion. However, if they learn to work with each other and respect each other’s opinion, the team will be bulletproof and be able to lead the company to long-term success.
So back to my last job. I noticed that most of my coworkers fall in the category of Doubters. Some Doers – though, scarce resource. Very few Dreamers.