My company has undergone a lot of changes in the past few months and it has made me think a lot about personalities and companies. One of those observations has been about the “Can Do” type people. It’s been universally suggested that these go-getter “Can Do” people are the ones that every company should get as many of as they can. Undoubtedly, these people make some of the best entrepreneurs and some of the best leaders in any organization.
They also have their dangers. Can do people often fail to prioritize properly and end up with 60% of 10 things done and nothing finished. Every organization needs to have it’s “Default Answer No” people around too. I think one of the key differences between the best entrepreneurs in the world and less successful entrepreneurs is an acknowledgement that some of their advisers must be “Default Answer No” people and that they have to be very careful when they do something even though the “No Guy” isn’t buying it. I’m not saying you don’t overrule him sometimes, I’m just saying you do so carefully.