The Pros and Cons of Dreamers and Doers

Dreamers who can’t get things done waste talent and resources. Doers who can’t dream reach too low.

Doers have their feet on the ground and their head in the sand. Dreamers have their feet in the air and their head in the clouds.

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Dreamers:

  1. Believe everything is up for improvement.
  2. Think decisions are soft squishy things.
  3. Say yes to new ideas easily.
  4. Leap to the next level when it’s not necessary. Dreamers frustrate doers when they keep saying, “What about ….”
  5. Prefer starting to finishing.
  6. Hate systems and repetition. Nothing has to be done the same way twice.
  7. Underestimate difficulties.
  8. Overestimate opportunities.
  9. Chase new ideas like the fox chases rabbits.
  10. Wonder why doers drag their feet.

Bonus: Progress is enough.

Doers:

  1. Prefer finishing to perfecting.
  2. Think decisions are things to be acted on, not rethought.
  3. Feel fulfilled when projects are completed.
  4. Say no to new ideas easily. “It’s a great idea, but somebody has to do it.”
  5. Love systems. Excellence is a well-oiled machine that produces excellent results reliably with minimal input or oversight.
  6. Stay focused like a dog on a bone.
  7. Make up reasons why it won’t work. They have a low tolerance for learning as you go.
  8. Evaluate new ideas skeptically.
  9. Wish dreamers would just finish something.
  10. Choose the path to success quickly. Creating options is over-rated.

Bonus: Just get it done.

7 Tips:

  1. Begin with dreamers end with doers.
  2. Listen to dreamers for ideas.
  3. Listen to doers about execution.
  4. Potential options paralyze dreamers. Potential problems paralyze doers.
  5. Dreamers are paralyzed by options. “What if we miss something?”
  6. Everyone is both a doer and a dreamer in varying degrees.
  7. Getting stuff done takes you further than dreaming without action.

Dreams are good; action is best.

What frustrates you about dreamers? Doers?

How do leaders best leverage the strengths of dreamers and doers?