Earlier today I was talking to a successful entrepreneur and we got into detail about our backgrounds. At one point he offered up that he was a doer entrepreneur and not an ideator entrepreneur. When presented with a challenge or opportunity he plows right through it, but coming up with new products or business ideas isn’t his thing. He values the ideas founder while realizing he’s better off playing to his strength as a doer.
Now, entrepreneurs in general are doers and love to get stuff done. Some ideator entrepreneurs are more head-in-the-clouds type people that are always dreaming up the next scheme, and for them they either need to turn on the doer switch or partner up with someone else that’s got more doer and less ideator in them. Either way, the world needs all types.
For those interested in entrepreneur interviews, Michael Tavani has a great series of videos online called On Doers at ondoers.com. Tavani clearly understands the doer nature of founders and is great at asking sharp questions.
The next time you talk to an entrepreneur, dig in and find out their archetype — are they more doer or ideator.
What else? What are your thoughts on differentiating entrepreneurs as doers and ideators?