Who the hell is Lou Adler and how dare he come up with such a brilliant, simple, and concise description of the workplace? There Are Only Four Jobs in the Whole World – Are You in the Right One?
Everything starts with an idea. This is the first of the four jobs – the Thinkers. Builders convert these ideas into reality. This the second job. Improvers make this reality better. This is the third job. Producers do the work over and over again, delivering quality goods and services to the company’s customers in a repeatable manner. This is the fourth job. And then the process begins again with new ideas and new ways of doing business being developed as the old ones become stale.
In the post, Lou goes into more detail as to the roles the Thinkers, Builders, Improvers and Producers play. So go read it. All of this reminds me of the team assessment I recently did for the LMA board of directors, via The Gabriel Institute. Talk about light bulbs going on in a room. Not only did I understand myself at a whole new level, I started to understand and appreciate the VALUE every person, including myself, on that board brings to the TEAM. I am sooooooo tired of looking inward at me, me, me. I want to know more about how this mish-mosh, mutt of a person/employee/leader interacts and works with YOU. What dynamic do I bring to the team? And is the team the right group of people to get the job done? So, let me introduce myself, I’m an ENTJ who is a Driver (dominance). But more importantly, to the team, I am the Conductor (solving tough problems) and an Improver.